By villagemaker, May 31 2015 05:44PM
Hi there GF,
Well, it been a long quiet winter on the Maker Update front, and after some manic months of DIY, moving house, and juggling the mini makers, I thought the perfect way to restart for spring, was to join in the fun of the Simplicity Blogger Challenge.
I selected the 'Best dressmaking project' and the pattern is from NewLook and is a very cool shift dress (pattern number 6145 http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/6145/#.VWs6289VhBc). The challenge was to use the pattern as a basis for your own bespoke creation and "The only rule is that there are no rules!"
The biggest challenge for me was how can I work this into a capsule wardrobe??? As I have mentioned a few times lately, I am trying to select a core range of about 12 garments to be the base of my wardrobe and will be making and sharing some key items over the coming months. I looked at this pattern, picked it up and put it down and finally decided it was actually a very clever pattern, classic but with several alternatives to make it unique, fun sleeves, various necklines and suitable for a range of fabrics.
So, my initial reaction was go bold GF! Just do it. I had received the Skinny la Minx range of organic cotton and I thought this was a fabulous option for a fun summer shift. I'm loving the mustard colours at the moment and this graphic is very scandinavian and on trend.
And then, ....... I rained myself back in and went on a very seasonally inspired denim hunt. I didn't want anything too heavy and I wanted it to be cool for summer. Perfect for the school run, but feminine and able to be accesorised too. So I visited the lovely Ditto fabrics in Brighton - one of my 'go-to' shops for goodies I don't stock, do visit if you get the chance, fabulous. I ended up buying several other goodies, as you do GF, including some lovely Hemmingway prints........but alas I will save that for the next update, but I did get a beautiful chambray, perfect for the job (https://www.dittofabrics.co.uk/).
So away I went with fabric in hand and a spring in my 'I just bought new fabric' step. I let the pattern speak for itself and selected the very cool pleated sleeves, love them. The fabric sits beatifully, and was lovely to sew, and even including a concealed zip. I did think an exposed metal zip would have been a good match too GF. So, here she is. I have accesorised for day with flats and hot orange bag, alterntively for a vino date, with necklace and a heel. I dont think anything other than a hot red lipstick would seal the outfit for me, just sayin.
Well, thats what I've been up to lately. I hope you have had some time to get your make on and get into spring with a litte something new. If your feeling inspired, dont forget to check out the Simplicty website for patterns http://www.simplicitynewlook.com. And dont forget to check out what other fabulous makers have whipped up for Simplicity Bloggers Challenge!
Happy Making GF.