The move-in is moving along. And I’ve finally reached the state of settled-in-ness I need to actually start sewing again! How weird that I need an orderly work area in which to make a terrific mess, but there’s no time for self analysis.
I just love dots. And what’s more summery than a nice nautical navy and white? So this cotton was calling out to be a beach walking dress. I actually started it as part of the Franken-Indie contest on the Monthly Stitch – back in June! But time got away from me so I packed it, pinned together, in my sewing box and finished it here. Oh well. I combined the tank version of the Flora bodice (from By Hand London) with the gathered skirt from the Emery Dress (by Christine Haynes). I adore the Flora circle skirt, but it’s too flippy for the windy conditions here.
I put the zipper in the left side seam instead of the center back. This was really a test for a very large print fabric I don’t want to break up with a center back seam. It worked, except it limited me to one side pocket. I think I could insert a pocket in front of the zip, but didn’t bother to figure out how on this test model. One pocket works for keys and a phone and that’s all I need for a beach walk!
It took a bit of fiddling to get the bodice to fit and I still ended up with a little gapping around the armhole. Maybe because I’m narrow in the shoulders… Next time I’ll change the shape of the the front of the armhole, but I’m pretty pleased with this little number.
More importantly, check out my new sewing space! I don’t have a separate sewing room anymore, which means I need to keep it neat. Oh dear.
But I love that when I look up from whatever I’m doing, I’m looking out over our Juliet balcony. I think Lula is happy here (should I rename her Juliet?).
So now that I have a fab new sewing space, my journey in fabric is up and running again. It’s amazing how hard it is to get started after a long break. Do you have that problem too? Two months with no sewing! Today I’m finishing up a floaty feather print dress in cotton lawn, fully lined with delicious white China silk… but that’s for next time.
I’m finding some inspiration in the OWOP challenge from Handmade Jane. One Week, One Pattern — the idea is to wear the same pattern every day for the week of September 6-12. OK that sounds pretty redundant so I’m guessing the real challenge is to see how many variations you can come up with. I’m game. Maybe. I’m thinking either a crisp simple shift in linens and cottons, with and without collar and sleeves or a loungey maxi in various knits. My fabric stash could handle either one… Sigh.