I am Angela and I really love to sew. I started sewing as a child and by the time I was a teenager I was wearing the very latest fashions to go out in. I wear my Handmade clothes almost exclusively Years have passed and I am passionate about reducing the amount of textiles sent to landfill. So I started this blog in order to have a way in which to pass on my gained knowledge, and my professional knowledge to you, free of charge. Sewing is empowering, you can save money by making items, make money by selling then, and you can pass your knowledge on to others. What is not to love? Interestingly I am a direct descendant of the Flemish weavers who came over to England in the 1300's. I find that fascinating especially as most of my family from as far back as I can trace are somehow involved in the manufacturing of fabric . As a child my Saturday mornings were spent at Dads factory playing amongst razor sharp Card Clothing . My grandmother worked in the cotton mills and one of my aunts made bespoke car seats. I have a degree in tailoring with a special interest in WW2 fashion. I have Parkinson's and support disabled people without question. Do ask if you need help or advice on sewing aids and techniques Angela.

Friday, 19 February 2021

McCalls Siella in Navy Crepe. A version of the BUFFET DRESS featured in the GBSB 2021

  This style of dress, the Buffet Dress was featured in the Great British Sewing Bee episode 1 2021

This post shows alternative ways to style it 
Video at the end of the post 

This is my take on McCalls 8085 and the fabric was gifted from,  you can order both fabric and pattern direct from them by reading my post on this link Navy Crepe textured knit fabric and patterndetails

The fabric is very flowing and drapes well. It lends itself very nicely to tops, dresses and skirts.

These necklaces are fun and easy to make. Simply make a tube of your fabric  just large enough to push a polystyrene ball into, push it to the middle and then start to alternate further balls with either a knot or a wide holed bead.
Either tie in a bow at the back or stitch the ends together.  Have fun adding multiple rows.

The beads on the tie belt need to be pulled off before washing 

The orange tone of the wood beads complements my fabric perfectly

I do not wear long dresses normally but I thought that it would be useful to have one in my wardrobe.
It can be worn with trainers, sandals or boots and so it is.versatile enough to be worn all year round 

I felt the dress rather unexciting on its own and the addition of my necklaces, a short Cardigan and boots turns it into a dress which I love and that I will enjoy wearing

Thank you for this fabric 
Don't forget to visit the website where you can order everything you need, My post on

The link to the video is

Do watch this video , it shows the various ways i can wear this dress. How would you style it?



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