Pauline Alice Xerea Dress

I should be planning some Autumn sewing but the heatwave shows no sign of abating so I did this instead.

Let me start by saying I hate this dress and I hate these photos.  I was half tempted not to post about it but in the interests of ‘blog-honesty’ I thought I should .  This is the Xerea dress from Pauline Alice.  and I’ve made it twice before.  I’ve also made her Rosari skirt which I love and have my eye on a couple of other patterns, especially the Sorrel trousers.

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Papercut Anima Shark Pants

Happy weekend lovely people.  Allow me to introduce my Shark pants!

Whilst I really love sewing fancy tops and pretty dresses some of my most successful makes (successful as in I wear them a lot) are what in our house we call ‘scrumfies’ (scruffy comfies). You know, the sort of clothes you wear when you’re not planning on leaving the house (and you hope no-one is going to pop in)?  AKA not-so-secret pyjamas, AKA scrumfs.

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Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts

The heatwave continues and I found myself severely lacking in the shorts department. With a Sunday bike ride planned I decided to see if I could whip up a pair this weekend. I’ve made the Flint pattern before as the long wide-leg trousers so I had the pattern pieces all cut out and knew that it fit.

My first pair were made last year in the old house from some gorgeous John Kaldor linen which I bought from Minerva Crafts.

These are the version with the tie waist and I was really pleased with the way they turned out, I’ve worn them lots.

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Sew Over It Eve Dress

This is the first garment made completely in the new house and so was a good test of my new cutting table which is actually a fold-down trestle table from Amazon.

I used to cut out on the dining room table but that’s not practical now I do all my sewing in the garden cabin!  I don’t have enough space to keep a table up all the time so this was a pefect solution.

This is the Sew Over It ‘Eve’ dress.

I have actually made this dress before to wear to a wedding last year.  I was happy with how it looked but I never wore it again for two reasons.  Firstly the fabric just felt a bit weird – it was a very slippery viscose, can’t remember where from, but you know how some fabrics just don’t feel too nice against the skin, well that was this. It’s sad because I really loved the print.

Secondly it really gaped around the wrap front.  I’d forgotten this until I made the second version and exactly the same thing happened (It brought back memories of desperately searching for a safety pin the morning of the wedding to prevent a wardrobe malfunction later in the day)

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