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

Simplicity 1651 Dress

One of my favourite dress fabrics to use is Cotton Sateen because it can create the most gorgeous dresses. I found this fabric at Spotlight and thought it would look really great being broken up by some white cotton sateen.

Description: Misses’ dress with slim or flared skirt has front & back bodice options, sweetheart or twist-front & open back. Including sleeveless, 3/4 or cap sleeves.
Pattern: Simplicity 1651
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

Simplicity 1651

I cut out a size 10 and had to take it in a fair bit around the sides and front. Also I found the sleeves to be a little puffy but overall quite cute. I think if I made it again I would probably just stick with some standard sleeves.

Everything else about this dress fits really lovely and I think this would suit really nicely as a formal dress to wear to work, weddings, dinners or other events.

I ended up adding pockets, which was a bit fiddly because there is a zipper down the side of the dress but worked in it okay. Who doesn’t love pockets on a dress!

Overall I was really happy with how it turned out. I’d love to make this one again but I think I’ll try and get through some of my other patterns first.

After making this dress our bosses also announced that we will have a ‘return to work’ plan coming which will be great! So we will have the option to go in a few days in the next few months. I laughed because I had only just packed up all my work clothes into a crate! I might have to fish them out and start making some more work attire, since most of my clothes this year have been for casual wear.

It certainly makes you realise what a crazy year this has been!! I can’t wait until things are back to normal and we have the freedom to travel again.

Happy sewing!! Erin xx

My Sewing Archive

It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.

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So I thought I would showcase some of my first sewing projects, some I wore, and some I basically took straight down to the local op-shop. However, I feel that no matter what, it was a great learning experience being able to discover a fun and rewarding hobby.

Luckily, I even made a glossary of what these patterns were and can now look back and indicate what patterns I would love to resew in my current sizing.

I believe this process of learning how to sew is a really important one. You might start off with smaller patterns including children’s clothing, toys, quilts, tops and dresses like I did. Either way, you have to be patient and keep persisting in achieving what you want out of this hobby. I started out on a Janome 6260, which is still running strong and now I’m sewing with a Brother NV1300, which I absolutely love.

These days there are some really great resources available to help everyone excel at this hobby. Some of the beautiful books that helped me learn how to sew included the Colette Sewing Handbook, Vogue Sewing, The BurdaStyle Handbook, Love at first stitch and so many more! Plus, there are endless pattern companies out there to suit all types of body shapes. When I first started sewing I actually found it difficult to find a modern, young style of pattern but now we’re spoilt for choice, with indie pattern companies popping up everywhere. With the addition of Craftsy online learning and Youtube it’s so much easier to learn how to sew without spending anything (apart from fabric and notions of course)!