BurdaStyle 115 Sleeveless Dress

I’ve recently had a bit of a sewing lul where I wasn’t super inspired to sew, I didn’t know where to start, and I kept making clothes out of “test” fabric which I didn’t really like once it was made. The plan was to make a second garment but it just went back on my sewing room pile and I fell back into my lul again.

I figured from now once I’ve checked the sizing I would just create the garment in my nice fabric and that might solve half my problems. I also have a bit of an issue collecting patterns, and now I have so many I’m overwhelmed with choice. Almost like sifting through the Netflix catalogue and in the end you’ve scrolled though tons of movies and just end up sitting there not watching anything because there is too much choice. So I went back to the pattern company I know fits me well… Burdastyle.

This dress is the Burdastyle 115 Sleeveless dress that I’ve had in my downloads for a few years now. It’s actually been a little while since I’ve cut out a pattern from BurdaStyle so I went to look at my sizing which indicated a size 40, but then once I did the toile, I realised that I needed a 42.

I ended up making it out of a Cotton Sateen from Spotlight, which did have a bit of stretch, so I actually had to take it in a little around the sides and back. This is really cute style of dress. It’s quite low cut and somehow it turned out quite short, which I can wear with black stockings (given it’s currently winter).

I also cut the same dress x2 to make a lining, so it’s fully lined! It has cotton sateen for the top and a poplin for the skirt.

I’m actually really pleased with the way this one turned out and it’s made me realised that I just have to keep sewing, even if it’s something I don’t love because that’s where you end up finding your gem patterns. I probably wouldn’t make a second dress in this (tiny bit too revealing for me) but at least I have one really nice version in fabric that I love.

I also had a look through my Burdastyle wish list and found a plus size dress that is seriously gorgeous. Given their plus sizing starts at 44 I think my next goal will be to make this version and simply size it down one sizing.

Overall I quite like this version dress and the combination with the cotton sateen fabric. It’s also exciting to have my sewing groove back and be able to post a finished garment that I’m happy with! Sometimes you just have to commit to a outfit and put your creative mind on getting it finished to get back into loving this hobby.

I also find it helpful to go and check out other sewers that have a similar style to your own and see what they’ve been up to. There are so many women who I’ve followed for years and just admire everything they create. I’ll hopefully have a few more gems to post online soon!

Happy Sewing

Erin x

McCalls M7789 Tie Front Dress

I’ve been wanting to sew this dress for a while now and seen so many beautiful versions of it on Instagram. This pattern has a number of variations too so they all look completely different from each other. I purchased this Cotton Sateen fabric from DK Fabrics that I have been holding out to use, wanting to find the perfect style of dress. I’m glad I did, as it worked amazingly and is so soft and comfortable to wear.

I started my tester dress by just using the bow tie front, shoulder straps and the skirt pattern pieces. However, when I gathered the skirt it felt too bunched and it didn’t sit well on me. So I’ve changed it up and still using the skirt pattern I just removed the extra width to the skirt (removing the gathered section). This then created a slim-fitting skirt pattern instead. I also found it strange that you had to try and tuck the top of the skirt top part under and it just felt a bit messy on the inside and not very well lined. To fix this I just cut out a strip (along the top of the skirt) to line the back and stitched it at the same time as the skirt to top piece.

Description: Close-fitting dress with a tie-front bow and slim fitting skirt with back zipper.
Pattern: McCalls M7789 Dress
Fabric: Cotton Sateen Dress & Lined Shirt – DK Fabrics

The only issue with the bow at the front is it’s hard to find the perfect bra to wear with it. You could end up lining the inside of the top with some padding, which would remove the use of wearing one. Or if you’re like me, you could just just tie the bow really tight and wear a strapless bra anyway.

I loved the style of this dress so much I ended up cutting out a shirt version to wear with jeans. I had the most gorgeous linen fabric in mind, so I jumped straight to it and made this pink version. It’s crazy to think I originally used this fabric for a Baby Doll Dress when I was 18. This was probably one of my first sewing projects that I completed with my mum.

There is so much inspiration on insta for this pattern that will want you creating your own version! Just search the tag #M7789. You can also see the different ways you can mix and match the top and bottom parts.

Each year I usually try to find new patterns to test out, some of which never even make it to my blog. I think this year, given how little I’m going to work or out socially, I’ll probably just stick to a goal of using the fabric that I have in my stash and creating the garments that I already know and love.

Thank you for reading!

Happy sewing

Erin xx

Colette Macaron Summer Dress

After having a bit of a break from sewing I started the year fresh by going back to a pattern I love making. This was a perfect dress for the summer holidays, looking casual but still dressy and cute. I wore this dress for a day up at the Sunshine Coast and even made a matching mask to wear with it.

Description: This is a beautiful two-toned dress including front pockets a pleated skirt and small capped sleeves. Perfect for beginner sewers as Colette includes easy-to-follow instructions.
Pattern: Colette Macaron Dress
Material: Striped Denim and cotton jersey

This is a close up where you can see the striped pattern of the dress and I absolutely just love this combination. As you can see I’ve copied this style for all of the Colette dresses that I’ve made. You can see these blog posts with my flower patterned and the bright fabric version.

The main things that I love about this pattern is the two-toned layout (which you can mix and match with so many different fabric types – even sheer), front and back pleats, front pockets and cute capped sleeves. It’s such a flattering, cute style of dress, I just love wearing them!

Even though this is one of my favourite dresses I’ve only ever purchased two other patterns from Colette (now on Seamworks website). I’d love to know if you’ve made or love any of the other patterns from this brand? It might be time for me to invest in a new style!

In saying that, the next dress on my sewing table is actually a black version of this I’m going to create with a bright linen type of fabric. I’m hoping to get the most out of what’s left of summer 🙂

Happy Sewing!

