The parents are visiting this week, and whilst they are here I thought I would take advantage of the excuse and sew Mum a dress. I have had some ikea fabric that I wanted to use for an adult – but I hadn’t bought enough for me. My mum is very slight so she doesn’t need much fabric haha. I also had bought this retro reproduction of a 1960s pattern in a sale a wee while ago, and was really wanting to make it.
This was a fantastically easy project to do whilst I am still recovering as its only one piece – yep, one pattern piece!
How simple? Once you have cut out this so very complicated piece (haha) you can begin sewing 🙂
Firstly you prepare the neck shoulder pieces, by folding down and creating a hem
Next, the pattern asks you to cut out a little bit of fabric the size of the buttonhole, to stabilise it. I decided to do a piece the whole of the back shoulder flap as the fabric is quite thin.
Once this is done it’s buttonhole time!
Now, I don’t know if you watched the great british sewing bee this week, but on it they were playing ‘sewing top trumps’. One of the contestants asserted that in this game piping would trump darts. I have to strongly disagree, I would have to say that for me darts definitely trump piping in terms of difficulty! I think it’s because I actually have to measure out etc haha.
On this pattern there are just two darts on each side of the bodice. I drew them out under the pattern paper using my trusty air erasable marker.
Then, match up the bottom of the darts, pinching together and pin up to the top – they taper off at the top into a very pointy triangle.
Then, sew down the pin line – simple right? I just have a mind block I guess haha
Next is another of my favourite things: binding. As I was only using what I had in my home haberdashery I only had thin binding to complete the tunic. This is not as enjoyable as thicker binding (10mm ish as versus 20mm ish).
First step is to pin the binding around the edge on the WRONG side, I decided to mitre the corners of the neck shoulders. You also need to stretch the binding as best you can around curves.
Next, fold over the binding to the RIGHT side of the fabric. Pin and stitch.
I will cover binding more in depth in a late post if you’d like? I really do enjoy it 🙂
Lastly, and one of my most hated bits, the hand sewing on of the buttons.
And the mother modelling it:
Simple but effective I think you’ll agree? I’ll definitely be making one for myself I think 🙂