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Sunday, 25 July 2021

The Sew Over It Eve dress

A post 

I love this pattern, I have one with the fluttery sleeves, but wanted another one with short straight sleeves 

What I love most about it is that the front wraps over for the entire width of the front so even on the breeziest of days I know that my modesty will stay intact.

I made it in cotton Jersey which is a fabric I turn to a lot. It is cool, comfortable easy to sew and easy to wear.

This particular fabric  comes in several colours but I love this blue best of all 

I just made one alteration to the pattern  by shortening the straight sleeves a bit more. I chose the dipped back. I think that if you are a wheelchair user I would choose the other option and have a "normal" hem, the dip in the back is not necessary if seated a lot and could get tangled in the wheels. I would consider the floaty sleeves though to draw attention to your upper body. A statement necklace would be great too 

I have parkinsons and sometimes struggle to manage fastenings, and so this is a perfect garment for me to get in and out of easily as it is held together ,securely I must add, by ties. 

Please do read my entire post on  Web site and you can order this fabric too


It is an easy pattern to sew and fitting is minimal so I would concentrate on fitting the top  - there is room for a large meal under the full skirt.

The style is flirty and feminine and you will certainly be asked where you bought it from! And you know what your response will be don't you 

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Wednesday, 21 July 2021


 The Nina Lee Mayfair Dress from Simply Sewing magazine

Pattern review 

I admit that i do not  normally buy magazines but there are some fabulous paper patterns in this one so I did not hesitate. 

The Mayfair Dress is a very easy sew and it comes with two length and sleeve options 

I chose a fine cotton Jersey from my own stash 

The pattern requires piecing together but this is not a problem, it is very easy to do.

In order to save fabric and therefore money, I shortened the length by 6" before cutting out.

Sewing the collar facings instructions from the pattern instructions 

Sewing is plain sailing,in fact I made it in an evening. The only part which requires a bit of thought is forming a tunnel by rolling the fabric up tightly so that the back facing edge can be enclosed.
Once you realise that you only need to sew the back from shoulder to shoulder it becomes less daunting. A zipper foot helps 

I think that this is a superb Dress, very comfortable to wear and very cool

It is fabulous for people like  me who prefer to cover up in the sun.

The collar is soft and drapes well, so I resisted the temptation to press any creases in it and allowed it to drapes naturally 

I have made Nina Lee dresses before and I have always been happy with them, this is no  exception,  so I urge you to give it a go yourself.
Please contact me by any of my social media channels if you have any questions 

Best wishes

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

McCalls 8064 in cotton jersey

 McCalls 8064 in cotton Jersey from 

details of fabric and pattern are on Cotton jersey dress so please do take a look 

This cotton Jersey fabric is substantial in weight which makes it hang beautifully,  and also makes it easy to sew.

The pattern is by McCalls and I chose the medium size. I am finding with McCalls at the moment the sizing is running small so I made one or two alterations to make it fit comfortably.  This only demonstrates that it is always necessary to cut out the size which best reflects your own  body measurements and  not to assume that you are the same size for every pattern company because you won't be.

That aside this is a very beautiful dress and I feel that it is smart enough for a wedding. 

I altered the length to somewhere in the middle of their two length options using a ruler to measure accurately.

This is an easy sew which under different circumstances ( I have been going through massive home improvements) I would have finished in a couple of days. 

This is a dress to take you through the seasons and the full length version would be perfect in a sparkly stretch fabric for evening events - should they ever happen again!

The short dress with short or no sleeves is perfect for summer days.

This pattern easily suits any age group and any figure, so go ahead and make one for yourself,  just pay attention to getting the sizing correct ,and you will have a dress which will quickly become a firm favourite and which you will wear time and time again.

I love this fabric, it is stylish and best of all there are five fabulous colours to choose from.

I would love to see your version of this dress

Happy sewing 



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