Erin

McCalls M8104 Denim Beach Dress

Coming into summer I wanted to make a beach dress that I could just throw over my swimmers. I chose McCalls M8104 pattern and made it from a lightweight denim. There is a lot to love about this pattern, including the slim-fitting shape, detailed sleeves and front and slim-fitting skirt with variations.

Description: Empire seam button front dresses with length, dolman sleeve variations & flounce details.
Pattern: McCalls M8104
Fabric: Lightweight Denim

The one thing I didn’t love about this pattern was how low cut the front was. As you can see from the photos I’ve actually put an extra button above the skirt line, which is not indicated on the pattern. Even still, it’s very low cut and if you were so sit down and the dress bunched up you would be able to see your bra and what’s underneath. I guess it’s not so bad when you’re already at the beach wearing swimmers but I would highly recommend testing this pattern out and making changes to it. Epecially if you intend to wear to lunch or day event. The alternative is wearing a singlet underneath.

Admittedly, I probably could have cut one size smaller but I still think I would have had to make a few alterations if I was wanting to turn this into a day dress. It might not be an issue for everyone, especially those with larger busts but certainly one thing to test out.

I also wanted to give the dress a bit of detail, so I’ve stitched a double orange line along most of the edges and added some wooden buttons. I think the detail really makes the dress.

I am really looking forward to summer this year, taking three weeks off over Christmas. I will also only just come out of an 8 week fitness challenge (still 3 weeks to go!). I’ve already dropped one dress size and fitting into a clothes that I haven’t worn since pre-covid days, which makes me even more excited to start sewing again!

A lot of really amazing things have happened to me this year, despite some challenges and setbacks. I got another promotion at work and completed a UX design course. I bought a new car, joined a fitness challenge, where I’ve made a bunch of new friends and still continue to renovate and improve my house and backyard.

Here is just one before and after that has been keeping me occupied! While doing this I’ve also found I really LOVE gardening. I’ve got so many pot plants now and even starting to pick my own home grown veggies!

One really big change working from home was joining a fitness challenge and gym, because it’s such an amazing way I can break up the day between work and home life. It’s made the biggest difference in my mental and physical well-being, finding myself happier than I have been in a long time.

My little helper – Ziggy

I’m actually really excited to see the end of this year and really looking forward to what’s coming!

Hopefully its’ the change we all need to put Covid behind us!

Happy Sewing xx

Erin

BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

I’ve been wanting to try out this BurdaStyle Cotton 101 dress for some time because of how amazing the sleeve detail is. This is my first test dress that I made with some scrap material I had left over from my latest Macaron dress.

Description: This dress features a high waistline, A-line cascade skirt and a sophisticated sleeve detail.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101 06/18
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

The only alterations I made on this dress was taking the skirt up above my knees. Everything else in the dress is as per the original pattern. The next time I create this I’m going to add some small cap sleeves, because who doesn’t love sleeves on a dress. Also, I might make the skirt a bit more slim fitted and possibly change it to a skirt with front buttons.

It was pointed out on my Instagram that some ladies had complications with this pattern mainly because the instructions are all written based. There’s never any pictures with BurdaStyle instructions so you really have to look at the final photo and work it out yourself. I’m not going to lie it did take me a few attempts at figuring out how it all fit together but eventually I think I got it right.

I would have to say the sleeve is the only complicated part on this dress, the rest is fairly straight forward. I also made a muslin first for the top part, especially to ensure it fit right. I then ended up using the cotton muslin as the lining for the top, instead of using the neck and sleeve bindings. I was super happy with how that worked out so that just proves how important and useful it is to make a muslin first so you don’t ruin your pretty fabric!

I’ve also joined in on this months Instagram sewing challenge by Bimble and Pimple. It started with Day 1 – Fun Fact about yourself. My fun fact was, yes sewing in my number 1 hobby but I also enjoy landscape photography! I’m only really new to going out and taking photos but here are some of my favourite ones. Last year I also went and did an Astro Photography course with my dad which was so fun. We are hoping to do a few more this year and it’s such a nice hobby to enjoy with my father, since he’s now retired.

If you haven’t already got involved, jump in and share your stories and ideas. I was a bit late to the game but still joining in. Check out #BPsewvember2020 on Instagram or you can follow me at honeylovesewing.

Happy Sewing! Erin xx

Simplicity 2360 Dress

I wanted to test out this pattern because of the shape and femininity to the style. However, the fabric choice that I picked wasn’t the right fit for the dress. I originally included the sleeve frills but decided that it was a little too over the top, so I ended up removing them.

Description: V or round-neck loose-fitting dress with waist gathers and frilled shoulders or neck line.
Pattern: Simplicity 2360
Fabric: Duck Cloth Cotton from Spotlight

I cut out a size 10 but it’s still quite large around the top, so it’s looks too big around my neck and shoulders. Especially with the type of material which sits too firmly. I probably won’t make this dress again, mainly because I don’t like waist gathered dresses on my figure but it was worth a shot.

The puggies always love a good photo shoot and certainly willing to steal the show. I thought it was worth sharing this dress because sometimes you don’t always have success with something you make but you can always learn from the experience.

I actually really love this fabric so if I purchase it again I might opt for McCalls 8030 dress shown below, which I’ve recently seen on Instagram.

I’ve spent the last two weeks sewing and 3 out of 5 dresses I absolutely love, while 2 dresses will most likely be cut up again to make something else. The best part about sewing is you can always salvage the fabric and repurpose it, so it’s never a complete loss.

Hope you’ve had some sewing successes and hopefully you’ll find this review helpful.

Happy Sewing! Erin xx