My Sewaholic Davie Dress - See Jersey isn’t so scary after all!

By Lauren Guthrie

I’m sure this will ring true for some of you……I find jersey fabric a little bit scary to sew with.

There’s the shrinking, and the curling of the edges, and the worry that you’ll stretch it when you sew it and then the whole ballpoint needle and twin needle business….

Well, I’m here to tell you I’m a convert and the more I sew with this stuff the more I love it and can’t believe I missed out on it for so long!

When the pictures of the new Sewaholic Patterns Davie Dress (that’s designed for knitted/jersey fabric) came - though I LOVED it!

It’s such a cute little style - with princess seams, a flared skirt that hangs beautifully and little cap sleeves that are just extensions of the main bodice pieces.

I decided to make mine with the amazingly soft designer printed jersey - Dusk Meadow Floral Print. This fabric is seriously one of the smoothest jerseys I’ve ever felt. It washes really well and I saw minimal pre-make shrinkage in mine – although I’d still 100% recommend pre-washing anyway. 

Any of our patterned jerseys would work will with this garment - find them all in this link, or for a plain version the lighter weight jerseys would be good too - find them in this link

I decided to make version B, which has a shorter length.  I made a size 4 and was worried that the hips would be too big, which is usually the case with Sewaholic patterns and me.

Due to the flared style of the skirt I didn’t make any changes at all. The weight of the fabric makes it hang really nice anyway and it seems to give the skirt a bit of extra swish!

When I tired it on to check the fit, dress was hanging a bit low, and you could see my bra showing up under the arm. 

I toyed a bit, pulling it in to figure out how to fix it. In the end I lifted the shoulder seams up and re-stitched my seam about an inch away from where the seam should have been. So I ended up taking off 2 inches (1 inch front and back).

It fixed the problem but made the neckline too tight to I then had to cut a slither off of that.

The neckline is supposed to have a binding on it but I decided to just press it over and use a twin needle to stitch it in place.

There is also an option to do two lines of topstitching on either side of all the seams. I wasn’t going to as it seemed like a lot of topstitching, but I felt like my seams weren’t sitting that flat so I did it in the end. I’d recommend doing that; I think it makes a big difference, certainly for this fabric.

The only other thing I’d say to watch out for in the pattern is the length of the shorter versions. It did come up a bit shorter than I expected and I’m not exactly tall. Although I did have to lift the shoulder seams up, so if I hadn’t done that I’d have an extra inch.

I’d recommend double-checking the finished length measurement on the back of the pattern before committing to the shorter version.

I’ve worn this dress a lot of times already. It’s been one of those ones that has just really easily fitted into my day-to-day wardrobe and it’s so comfy to wear.

Have your feelings towards jersey changed recently? Or do you still find it a bit daunting?

Me Made May 2015 Challenge Pledge

By Lauren Guthrie

I’m really excited about the Me Made May Challenge this year. If you haven’t come across it before then you are in for a treat!

The brainchild of Zoe Edwards from ‘So Zo..What do you know?’ blog, the Me Made May is challenge is now is it’s 5th year and is more popular than ever!

You can find out all the details and how to submit your pledge on Zoe’s blog (link here) but essentially it’s a challenge you set yourself, not a competition, to wear your handmade wardrobe during the month of May. It can be anything you want it to be! Use it as a way to spur you on to wear your handmade wares loud and proud, or use it as a spark of motivation to get projects finished, or whittle down the fabric stash!

Whatever the challenge is, it’s such a cool way to share your handmade loveliness with the online sewing world. Last year I was so inspired by all the different outfits I saw. Just use the #mmmay15 when tagging your posts or pictures to share with everyone else.

This year I’m going to make my pledge all about fitting and altering one of my most used patterns  - the Simple Sleeveless Top from my book (Learn to Sew with Lauren).

I’ve got lots of versions that follow the basic two piece pattern but I wanted to change things up as bit as we come into the summer.  I’ve been meaning to do it for ages but I keep getting distracted with shiny new patterns that come into the shop, until now……Me Made May is going to be my kick up the butt to write some tutorials to share with you how you can do some simple fitting adjustments as well as pattern hacks.

"I, Lauren, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavor to wear at least one handmade item every day for the duration of May 2015 and share my pattern hacks for the Simple Sleeveless Top Pattern from my book."

Here is my May blog post plan...

Friday 1st  - Getting the fit right with a FBA/SBA (Full/Small Bust Adjustment)
Friday 8th  - Dealing with a gaping neckline and altering the neckline shape
Friday 15th – Adding a yoke for colour blocking or lace insert.
Friday 23rd  - Adding Pin tucks to the front for fancy detailing
Friday 29th  - Adding a button up back and extra darts for a more fitted style

Each week I’ll activate the link here until you have the full set. You can also follow my blog on Bloglovin for emails of when new posts go up.

Have you signed up yet? Follow this link to Zoe’s blog if you still need to do it!

Fabric Friday New Shop Arrivals - Luxurious Silks and Denims!

By Lauren Guthrie

Whoo hoo it's Friday and it seems ages since I put together a Fabric Friday post to let you know about some of the exciting new things that have been arriving in the shop!

After a bit of a break over Easter I’ve been catching up with what’s new in the shop and of course adding to my ‘to sew’ list!

When I came across these absolutely beautiful designer silks it was love at first sight! These fabrics are so amazingly soft and silky (they are silk after all) that I had to snap them up for the shop. 

This first one, with a Floral Tile Print, is silk twill. It drapes soooo beautifully! I think it would make a gorgeous scarf so even just a really simple top. The Simplicity 1364 from the Blogger Challenge that I’m judging would be perfect for it I think. (Read more about that in this link).

We have two colour ways of this delicate waves design, which is a 100% satin finish silk. It is so smooth and drapey too!

This rich deep Magenta colour...

...and this dreamy teal colour. 

And the final silk number is this lovely sheer chiffon one with peacock feather on it – just divine! 

All these silks are once off’s – I can’t get any more! Eeek!

Also new to the shop is a little collection of denims perfect for the Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans that are popping up like mad on my Bloglovin’ feed a lot recently.
We have two stretch ones in a Navy and Light Blue….

…and then this heavier weight (14oz) which is a bit darker. It feels really weighty, like a proper pair of hardworking jeans!

Then we have this fun spotty one which also has a bit of stretch in it. It'd make such a cute little skirt. The new Arielle Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons would be perfect! Its arriving soon too! Yay! 

We have ebbs and flows of new fabric arriving all the time which we list in the ‘Just Arrived’ section of the website. To avoid missing out on anything you can check out the rest of the new arrivals in this link. Sometimes things sell out before making it to their own little collection pages so it’s worth keeping an eye on things.

In the Pattern corner we now have the two new knits patterns from Deer and Doe. The Ondée Sweater (how cute is that collar?!) and the Brume Skirt (I love the interesting seam lines on that one)

(Just to note - these ones are only available to purchase in the shop itself)

And, we now have the Grainline Scout Tee and Tiny Pocket Tank in stock, which are awesome summer basics to have. Both would be great for those silks!


What are your sewing plans this weekend?