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Florence dress

Firstly I wanted to apologise for the lack of posts on my blog….. I found instagram and got a bit hooked on there. Plus felt that I was sharing with less effort / words but I will try harder to do both ( @craftysewandsewindorset )

Anyway, onto my blog post. This is the Florence dress from sew over it, released early via simply sewing magazine. I bought this fabric from Ikea ages ago for Ā£12 for 3 meters pre cut and thought it would be perfect for this maxi dress even if the pattern requires fabric with drape!

The magazine planned this to be a slow sewing challenge as the patterns were in two issues but I just don’t sew like that. Therefore I waited until 2 days before the second issue before I started sewing!

I decided to omit the sleeves, mainly due to the 30 degree heat wave Britain had (note had sadly!!) been experiencing. I made my own bias binding to edge the sleeves using my little bias binding tools.

I originally decided to add poppers as I had bought a new prym tool for this very job, however tiredness and cider made this harder than it sounded!

I eventually gave up after several back to front connections and punching a hole in my dress and added buttons!

This cotton worked so well in the heat so will definitely become a holiday favourite. 


My #Sewtogetherforsummer prizeĀ 

Last month I was picked as a winner for my sew over it Florence dress (you can read about the dress here) and the lovely Sew Hayley Jane gifted me a surprise box as my prize.

The parcel arrived beautifully wrapped with string tied around it and a note attached.

I was given the summer garden party box which contained so many lovely things.

Look at all those goodies!! In the box I got:

– four fat quarters to make bunting

– pretty bias binding tape for bunting 

– prym wax for hand sewing 

– white gutterman thread

– a lovely notebook

– a cute jar of jam

– a few metres of gorgeous white eyelet fabric!!

I had already thought about joining in with #anorlaaffair on instagram and  decided that I would use whatever fabric Hayley sent me and I think this fabric will be perfect.

You can download the Orla dress free following this link. As part of the line up of posts Allie showed her version in white eyelet with a yellow slip underneath which looks beautiful. 

Being a tad obsessed with pink I have bought a stretch cotton in bright pink to line mine (as the white was a tad sheer and holey to not be lined!!).

July is turning out to be a very productive month so far. I have a pattern testing top to finish this week for Sinclair patterns (20% off if you join her Facebook page) and then I can get on to this dress! Plus I need to make my daughter’s play suit and my Megan Nielsen darling range dress for sewmystyle!!

A huge thank you to Hayley, Sarah, Suzi and Monika for organising this sew along and for my gift šŸ˜˜


Things I have made in 2016

December – Sophia top, simple sew


December- toaster sweatshirt, sew house seven


December – ultimate trousers, sew over it (photos to follow)


December- marigold jumpsuit, tilly and the buttons


November- Agnes top, tilly and the buttons


November- cascade duffle coat, grainline


October- dungaree dress, self drafted
October- dog jumper, self drafted


October- super hero outfit, self drafted


October – mccalls M7346


September – Simple Sew Pussy bow blouse


September – Coco funnel neck dress (pic)[/caption]


July – weighted therapeutic blanket


August – McCalls M7038


September – Itch to stitch lindy petal skirt


October – Simple Sew Kate dress (sleeves are now attached!)


August – Sew over it Cami top (fail!)


August – Simple Sew pleated Culottes (picture to come)


July – Sew Over it Poppy playsuit


May/June – Sew over it Anderson Blouse


May/June – Sew house seven Alberta street skirt


April – mcCalls M6605


April – Vintage pattern Style 3686 (excuse the photos)


April – Florence dress


March – Eva dress


February – McCalls M6015


  • Simple sew jersey top 015
  • mcCalls M6983 girls dress
  • Kwik sew tank top
  • Butterick B6051 maxi dress
  • Butterick B5792 pyjamas
  • Kwik sew K3045 men’s sweatshirt
  • McCalls M7351 shirt dress
  • McCalls M7274 girls jersey dress
  • Designer stitch Kat top x 4
  • Great British sewing bee simple tee (hacked with back zip)


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