Saturday, 8 July 2017

Sew Together for Summer


I first came across Seamwork magazines Adelaide when I was looking for a shirtdress pattern for sew together for summer. This was was an Instagram photo challenge with the easiest and most inclusive set of rules I'd come across: Sew up a shirtdress and post a pic between the 15th of March and the 21st of June. Sarah, Monika and Suzy were the hosts and the winners were to be drawn randomly so from the novice to the professional alike, we were all in with a chance of a prize! 

Seamwork describe Adelaide as a tank dress, but with its centre front snap closure it fit the bill as a sew together for summer shirtdress. I particulary liked the idea of using snaps as I had yet to get to grips with button holes!!



I'm not always very imaginative when it comes to picking pattern and fabric combinations and all too often get swayed by the styling of the original garment publicity shots. This was no exception as all I could think to make Adelaide in was an Ikat design fabric. Imagine how pleased I was when I came across this single border print tie-dye style fabric!


If Adelaide and Ikat hadn't been swimming around my head this is not something I'd of normally been drawn to.  It was great timing then that a lady was using this fabric at the sewing class I attend. I instantly wanted it and at only £3.50 a metre from the textile centre this 100% cotton was a bargain buy!
   
So I used Aprils Seamwork credit and downloaded Adelaide. This time around I didn't print the pattern off A4 but used an online copyshop. Id come across netprinter after seeing lots of recommendations on Instagram and for just £10 (including p&p) I was able to get 3 patterns printed on A0 paper, so no cutting and sticking needed!

I was pleasantly surprised how easy Adelaide came together. The trickiest part was deciding how I wanted to orientate the pattern of the fabric on the dress. I eventually decided to have the solid blue border running the length of the front right and left (where it fastens) and the back featuring just the ikat pattern. I also "attempted" to pattern match for the first time (with varying success!).

Then it was time to attach the fastenings. Despite picking this pattern for its use of snaps I soon decided it was high time to tackle buttonholes. I had also come across an online treasure trove of buttons at textile garden and figured what better reward for conquering my buttonhole fear than to treat myself to some pretty buttons! 


Turns out buttonholes aren't all that bad when you have an automatic buttonhole on your sewing machine. Good thing when you've got 13 to sew and here is where I made a mistake...Id only bought 12!! Luckily the final button hole was far enough down to do away with. Next time I'll double check before purchasing, maybe!

Here is the finished dress and what do you know the next day the sun was shining and it almost felt like summer.



I really love this dress, so much in fact that I was already planning another. I'd been eyeing up  some liberty cotton poplin in Fabworks.


This liberty Carline print was priced at £13 a metre so I had ruled out buying it as ideally I wanted to make a dress but as dresses in my size tend to require 2+ metres I didn't feel I just justify the purchase. After I'd made my first Adelaide it occurred to me that this pattern is really economical with fabric. I laid out the pattern pieces and as long as my chosen fabric was 150cm wide I could get the body of the dress and belt loops out of 1 metre. Result! I wouldn't be able to squeeze the tie belt of 1 metre but a contrast belt could work I figured.


Again I wanted to post this make as a sew together for summer entry so I had to get cracking to make it in time for the 21st of June deadline. As I was pushed for time I didn't have much choice regarding the colour of bias binding to use as the colour range at my local haberdashery is limited. I deliberated and eventually went for a dark green that was a match for some of the foliage in the print. I also bought  a wider length of this same coloured bias binding to make the belt from. 

Despite my best efforts this wasn't finished by the contest deadline but I posted anyway as I was really pleased with my effort. 


I still needed to hem using bias binding and sew up the belt. Which I did the next day. 


Although I wasn't 100% sure about the contrast bias binding and belt when the dress was finished I felt it broke up the pink floral pattern nicely.


And my new pink Lotta's were a perfect match!


Another Adelaide and another one that I love and can see me wearing a lot.

This is the first time I've gone straight back to a pattern to make another. Which are your go to patterns?










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