I was coveting this pattern for a while and waited for the pattern sales...once, twice ... it was never available but on the third sale, I got it. Amy very kindly and generously (she's like that) did offer her copy should I never get one. Love my Spoolette sewing sisters!
My (blood, non sewing) sister does lots of great op shopping and bought this dress ... adult version of the pillowcase dress. It was huge and very long for me so I picked it apart one tv night and it was enough fabric to make this dress if I slimmed down the skirt and make shorter sleeves. Both modifications were fine with me because a) too hot to have the long sleeves now, b) not sure the full skirt wouldn't make me look huge and c) I was testing this pattern out for a beautiful silk my friend brought back from Vietnam for me a few years ago (and keeps asking if I've made anything yet). It is white with flowers and very beautiful but only 2 metres from memory and I wanted to see if it would fit. I immediately bought some nude colour silk lining from The Fabric Store .... also waiting patiently.
I used the neck/shoulder tie for the belt but I sewed it into the side seams.... for some reason the pattern tells you to sew it on the outside... not sure why you would do that... if you sew it in the seam allowance you can use the tie on the back or the front. If you sew it on the outside you could only tie it one way.
The front is very low and I love the look on a smaller busted woman, but for me that is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen so I sewed it up about 10 cm but think I'll close it up a bit more to make it more respectable. The back also needs about 8cm taken out of the shoulder area, even though I made the size 6 top. I have VERY narrow back and shoulders and this is a very loose dress.
I haven't had much time lately. My Mum has been unwell again and doing some housekeeping stuff takes up my meagre weekend. I also had a week off sick... I did manage to sew a few seams here and there between lying on the bed listening to true crime podcasts and coughing my guts up.
Oh, today a lovely friend (sewing friend) and I went out on an impromptu coffee then talked ourselves into going to The Fabric Store.. we couldn't get a park so popped into some op shops around there and I got a few great things. Then I went and picked up another Bernina Active 240 that was a bargain on Gumtree again. I guess I could keep it as a back up but I'll sell it along with many other machines I have to get myself a new lounge I think.
Thanks for the nice comments re my linen cardi. Till next time.