It's dress making season.
Ok it's also tidy up after the weekend season/food shopping season/should change the sheets on the bed season... but let's concentrate on one thing at a time. For once.
I made another dress. And it fits. AND it has French seams!
But back to the beginning: have you ever heard of '100 acts of sewing'? Sonya Philips gave herself the challenge to make 100 dresses in a year all based on the same pattern but with many simply variations.
Dress no 1 was a simple a-line tunic with optional pockets and I've had the pattern in my possession for almost a year.
She has now designed a very cute Dress no 2 (classic tunic with sleeves) and having experienced the first... I'm very tempted. The pattern is simple and the instructions REALLY easy and well explained. Nothing went wrong. I know, shocking.
(My legs look really funny in this photo!)
I knew it had too much of an a-line, so I straightened the sides a little. As I said the instructions are great and the French seaming worked perfectly. I even made bias binding for the neckline and the arm holes.
(And yes I could have taken a photo without the cardigan... but I was cold! And nobody wants to see goospimpled bingo wings, right?)
The fabric is ... cotton... that's all I know. Only £6/m in that crazy shop I was telling you about. I had originally bought it to make napkins, and then it was so cheap I thought I'd use it to make a muslin for this dress but it turned out just right so now it got promoted to real deal.
And there will be others. There's a nice piece of grey on the shelf that's calling my name as I type...