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Back at the machine

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

I finally got back to some sewing in the last few weeks. I have two dressmaking finishes that I’m really pleased with.


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is Simplicity 2648 made in lovely lightweight denim from Merchant and Mills (swoon!). This is the second time I’ve made this pattern. The first was made in thick textured jersey, so about as far away from fine denim as you can get, and the pattern works just as well with non-stretch. It is one of their amazing fit range, which I think is fabulous if you are a little on the curvy side…

I love this pattern, but then it’s my sort of dress, so I would. It’s a really comfortable dress up or dress down USEFUL dress. Tick.

I’ve also made this….(apologies for the lack of ironing but I’ve been wearing it non-stop!)

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the Camber Set from Merchant and Mills (are you seeing a recurring theme), made as a tunic in Nani Iro Pocho Soda cotton double gauze in pale aqua, possibly my most favourite colour in the world.

Girls, this is like wearing a cloud. It’s that good. A little tricky to sew because you are dealing with a double layer of gauze, but it feels so good on. If you can find any (it’s Japanese), buy it!

The Camber Set pattern looks super-easy – and for the most part it is – no zips or fastenings – but as I’m learning with Merchant and Mills, their patterns often have a little sophisticated twist – in this case it is the neckline and back facing. I was a little baffled at first but actually it’s all very logical and gives a lovely finish (once you get your head round where you are going).

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On that happy note back to the machine – I will have more for you soon. The girl is on a roll!




4 Responses to “Back at the machine”

  1. Betty Says:

    You look great in the dress! And I love your (wrinkled

  2. Julie B. Says:

    So nice to read a new post from you, Helen! Your denim dress is so pretty and it looks wonderful on you. Your yard (garden?) is gorgeous as well…looks like such a nice place to sit and be. 🙂

    Hugs to you, dear Helen…

  3. Amy at love made my home Says:

    Both pieces are lovely, and the dress looks great on you!!! Hope you enjoy wearing them lots! xx

  4. diane stanley Says:

    Your garment makes look lovely, Helen. Coincidentally, I just made two dresses, and I haven’t sewn for myself in years.