Reviewing recent makes

Here are a few of the things I have made over the last few months since I upped the ante on my sewing. I’m pleased with them all in different ways as while they are far from perfect I learned from each experience.

Orange and yellow dress
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I made the pattern loosely based on a dress I made a few years ago with my Mum (Simplicity 9446, from her teenage pattern collection!). The main things I learned were that the while I think the fabric colours go well together they don’t match at all in terms of weight. I made some bias tape but I didn’t, err, cut it on the bias, or in a very straight line for that matter, and I really rushed to sew it in, the result being that it looks pretty shoddy.

Orange and brown dress
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I’m quite fond of this dress! It was my first attempt at inserting a lining and a zip together. I made the pattern using a basic block I had made up and then drafting a skirt to go with it. The brown fabric was an old pillowcase!

Blue dress with orange zip
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Same pattern as above. I didn’t press the seams well enough.

Colette Sorbetto top
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I loved making this top! The fabric is a cotton lawn I bought at Gare du midi market one Sunday. I really took my time and tried to pay attention to achieving a clean finish. I made my own bias tape too. I should make this top up in a multitude of colours as it is really nice and simple to wear. Also seems like the perfect pattern to try out some adaptions: a peter pan collar and some capped sleeves, perhaps?

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