Selfish sewing is under way


Here’s another really great tutorial on how to do a princess seamed FBA

I had such plans for today, but by the time we’d taken the kids to grandparents, tidied up the detritus of half term and shampooed the dog (crikey, he was stinky!) it was mid afternoon.

Not to be deterred I dug out what turns out to be the only dress pattern I own for woven fabrics after my pattern clear-out.

Simplicity 1606

This pattern was kindly sent to me by Simplicity last year and a review of it is well overdue, so perhaps this is serendipitous. I’m making view C (which is reminiscent of my Giverny dress) and am really hoping this will be my go-to dress pattern for this summer, as I already have fabric for 4 versions.

Although it comes in different cup sizes I still needed to do a full bust adjustment to accommodate the girls, and followed this tutorial from the clever ladies at By Hand London.

A quick toile later and I’m really pleased with the way it’s turned out.  I need to push the shoulder back a little, let out the waistline just a smidge and take in the back a little to remove the excess around my rounded upper back.  I’ve also added 3cm to the bodice length.  These are all standard alterations for me so this isn’t a big issue.

The pattern is drafted with 1″ vertical seams so there is plenty of room to play with whilst making these alterations.

So far so good.  I’m a little behind my self imposed schedule, but life does that, and I’m ready to plot up on the sofa with pasta, a movie and some knitting.  I’ll come back to this tomorrow and hopefully finalise the fit of the bodice which will also allow me to make the necessary adjustments to the skirt too.

But I’ll hazard a guess that what you really want to see is the fabric I’m going to make this up in.  Cue crappy last minute photograph:

Floral linen-1This is a stunning linen/cotton blend with a beautiful blousey floral pattern splashed across an antique white background.

I purchased this from The Buttonhole in Chorley with a gift voucher that Ma gave me for Christmas.

I’m planning to line it in white cotton as it’s a teeny bit see-through. But even if I don’t manage to finish it for Thursday, this will be a perfect dress for family lunches throughout the summer.

Ok…dinner is ready.

Fingers crossed for the tweaking tomorrow.  As opposed to twerking…which wouldn’t be a very pretty sight at all! 😉


17 Responses to Selfish sewing is under way

  1. Liara says:

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out! I have this pattern in my stash (which desperately needs weeding out), but I haven’t attempted it yet. I’m sure yours will be inspiring, and I love the fabric you have picked out! And thank you for the link to the princess seam FBA. I just might need one. Is less daunting than it looks?

    • Evie says:

      The FBA is actually quite simple. I’ve usually “finessed” a FBA, with very hit or miss results. This time, it’s looking good. I’ve added another link, which is another good tutorial. I’m sure you can do this!

  2. Anne W says:

    A good pattern choice, & I love your fabric!!!! Great new blog design too! 🙂

    • Evie says:

      Thank you about the blog design. It’s not finished yet, but we are definitely making progress. I’m glad you like it.

  3. Love the dress and adore the fabric! I shampooed my dogs yesterday too – they needed it!

  4. Gail says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing this one. The fabric you’ve chosen is lovely! I’m curious (because I have this pattern too) – once you’ve made your fitting changes for the sleeveless dress, so the same changes work for the halter?

    • Evie says:

      The sleeveless bodice and the halter bodice are two different pieces, but if I were making the halter I’d probably transfer the alterations and then make a quick toile to tweak the fit. They’re the same shape, give or take, so it would be a great jumping off point, I think.

  5. That dress is adorable, Evie! And the version you chose so nice. I really look forward to seeing it. You totally deserve some selfish sewing!

    • Evie says:

      Thank you. I’ve been sewing all day today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The dress is coming together nicely.

  6. beth says:

    That fabric is lovely! Can’t wait to see it stitched up. Everyone deserves some selfish sewing time, I’m on ‘shop’ stuff all this week, the first time I’ve sewn in ages, but then plan to add a ‘for me’ Friday into the mix, to make sure it’s not all work 🙂

  7. I like the Amazing Fit patterns, though like you I too still need to do an FBA to get them to fit. This dress is lovely and your fabric choice is beautiful. I can’t wait to see it made up. It looks very dressy. xx

    • Evie says:

      The pattern has been hacked to pieces…but I never expect them to fit out of the envelope these days. I’m hoping to finish the shell of the dress today…it’s such a lovely sew.

  8. Andrea says:

    That fabric is beautiful, Evie! I too own this pattern (courtesy of Gail of Today’s Agenda) so I appreciate the notes you’ve shared on it. Thanks!

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