The past few weeks have a been a bit of a blur. It's a super busy time at work which has led to many bleary evenings, early nights and not a lot of sewing time.
I found no inclination to blog, tweet or insta much either. Sometimes life happens you know? It was all made up for a with an amazing long weekend in Barcelona though, mostly for work, for which I feel super lucky. I actually got to go out to a weaving mill and dying plant just outside the city which blew my tiny mind! Maybe I'll do a little post about it it?....but firstly I must talk about this new dress!
I was contacted by the lovely people at The Stitchery in Lewes who asked if I would like to choose some fabric to make up a project of my choosing. I've visited The Stitchery a few times. Lewes is just up the road from Brighton and has been a day trip destination for me all of my life. I have lots of very lovely memories of wandering around the town with my Nan and Grandad, picnics along the river and running around the priory gardens with my cousins. It's the perfect place for a Sunday wander. The Stitchery is based in a little shopping centre of sorts called Riverside, which as a lovely little tea room downstairs, but before I make this sound like a tourism ad for Lewes lets get back to the dress!
So if you can't get to Lewes, The Stitchery of course has a website, I didn't have the time to get out there so browsed all of their fabrics online. I decided on this cute Ladybird print cotton.
It's a lovely medium weight, due to the colour it was a tiny bit sheer so I also went in for some lining fabric. They were out of poplin so sent me some super soft muslin, along with an invisible zip and lots of lovely sweeties!
The dress pattern choice? Simplicity 2444 of course! I wanted to use a TNT pattern that I will get loads of wear out of this summer.
The cotton was a dream to press and sew up. I used the muslin for a full lining so I won't need to wear a slip underneath at all, this will be perfect for when it gets hot (it will get hot right?) and I'm thinking the muslin will feel nice and soft against my skin.
Using a lining for dresses gives such a nice finish to the neck and arm holes, I find it looks so much neater than facings and binding.
The ladybird fabric was a little narrow so I had to alter the front skirt piece just slightly to bring in the bottom hem and fit it onto the fabric width. You could fit it all in if you follow the pattern, the front skirt is actually meant to be two pieces but I would hate to have a seam down the front of the skirt so always cut on the fold. It turned out fine, you wouldn't even notice.
Ha ha, this is where I get to the flouncing around stage of photo taking, but its the only pic that shows the back so....
I'm really pleased with this dress, it's definitely going to get some good wear out of it. The print is so lovely and the quality of the cotton is great. It's going to survive a lot of summer washing.
I was gifted this fabric for free from The Stitchery but all words and opinions are my own.