A busy and productive May

F906-12 Butterfly fabric

This beautiful fabric is by Bright Spirit from Lady  Sew and Sew (F906-12), http://www.ladysewandsew.co.uk.

My daughter chose this for me to make a dress for her friend’s birthday.

Isn’t it joyous?



We chose Simplicity 1873_DS_EN_H5_R5.indd1873 view B at a length midway between the long and short version.








Cotton summer dress

The 100% cotton fabric is lovely to work with and the butterfly design makes for a lovely fresh, young summer dress. There is a lot of fabric in the skirt which is very heavily pleated so I decided only to line the bodice. I used a lovely bright fuschia muslin for the lining in order to keep the dress light to wear, I also pre shrunk both fabrics before using.

Unfortunately I couldn’t photograph this on my dress form as it is too small!






In complete contrastBlack Day of the Dead Fabric

This black ‘Day of the Dead’ fabric is from the Ditto fabrics website.


My daughter has a very quirky, individual style that means we can indulge in unusual fabrics like these!



This is a beautiful, fine cotton with a silky feel that I used to make this shirt from Simplicity 2189. 2189_SW_EN_AA_BB.indd

Day of the dead shirt – front

Day of the dead shirt – back












More embroidered pouches

In between these dressmaking projects I’ve been trying out some more embroidered pouches. I like the way that the shape can be varied simply by squaring off the bottom.

Embroidered Butterfly

Embroidered Flower

Embroidered Dragonfly




















Although the nice weather didn’t last long here in Edinburgh it certainly gave my sewing a boost this month. What projects are you working on this season?






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