I made this dress quite a while ago. It’s got everything I want in a dress – floral fabric, a gathered skirt and a smock shape, which I’m loving in this current weather. And yet, I haven’t worn it…
Anyone who knows me knows of my love for purple. It’s a colour that I’ve always loved, ever since I was a child and when I found this fabric in my stash I knew what I wanted to make with it. it’s basically the brightest purple ever and I love it!
You may remember the fabric from this top which didn’t quite work out (and you’ve also had a more recent sneak peek of this dress here). I bought it a few years ago from eBay. It’s viscose so has a lovely drape to it, which maybe didn’t lend itself well to the Marthe top I made, but definitely works for this beauty.
I used the New Look 6866 pattern (a reproduced pattern from the 90s I believe) to give it the grungey edge I look for in most of my summer dresses these days and it’s been on my to-make list for ages. I literally obsessed over this dress for ages before I made it!
One thing I would say for this pattern is it comes up large. I made a small which is meant for a size 8/10 and it was still too big. I’d definitely recommend sizing down with this one, although had I used a sturdier fabric perhaps I wouldn’t have had the same issues? I made view E but the back is V necked, kind of like the front of A and B (minus the bow).
I’ve made a second version of this now and a modified version, but next up on my list is the midi version. I basically visualised myself wearing this in a teen movie from the 90s – that was the look I was going for. I’d also love to make a version with vintage fabric! Hmm, lots of plans!
Hot on the heels of the recent preview, Named have released their new sewing pattern collection online.
The Playground collection is inspired by the practicality and simplicity of children’s clothing but, better still, this collection is just for adults! Modern yet elegant and both simple and playful, the sewing patterns all look incredible and I can’t wait to make these up!
The collection includes dresses, tops, culottes, a wraparound playsuit, a denim jacket and even a pair of dungarees! Let’s take a look at some of the pieces.
I found this novelty print hedgehog fabric completely by chance in my local craft store. This is one of those shops you first venture into for supplies when you’re doing GCSE art and it doesn’t change over the years. But I’ve found some great fabrics there in the past and this time was no different.
Pinterest is great isn’t it? I use it for so many things: pinning interesting quotes, outfit inspiration and most of all, for sewing and DIY inspiration.
I’m such a fan of Pinterest that I had to delete the app off my phone as I was always on it. Believe me, you can get too Pinterest-obsessed! Initially I started this DIY and crafts board as a place to store home DIYs and things, but it soon grew to accommodate my obsession with sewing and dressmaking patterns and it’s a great source for all sewing needs.
Below is just a small selection of how useful Pinterest can be for sewing inspiration, documenting and more. I really recommend it as a source for any sewing enthusiasts out there. Oh, and if you want to follow my DIYs and crafts board or follow me on Pinterest generally, please feel free to.
Here is why Pinterest is a useful resource for sewing:
To keep track of sewing patterns you already own:
This one might be an obscure one, but I really recommend keeping track of your sewing patterns in one place. Although I have a shelf space for all my paper patterns and another for the traced versions I’ve already used, it is so easy to check Pinterest when you’re in need of a sewing project and want to know which projects you’re yet to complete. For example, I have a copy of Burdastyle magazine from last year sometime, which I bought for the peplum top on the cover. The magazine isn’t where I can see it constantly and I still haven’t made the top, but by checking my own ‘DIYs and crafts’ board, I’m able to remind myself that I’m yet to make that top.
To document different versions of a pattern:
This one relates to the above point somewhat. Once I find a pattern I love, I like to keep track of the different ways I can sew it up. Pinterest is great for this, again because the patterns are in the same place (and as a visual person it really pleases me to track the patterns by image). Alternatively, if I’m obsessing over a certain pattern and haven’t made it yet, I’ll often look on Pinterest to see how other sewers are making it, particularly if there are different versions.
For sewing patterns I’m yet to buy or make:
This is the obvious one I guess, but it’s still useful to have a place where you keep sewing patterns you want to buy, but haven’t yet. Case in point: This peplum top.
To pin styles of clothing I want to make or for clothing ideas I’d love to copy:
I often go through phases of pinning specific things (peplum tops, co-ords etc). Pinterest is great for this. Additionally, it’s great for pinning clothes from a website that I want to make someday.
To locate online DIYs:
I only occasionally use websites for tutorials, and although I have a bookmark folder on my laptop for DIYs, I find it easier to check Pinterest when I need an easy top or dress tutorial. Seriously, that search bar is great and the site really comes into its own here. FYI, this pattern here is my favourite ever online tutorial!
For help with specific sewing techniques:
Sewing techniques can be a b*tch sometimes can’t they? As much as I love working from patterns, I have found some to be pretty sparse on giving details for some techniques and once I’ve googled how to actually sew a box pleat or whatever, I can then keep a record of it and check Pinterest when I need to revisit the technique.
To document fabric choices etc:
I’m often wowed by a particular fabric pattern and I can sometimes lose the exact location of that fabric (quite easy for a scatter-brain like me) and so at least if I pin the fabric I’ll always be able to find it again. I do try to keep another Pinterest board specifically for pretty patterns but sometimes I’ll pin them here too, especially if they’re relevant to my sewing plans.
For gift ideas:
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Pinterest is a great source for present ideas for your loved ones!
For home DIY inspiration:
Another obvious one, but what is Pinterest good for if not for pinning useful DIYs to brighten up your house?
What do you use Pinterest for? If you have any good sewing-related pins, please send them my way.