Friday, 16 June 2017

Mimi G No pattern Maxi Dress


I was looking for a new maxi dress pattern online and came across this great no pattern tutorial by Mimi G over on her blog.  She has a full youtube video tutorial to go with.

It was really straight forward to sew the only problem I have with the design on me is that is was falling off my shoulders but I have a plan...to sew some navy ribbon at the back v neck which I have seen done before on dresses like this.

I used plain woven viscose from Minerva Crafts, and it feels really nice and cool. So many maxi dresses are knit fabric and I much prefer woven fabrics.  I didn't cut the skirt as full as the tutorial instructions and then I added slits on both sides to allow for running about after my children, and not tripping over !

I've 100% recommend this tutorial for beginners the fabric was £4.99 per meter so a great way to start sewing with viscose and practice. 




Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sew Over It - Pussy Bow Blouse Pattern Review

Sew Over It  - Pussy Bow Blouse

Having seen the lovely Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It some beautiful versions of this pattern I was excited to try this pattern

I found some lovely viscose Challis - Black with redflowers on ebay - OhSewCraftltd for my first version this fabric was brilliant a really lovely weight viscose lovely drape and really soft.






I loved the first version so much I quickly ordered some more viscose this time from The Textile Centre, this was a finer viscose challis and seemed to crease very easy but was still lovely for the finished blouse.





There are 2 Versions to make 1 - Keyhole neckline 2- lower v neckline 

The instructions for this pattern were really excellent so clear and well explained.  The only tiny thing to take care on was the seam allowance for the neck-tie were different to the rest of the pattern, so do keep checking seam allowances.

I liked that the sleeve gathers into a thin cuff,  I didn't use interfacing and I thought it was fine without.  There's a fabric loop for the button maybe to help people avoid button holes?  I think it's quicker to do a button hole but I did do the loops as I'd already cut the cuffs before I read this and would have needed to extend the cuff for a button hole.

Overall 10 out of 10 from me for this pattern.   I think I need a white version for my spring wardrobe next !

I made size UK 12  &   Version 2


For Rayon/Viscose Challis fabric as well as the ebay shop and The Textile Centre I've also shopped at Minerva Crafts  and they currently have some lovely Viscose Fabrics I've got my eye on some for a Maxi Dress.