With the Stitched With a Twist Instagram challenge drawing to a close, I thought I'd do a little round up of the projects I made as an ambassador for the challenge.
First up - my Grainline Studio Farrow Dress:
Pattern: Grainline Studio Farrow dress
Fabric: Stoff and Stil leopard print crepe (from the Sewing Weekender goodie bags)
I made my first Farrow dress in April this year as one of my blog projects for Sew Me Sunshine. I knew I needed a second, with a few little tweaks:
- I wanted to squeeze another project out of my fabric, so I omitted the back diagonal seams as these are purely aesthetic
- I took some volume out of the back because I find that my first dress bunches up a little under cardigans and jackets
- I love the high/low hem of the pattern, but it does make it a little short at the front for me, so I levelled off the hem
- The sleeveless version recommends bias binding for the armholes but I've never got a clean finish with this method, so I re-drew the neckline facing to incorporate the armholes
I love how this turned out and I know this is going to work so well as a layering piece for Autumn and Winter.
Next up - my By Hand London Elisalex dress:
Pattern: By Hand London Elisalex dress
This was my first By Hand London pattern, so I made a toile of the bodice. I used this tutorial from Guthrie and Ghani to fix the gaping at the front and back neckline. I also added the following twists:
- I raised the front neckline and altered the back neckline to a V shape - this is an option for the sleeveless version of the pattern, so I used this as a guide
- I altered the skirt from a tulip to more of an A-line shape
- I added pockets, so that I could wear this pin
I know I say this every time I make something new, but I really do think this is my favourite make to date! The fabric was given to me by my boyfriend’s mum shortly before she passed away, and this feels like a fitting tribute to a talented and glamorous lady.
I wore this dress to the Sewcialite Soiree and had so much fun dancing the night away!
Last, but by no means least, my Tilly and the Buttons Freya dress:
Pattern: Freya dress from Tilly and the Buttons' book, Stretch
Fabric: Red velour from Sew Me Sunshine
Lace collar: eBay (loads of designs available)
I'm completely hooked on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, not least because of Sabrina's stunning wardrobe! This is my homage to Sabrina and the Weird Sisters' lace collar dresses. I used the Freya pattern as a base (making this my 10th Freya, I believe!) and made the following alterations:
- I added approximately 4cm to the length of the dress as it comes up a little short on me
- I ditched the turtleneck collar, and zigzagged the lace collar around the neckline, 1.5cm in from the edge of the fabric
- I then turned the neckline under by 1.5cm, held the collar out the way, and stitched it in place with a twin needle
I love how this turned out and it was a super speedy and satisfying make! It also looks great with my Sabrina pin from The Kittn:
You can see more of my homemade clothes on Instagram!