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Mis-adventures in Sewingland

Mis-adventures in Sewingland

My quest for a summer maxi dress has been long and arduous.  And I still don’t have a dress!


The original pattern from this post, had been misplaced.  So I had to start over with the looking for a pattern thing.  After about an hour of online and in store searching, I decided on this top from Simplicity.  I like the Khaliah Ali designs, as they tend to be a little more generous in the bust area.  I do like the detailing in this top, and even though I’m not usually a raglan sleeve fan, I like them more than dolman sleeves.  Which seems to be around a LOT in the books at the moment.


Before diving into my planned material, a trial run was in order.  After the hours spent on getting the pattern adjusted (I have to do a full bust adjustment in anything I make), I cut into some gorgeous sage green light jersey that I had in the stash.  It’s soft, drapey and would have been wonderful to wear…. that is, if it hadn’t been a complete nightmare to sew with.  The second it was cut, the fabric lengthened by at least 2 inches per piece.  The next 4 mornings were spent with my MIL trying to fix the enormous beast.  All that is left is under arm and side seams and hemming… but I had to stop and sew with something that was more delightful.  I bought a roll of fabric from the Fabric Cave at the Crowle Foundation, it seems to be a poly/cotton blend.  It has cut beautifully (and predictably), sewn beautifully, and taken to minor adjustments fantastically.  There has been as much done in ONE session (about 4 hours) with the navy fabric, as what has taken a week to do with the nasty green stuff.  I really think the pattern we finalise with the blue fabric will make some gorgeously fitting tops.

McCall 5893

HOWEVER, this would still be too smooth an adventure if everything went ok from here… right?  So as this is a MIS-adventure, let’s through in a curveball.  MIL suggested that maybe this pattern was more trouble than we needed to take for the knitted fabric, which after all is what my dress will be made out of (eventually).  So the hunt began AGAIN for a suitable pattern.  Thankfully I still had my shortlist of patterns from round one.  This is a simple empire waist dress with an option for sleeves.  Please don’t ask me why I didn’t just get this one in the first place.

Starting Monday, we make the adjustments on this pattern and get this puppy whipped up quick!  Hopefully by next weekend I’ll have 2 new tops and a new dress!  Wish me luck!

Thinking Forward to Summer Dresses

Thinking Forward to Summer Dresses

Mossimo Maxi Dress

One thing I love to have in Summer is a pull on dress.  I’ve been toying with the idea of a long tunic or maxi dress for this summer, but finding something in my size that fits, flatters and doesn’t drag a foot along the floor is very difficult.  Thankfully I have sewing skills and a Mother-in-Law with an overlocker.  This green dress has a line that I really like.  Deep V neck, short sleeves (kimono in this case), and a light gather around the centre.

Finding a pattern for said dress however, has been a bit difficult.  It seems that there are only two styles readily available by the “Big 4” pattern brands, neither of which I was terribly in love with.  So then it came to looking at empire waisted tops/tunics that could be altered slightly to fit the bill, and yet again the latest available patterns fell short of impressing me.  Thankfully between the MIL & I we have a fairly extensive pattern collection.  So the hunt was on!


My answer came in the form of a long discontinued pattern, Simplicity 5570.  No, it’s not a dress, but the under the bust line, sleeve and the fact it will slide on over my head is exactly what I’m looking for. There shouldn’t be much that needs to be done to the pattern in way of alterations, maybe just some shoulder/bust/arm stuff.   All it needs is to be dress length.  EASY!


The hard part was finding fabric.  It seems that the call for a ‘dry knit’  or decent weight cotton blend jerseys are not that easy to find.  Thankfully I happened across something hidden in the sale rack at my local fabric store.  It’s a lovely fabric, deep border (that top flower is about 80cm from the base) and 150cm wide.  I should have enough after for either another top, or a skirt after the dress is done.  There was 3 metres left on the roll, so at $10/m I grabbed it all.

boldprintOnce I got home, I remembered I also had a lovely dry knit that I bought about 6 years ago, well before I was a mum.  It was originally destined for a long sleeved crossover top, but for some reason I never did cut into it.  I have about 2.5 metres, so more than enough for at least a knee length dress.

I do love having dresses to wear, particularly in Summer.  And I think both fabrics have the potential to make great all round “dress up or down”  dresses.

My only problem now?  ……. Shoes.