Micheal Kors dress help needed

Hi everyone, contrary to what some of you may be thinking, sewing is still very much a part of my life. I am busy planning future makes. No sewing is going on, but I am enjoying the dreaming process. I spend my free time these days gathering inspiration, patterns and….. (whisper this part please)…fabric shopping. Yes, Dibs is still buying fabric, and she is going to be buying more this Saturday when she meets up with other peeps in Walthamstow market.

So, I have been quite busy on Pinterest. While researching dresses I would like to have on my curves, I came across this beauty by Michael Kors.

It is a knit dress. Yes, I know, knit. It is no secret that I love sewing with knit, I have no choice, the curves are most unruly. This particular dress is singing to me because it has the knot at the front, which I have decided, is perfect to camouflage my not too small stomach. My body, alas, is not what it once was, and I now have to be very calculating with my sewing. Gone are the days when I could sew straight from the envelope. Now, I have to make sure the pattern will be able to hide my most uncooperative tummy. It refuses to go down. I was promised, by a few friends, who had had babies before, that everything will get back to normal after a couple of months. Mine refuses to go back in. It has fallen in love with the world, and does not want to go back into whence it came from. And before you ask, yes, I do eat cakes and candy, and yes, I eat a tub of hagen daaz a week, but that does not give my stomach the right to misbehave. Such impudence. Anyways, back to the issue at hand.

To say I love this dress, would be an understatement. Obsessed I am. Seriously. I am obsessed with this dress. We loves it…our precious….we must haves it.

Does anyone know of a pattern that is similar to this? I want the knot effect at the front, to hide my big tummy.

Have a nice week, and now, I must go back to my dreaming.

Skirting the issue

Happy New Year people!

How have you all been? Hope the new year has started well. Well it certainly has for me. I made a skirt. Its an easy project, so technically might not impress all you good people out there, but I am happy. You will all know I have not made anything lately, so I wanted to start with something light. This will hopefully make me get my sewing groove on.

Last year was pretty uneventful on the sewing front, and I have to continously tell myself there was nothing I could do to sew more things last year. Yeah, I’ve been feeling pretty inadequate, especially with all the sewing recaps I have seen popping up on blogs to mark the end of 1 year, and the beginning of another. So, to all of you who have done such posts, thanks for making me feel guilty and lazy. I hate you all. Well not really, your productivity more likely. 

This year, I am not making any fancy pancy sewing plans. All I want to do is sew more skirts. They are easy, and quick, and great wardrobe fillers. You see people, I recently got a new job, which I will be starting in February, so I need to get a new look. I’m not obliged to, but I want to. It will do me good methinks, to have a new wardrobe. So yeah, new year, new job, and, I am hoping, new wardrobe.

I used quilting cotton that I bought on sale from John Lewis. I am cheap you know. It was going for £6.50/metre I think. The fabric is by Joel Dewberry, and it is the rose bouquet in gold from the Heirloom collection. It was really easy to sew, and it feels very soft to the touch. I shall be visiting dear old Johnny L in the not to distant future for more quilting cottons.

I did not use a pattern, but followed Gertie’s instructions on making a gathered skirt. I like the way it turned out, but I don’t like the way the zip is placed. She has you insert the zip after the band has been attached, and you leave the zip ends exposed . It does not matter on the outside, but I know it is exposed on the inside, and I personally don’t like it. So when I am making it next, I shall sew the zip on before I attach the band. It really is one of the easiest things to make, and since I intend to have many skirts this year, I shall definitely be making more.

One more thing.To those who won stuff in my recent giveaway, I am yet to post out your prizes. I’m sorry it has taken this long, but I had to prepare long and hard for my interviews over the christmas period, so needless to say, going to the post office was not top of my activity list. I shall be sending them out to you this week. Hope you understand.