I’m a finalist! IPM 2017 Dresses: Let the voting begin! — The Monthly Stitch

I’ve been selected as a finalist for Dress Week on The monthly stitch (details below) with my Simple Sew Lily Dress. I’m super excited! Please check it out and vote if you have a minute. There’s lots of other lovely dresses to see too! 🙂



The Dresses contest closed with 32 fabulous garments and it was super tough for your judges to pick a top 14! But we did it! After much deliberation your judges have carefully chosen the finalists and now it’s your turn to vote. Voting is open for 3 days and closes at midnight on June 12th (24:00 […]

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Boring Black T… I think not

After making a New Look K 6483 top for my Mum (blog to come post birthday), I was a little jealous as it went so well. So I decided to make my own. I had some black four way stretch fabric which I got in a bundle from Abakhan. I wanted to try and sew with stretch and thought this would be ideal (it’s like fabric you’d wear for gym wear only thicker) but I thought it would look smart. I already know the pattern comes together great and fits pretty much from the pattern so I was away.

So, here it is- my boring black T-shirt.


Now, you may have guessed by now that it is not as boring as I am making out. After arguing with myself (quite aggressively I might add) about my need to add details because I am making it, wondering why I can’t be happy to throw together a plain top; I toyed with the idea of adding a ruffle at the neckline, or a contrast colour for the back, before settling on this chunky, visible zip.


I am happy with this decision, I think it adds detail without being OTT. It looks modern and it a great wardrobe staple, don’t you think?

And because I struggled to leave it there… look.


I had a stretch orange/red in the same bundle which I used to hem my t-shirt, just to placate my need for detail! I love little inside details like this.

I expect to be getting lots of wear out of it. It goes really well with this skirt.


Happy with my somewhat detailed t-shirt!


Two Thirds Circle Skirt

I had some of this woollen- type stretch material from a bundle bag from Abakhan.


I had two pieces so I knew I could make something substantial with it. After losing some weight, none of my bottom halves for work fit me so I thought a skirt would be ideal (even though I’m trying to brighten my work wardrobe!)

I followed this tutorial for a circle skirt from Dreaming of Avonlea. This was my first time drafting my own pattern and the instructions are fab and undaunting. However, I must have work the measurements out wrong as I measured for a 3/4 skirt and had too much fabric so it has turned out more of a 2/3 circle skirt!


I’m still happy with it though. I’m pleased with the waist, which looks really neat, even though I didn’t stitch in the ditch as recommended; I think because the fabric is thick, it just seemed to miss it.


The zip went in pretty nicely without a seam too. Hooray!

It always surprises me that I can do this!

In the tutorial, you are warned the hem is long, but wow, is it long! I thought it would never end. I zig-zagged the edge and turned it up once as I didn’t want too much bulk or to lose any length.


The will make a perfect skirt for work, with tights this autumn, rather than my pasty legs (this is me post holiday by the way!)

It goes great with black and I’m really pleased with the length; I don’t like skirts shorter than this. I’ve got some blouses that will match up pretty well.

Love these shoes!

And, finally, check out this cute gold and white button!!


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