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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.

Monday, 27 December 2021

The Sew Over It Eve dress

A Minerva.com 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 Minerva.com  Web site and you can order this fabric too

The SEW OVER IT EVE DRESS on Minerva.com

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 



The direct link to this gorgeous fabric is Cotton Jersey Stretch Knit




My latest version  . A floaty dance dress 





Sew, I made yet another version of this dress , it's a dress for dancing in. I lengthened the skirt, altered the sleeves and sewed a layer or red Jersey under red chiffon. The Jersey is about 10" shorter than the outer fabric.
I love it 










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