Isn't it funny how sewing inspiration strikes? I'd had this red flowery viscose in my stash since last summer, but didn't have a plan for it.
That was until I saw these two lovely makes from Sarah from Like Sew Amazing, and Abi from The Crafty Pin Up. Sarah made a tea dress from the same fabric, and Abi made a Sew Over It Doris dress, so I though it would be a nice idea to combine the two.
I'd been swapping over my winter and summer clothes and this dress has been a favourite, so I thought I'd re-use the pattern.
This time I added a proper button placket, and had grand plans for adding the same capped sleeves. Stupidly I cut out the wrong ones, and didn't have enough fabric to re-cut as I had used the leftovers to made bias tape. Oh well.
The skirt is my good old half circle skirt, and the fabric is some viscose from Cotton Reel Studio. They don't have it anymore, but I know I've seen it at Like Sew Amazing. The fabric was stablised with some spray starch, which helped a lot.
The neckline and armholes are finished with the aforementioned bias tape, and it has side seam pockets and a centre back invisible zip.
I got a rolled hem foot with my Elna 680 when I bought it a two and a half years ago, but had never used it (you can't rush these things...). So I thought I'd finally give it a go, and it turned out not to be as difficult as I thought. This Singer video was very helpful.
And finally, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm in this month's Love Sewing magazine, which is very exciting! There a piece by the fabulous Angeline Murphy who is chatting about sewing in Northern Ireland. I get a mention along with Suzie from Threadquarters, Christine from Colour and Cloth, and Susanne from Sew Custom. If your from Northern Ireland and you sew, then hop on over to Instagram and use the hashtags #northernirelandsews or #belfastsews to find more of us, because we're out there!
Have a great weekend,