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The dream Ruby dress

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This dress, the Simple Sew Ruby dress, was a dream to make. It only took a few hours to sew up and, like my previous experience of Simple Sew patterns, the instructions were really easy to follow.

This dress was actually a freebie with Love Sewing magazine but it’s such a great make that the magazine rereleased the pattern a few months ago. I got mine on its original run but stashed it away for a future make. Recently I found some fabric I didn’t have a use for and, on a break from another sewing project, I decided to make it.

I’m glad I did as I really love the shape of the dress and it has a great circle skirt. One major thing I’d change (and should have done differently this time but I didn’t have enough fabric) is lengthen the skirt considerably. I really don’t like the dress length at all and even in the drawings it appears to be short. I think that’s even why I didn’t use the dress pattern straightaway. Looking at these photos I think next time I’ll also lengthen the bodice. I wonder whether other people have felt the need to lengthen the pattern?

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I’m definitely planning to make more Rubies, especially as they’re perfect for the hot weather that we’ve been having lately! I guess next time I’ll order far more fabric to be able to make these changes.

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Strawberry Thief Liberty Emery dress

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I haven’t done any sewing for a few weeks now, what with being in London for work and all, but I did make this beautiful (if I do say so myself) dress before I went. I don’t really know what to say about this dress, except that it’s another Emery pattern, in a Liberty Strawberry Thief print. I really love my Liberty print!

Despite making quite a few of these dresses now, this Emery still turned out differently, even though I followed the same instructions. I’m not sure whether I was a little bit tighter with the seam allowances but this one was bigger in the waist and bodice than any of my previous attempts. Hmmmm.

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I’m also a massive fan of the length of the Emery dress, but the last one was just a little bit too long. So I shortened this one quite a bit and now the length is perfect for me.

I loved working with the Strawberry Thief fabric and I loved that it had quite a straight print as it made me really take notice of how I cut it and of making each part match up. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

The only thing that’s slightly annoying me is that I made a facing for the neckline. Although I love facings generally, this one seems a bit bulky in the front and needs pressing down. My initial plan for this dress was to make matching bias binding for the neckline and arms, but I cut out the facing before remembering my plan and didn’t really want the beautiful fabric to go to waste. I think, in the future, I may take it out and try the bias binding option.

Like the other Liberty fabric, this one too is very thin but I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Plus, it’s Strawberry Thief! Who doesn’t like birds picking fruit from a tree on their clothes?

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The Sewing Bee returns to BBC Two

Photo credit: BBC

Photo credit: BBC

The Great British Sewing Bee is back! The show will return for its third series tonight at 8pm with a fresh lot of contestants and challenges for them to get stuck into. I, for one, will be glued to the screen for the next few weeks.

Excitingly, there are TWO sewing bloggers appearing on the series this year. Sew Deputy, aka Amanda, who spoke about her excitement here and Deborah, or DFabricate. I’m really excited to see what Deborah will come up with as she has great style. She spoke of her experience with the programme here.

Will you be watching too? I wonder if there’ll be a clear favourite from the start? Personally, I will be rooting for anyone who is that passionate about sewing (that’s all of them then!).


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Some inspiration for your weekend

Photo courtesy of Sewing Daisies on Flickr

The thing about street style is that it can be so varied. In my previous blog, I could spend hours trawling through various websites for fashion inspiration, but now that I’m usually working on this instead, I find that the time to look for inspiration is far less frequent than it used to be.

However, fashion blogs have always been a great source of inspiration to me and today I have gone back to my ways of old, searching the realms of the blogging world to bring you, my readers, fashion inspiration.

So, here are a few of the inspirational people I have found lately, all who are also amazing crafters, quite unlike my disastrous knitting attempt last week, more of which I’ll show you in the next post!

A long-time favourite blogger of mine is Wayward Daughter. Cait’s talent is a constant source of inspiration and her clothes make me drool with envy. Her photography is quite perfect too. Marking out a career as a designer, her clothes can be found here.

Gem Fatale was introduced to me via a friend. Every week, she creates her Tuesday tips, which are usually little things, such as painting stripes on your nails or sewing accessories without the use of needles. The great thing about Gem is that she takes the easy option to make things, which is perfect for the less ambitious of us. Here’s one of my personal favourites.

And finally there’s Rosie. Rosie makes delicate ornaments to wear on your fingers or around your neck. These rings and necklaces are exquisite and are everything the more girly of us could want. Her shop can be found here.

Each of these girls are very different, but no matter what your style is, you can be sure to want at least one of these items for Christmas. I know I do.