Fabric for Weaving Inspiration

I took a workshop on techniques for sewing garments with hand woven fabric, lead by Daryl Lancaster, whose work blows me away. And now everything I want to do for forever is pairing hand-woven fabric with various spoonflower designs.

The yarn is a cotton-linen blend, size 22/2.

This fabric is printed on spoonflower’s sateen, design by Holli Zollinger.

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Spring Birthday Dress

So here’s my birthday dress for 2015.

The pattern is Dahlia by Colette Patterns. I used the sleeveless version and altered it a little bit to shorten the straps to raise the neckline, and I lengthened the hem in the back to create an asymmetrical hemline.

Its a great pattern, easy and fast to put together, with very little fitting involved considering the gathered bodice and six-panel skirt. I liked the use of self-made bias tape for the straps and sleeve binding, it was a nicely finished detail that didn’t require a lot of effort. I’ll probably try the sleeve version when it gets to be closer to fall again and I’m looking for warmer clothing.

I wrote a review of this pattern here: Colette Dahlia Dress ★★★★

The fabric was a spring green linen I found on sale at joann’s and simply had to have. But I wanted a bit of color to really give some detail, so I added the hand embroidery.

Summer Shirt Dress

Over two years later and this dress is still one of my favorites! The fit is fantastic, the fabric is comfortable and attractive. I get endless compliments on it, and my choice of buttons. This is a dress that makes me say this is why I sew!

I finished this dress about two weeks ago. Hands down, it is my favorite dress that I’ve ever made (so far.) I am ridiculously proud of this dress. It was just one of those charmed afternoons where I saw this fabric on sale at Joann’s and decided to do something with it. Then I saw the buttons, and knew they’d be perfect. Then I just started sewing and at every step of the process I was more excited and happy with this dress.

The pattern is Vogue V8577. A shirt dress with pockets that I’d been meaning to try out for awhile now. Its an easy pattern, though a little time consuming, what with the pockets, and the gathers at shoulders and back, and the button placket and all. Its extremely flattering though. The skirt is super flowy, and makes it perfect for a sunny spring day. I reviewed this pattern here: Vogue Shirt Dress V8577 ★★★★★

And yes, the uneven hemline is actually intentional. I never really pay attention to match up the hems of skirts and dresses when I’m sewing, I always know that I can fix that up at the very end. But when this dress got to that stage, and I was trying it on to decide where I wanted to put the hem, I decided that I actually really liked its sort of random unevenness. Its not even classically asymmetrical, where dresses are long in the back and short in the front, or only long on one side. I decided to exaggerate the sort of dips and curves that naturally came out of my sloppy sewing. To me, it makes this dress interesting and surprising, in the same way the orange buttons do.

This dress is perfect. When I’m done with a project, there’s almost always something I’d change about it if I wasn’t too lazy, or it wasn’t too late to go back, or just a different fabric choice or something. Not this dress. Its perfect.

Purple Shirt Dress

I’ve been having lots of fun with surprise linings lately!

This dress came from vogue pattern 8577, which I got because it has my two favorite things: a flowy skirt, and POCKETS. I reviewed my experience with the pattern here: Vogue Shirt Dress V8577 ★★★★★

I made it out of a medium weight linen, because I just love the texture of linen and because the dark purple caught my eye. Though it also left my hands fairly purple by the end of it. The green lining was an impulse, but I’m glad I went with it. I love that extra bit of color.