While I've been a little quiet on the blogging front these last few days, I've actually been enjoying a few completely un-quiet days. Here's the sewing project that has eaten up a stack of time.
Burda 02/2011 Dress with A-line skirt and sleeves. I was so in love with the first, that I decided to make a second with this so, so lovely Hokkah quilting cotton that my sister brought over with her from Canada earlier this year. I adore this fabric. It's perfect for me, with a nice dark blue base with perfect. modern flowers in lovely taupe, pink (which is quite close to the Pantone colour of the year, Honeysuckle), citron and grey. I already own three cardigans that perfectly match this dress, so clearly it's the fabric for me! If you are particularly interested in getting your hands on this fabric, on the weekend Amy mentioned that they had it in stock at Calico and Ivy in Balmain.
Now, I am learning that quilting cottons aren't always the best for making garments, but this fabric needed to be used for me and this dress suits quilting cotton quite nicely. The skirt isn't too gathered and the bodice is nicely fitted. There's not need for any give or drape.
Lincraft zipper fail on me. When I mentioned this to a few people, they reported the same problem in the past. So, lesson learnt. No more Lincraft zippers, even if the shop is closer to my home.
Naturally, I have a thing for belts and of course I didn't have a matching one in my wardrobe. So, taking inspiration from a vintage sewing pattern in my stash, I made this belt from a small scrap of matching cotton sateen. Isn't it adorable???
Pattern review available here.
Now I mentioned that this dress was made for a special sewing 'do' and it was. I wore this to Sew It Together on Saturday - a sewing, blogging, crafting conference. It was a long day, but certainly a good one. I spent a lot of time talking to other bloggers including Karen, Jennie, Kylie, Belinda, Rachel, Becky and Lara - gosh that's just to name a few!
I just realised how much I have to say about Sew It Together, so to do the event justice, I'll create a second post with all the gory details....