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, 1 October 2021

My Simple Sew Bella Dress in stretch velvet

 This is a wonderful wearable dress in luxurious  stretch velvet from  , see for more details and order fabric  on.   My Bella Dress info

***Fabric is reduced to £3:99 pm see below for link to purchase  

 You will be amazed and delighted at the price

I love this fabric so very much and the style of dress is perfect. Stretch velvet is very luxurious but easy to wear and easy to sew. I think I am going to take it in a bit more in the hips where it is a bit loose. I like short skirts so I took the hem up, but you can make it longer

***** Even better news, the fabric is on sale! At only £3:99 a metre  so grab some now Velvet stretch knit fabric

The pattern requires a zip but when I was fitting it I realised that because the stretch is so good I didn't need one.

As with any stretch fabric bundle it has is essential to let the garment hang for 24 hours before heming and I was glad I did because it did become uneven.

This is a lovely dress and I know I will wear it a lot. Why don't you make one too?

Pattern hack 

I wanted to make a galabeya for dance class. 

I altered the pattern by lowering the neckline and adding around 12" to the hemline. The side seams are split to mid thigh 

I then set to work adding sequins , add as many as you like, and it is now dance worthy and fab. Especially with my coin belt 

Do have a go, and do check out the price of the fabric!  Link here , 

Fabric info

Happy sewing

Angela - sewangelicthreads