Today is a fun day! Not only do I get to share with you something I’ve made using fabric and a pattern given to me by the generous sponsors of #parissewsocial, but all the other bloggers from the trip (and competition winners) are doing the same! This means you get to check out 14 different creations (see the grid below) AND you get the chance to enter 14 different GIVEAWAYS to win some of these patterns!
This dress is the Pinafore dress from the Japanese sewing book Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada (translated into English). I’m pleased to say it was much more of a success than the first item I sewed from this book (see this post).
This is such a perfect summer dress – just throw it on and go! As with all Japanese sewing patterns, you need to pay careful attention to all the illustrations but, if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a dress that comes together quickly and looks very professional. I made it even easier for myself by omitting the buttonholes and just sewing the buttons directly on to the dress (the neck is wide enough to go on and off without unfastening them).
The mustard tank you can see peeking out under the dress is the new Twisted Tank pattern by Titchy Threads. This tank has had so much wear since I made it that I need to sew at least four more!
The fabric! Yes, let’s talk about the fabric! I am in love with this Petit Pan fabric and wish I had more to make a skirt for myself. Of course you can’t reach out and touch this dress but let me assure you, the quality of this cotton is just as stunning as the pattern. It’s lovely to work with – not quite as light as, say, a Liberty Tana Lawn, but with beautiful drape and it’s so well-behaved when being pressed and stitched.
The fabric came from the online fabric shop Telaria. This is a wonderful shop and one that I’ve only recently discovered. It has a lovely, curated selection of high quality fabrics and the owner, Maria, does a great job of giving lots of information about each fabric (composition, pattern repeat, lots of photos, etc) for people who are still a bit wary of buying fabric online. The shop is based in Spain so is ideal for European sewists (the site is in both Spanish and English).
I’ll keep this post nice and short – since I’m sure you’re going to want to click, click, click on these images below to see what everyone else has been making!
And now for the GIVEAWAY! Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to be in with a chance to win a PDF sewing pattern of your choice from designer Paisley Roots. Karly’s patterns are classical, yet relaxed. I’m really digging her All Spice Dress (look at the lovely extended placket!). I’m dying to find the time to sew up a colour-blocked version. The competition is open until 10th July.