Sewing your Sunday Best … and Blogging about it on a Monday! (The Sunday Dress by Pattern & Cloth)

Hello! Having been quiet here for a wee while (too busy sewing!) I’ve now got a double-whammy of posts coming up in quick succession (haha clearly I blog as I live!); there’s a new sewing pattern launching later today I was really happy to be part of the tester group for; I’ll post on that next but, for now, I want to share the 5 dresses I’ve recently sewn using the Sunday Dress pattern from indie designer Pattern & Cloth. Read More

The Surprise Hit of the Summer! The Rosetta Dress by Pattern & Cloth

I’ve sewn quite a few things for my daughter over the years, including a fair amount of ‘fancy’ dresses. They’ve all had some love but nothing, I repeat, nothing like the amount of love my daughter has for this dress pattern; the ‘Rosetta Dress’ by children’s designer Pattern & Cloth. It’s been the undoubted hit of the summer, the first being worn so often that I just had to make a second so she had something else she wanted to wear!

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Hey June Kensington dress

The Kensington Dress by Hey June Patterns – the perfect girls dress!?

Hey June Kensington dress

Hi!

Proving that a sewing project doesn’t have to be complicated to tick all the boxes; the Kensington Dress by Hey June Patterns is as close to a perfect ‘everyday’ girls dress as you can get. Covering an age range of 18 mths to 10 years with optional neck placket or as a simple pullover and with two sleeve variations, this pattern will work year round. For years. It also comes as a tee.

Kensington Dress by Hey June patterns

You can find the pattern HERE.

I made the long sleeve version so as to carry my Pixie Princess through the winter months. The sleeve tabs are actually her favourite feature of the dress:

Hey June Kensington Dress Sewing Pattern review
The long sleeve button tab

I made it in an absolutely gorgeous hearts and stars jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts in the pink marl colourway and it’s beautifully soft and cooperative. Head over to the Minerva Craft Blogger Network to read my post all about it HERE including the links to the fabric and notions I used. It basically reads as ‘me V supermarket buying’…

Kensington Dress by Hey June sewing pattern review
How’s cute is too cute!?

This was my first make in my new ‘bijou’ sewing room setup … it was a joy from start to finish. And a big thank you to Becca of redwsews for introducing me to the Kensington dress! It was also my intro to Hey June Patterns – and I’ve just ordered the supplies to make a version of their Halifax Hoodie for myself which I’m really excited about – it’s going to be navy and … gold!

Until next time,

Sewsarahsmith

 

 

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Simplicity New Look 6884 shirtdress

Chambray Shirtdress (New Look 6884) & a Snap Chat (How to Insert Prym ‘Love’ Snaps Tutorial)

 

Girls Shirtdress sewing pattern
New look 6884 with Prym ‘Love’ Snaps

Hello! Well,  #sewtogetherforsummer has ended for this year; the winners notified and the prizes distributed but, curiously, I still wanted to make another Shirtdress! This time for my Pixie Princess – let’s face it, she’d heard me harp on enough about shirtdresses over the last few months she was bound to want one too!

So I made her New Look 6884 in a ‘Cherry Crimson’ Art Gallery Fabrics chambray (which comes in a gorgeous palette of colourways) as part of this months’ Minerva Crafts Blogger Network (see HERE). This is a great girl’s Shirtdress pattern with lots of options including a soft collar, a ruffle hem band and several sleeves. Whilst I like doing buttonholes, I decided to use the Prym range of plastic ‘Love’ snaps, which I thought added a fun and practical touch instead of the traditional button down front. You can read my post for Minerva which gives links to all the products and tools I used, from the pattern and fabric to the pliers and snaps HERE.

// How to Insert Prym ‘Love’ Snaps //

But I thought I’d talk about how to insert the snaps themselves in more detail here – a SnapChat if you will ;-) as I’d been a little unsure how to use them at first but, like most things, they’re incredibly simply once you know how! This little tutorial is a collaborative effort – I’ll supply the ‘how’ – you get to insert the smutty jokes and euphemisms! Ok?!

prym vario plyers pliers kit

I’ve had my Prym Pliers set (above) in my sewing kit for an age. Although it comes with a gazillion gadgets it doesn’t actually come with the specific ‘heads’ you need to use for the plastic snaps, so I bought the extra kit for a few quid (left pic). However, you can now get just a set of the pliers with the right heads in a special ‘Love’ kit (right pic):

 

 

The snaps themselves come in a range of colours and a variety of shapes; I used the red assortment ‘circle’ pack.

I definitely recommend practicing on a scrap piece of fabric first! Preferably the same thickness of fabric you’ll be using in your project.

plastic snaps how to insert

There’s a ‘female’ and ‘male’ under segment to each snap, which the fabric gets sandwiched between. They look like the pic below when they’re paired with the top shape (the bit with the long prong):

plastic snaps

So, firstly, put your attachments into your plier; the top is a clear silicone piece with a small hole running through its centre. The bottom is a white plate that holds the snap head.

prym plastic snaps how

Next put one of the top snaps (the one with the prong) onto the white plate…

prym vario love snaps

…and put it through your marked hole (I describe how I lined up and marked the snap holes on the dress itself on the dress blog post HERE).

prym love snaps tutorial

Then place the ‘female’ part of the snap over the protruding prong (insert your own smutty joke here ;-))

how to use varop pliers

Then the fun bit … SQUEEZE!!! What the plier effectively does is squeeze the two components parts of the snap together, securely sandwiching the fabric between. What it also does, essentially, is squish down and flatten that now defunct extra prong length. The snaps won’t, err, snap closed together without this.

pliers pkastic snaps

Repeat the whole process for the corresponding underside snap. Remember, if you’ve used the ‘female’ snaps on top, you’ll need the ‘male’ ones underneath. Use your own euphemism here to help you remember!

 

 

Really simple huh?! I hope I’ve explained it clearly enough; let me know! (If you’re tempted to have a go, as I say, links for everything can be found here). I now want to add snaps to all the things! If you see me with a pair of pliers in my hand, unless you want to be snapped, probably better to keep your distance for a while!

Until next time, I’ll be sewing up a pile of viscose for my holiday suitcase!

 

Sewsarahsmith

 

 

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New Look sewing pattern

A Little Lady Liberty Dress : New Look 6205 #MCBN

Liberty fabric

Ah New Look 6205 how I love thee. And Liberty fabric how I adore and now obsessively covet thee!

 

Seriously, this is the third time I’ve sewn up this dress for my daughter to date. She absolutely loves it. The first time I made it up in this gorgeous pink patchwork poplin (and blogged about it here) and she wore it seemingly non-stop. I then made it up in a polka dot peachskin. That got a lot of love too. The nano-second she outgrew that one she wanted another.

She asked for “…lots of flowers”.

This Liberty poplin delivered on that front! And so many more…

To read all about this make and for links to the products you can click HERE to be redirected to my post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network.

Until next time, sewing friends x

 

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