Windrush Shirtdress

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A little while ago some amazing Liberty fabric caught my eye… As I googled the various colourways, I stumbled upon this amazing story on uppercase magazine about just how the print was made. Helen Musselwhite hand cut the whole thing! Definitely a worthy read…

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I didn’t think I would splurge and buy any of this fabric, until my mum offered to buy some special fabric for me for Christmas. I ordered it online from Shaukat.

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I wanted to make a dress, and to choose a pattern that would help break up the repeat a little. I flirted with the idea of a BHL Sabrina dress for a little while, but then settled on the Pauline Alice Camí dress. I quickly made up a toile and had the whole dress done over one weekend because I was determined to wear it on my first day at my new job!!

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What a great print matched with a great pattern! And funnily the fabric name ‘windrush’ is pretty appropriate to the pattern – walking in the city you can get some good billows!! But the skirt is not indecently short by any means so no major troubles so far!

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This dress sewed up very nicely, and after making so many Archers I didn’t really need to spend too long reading the instructions! The invisible zip made me most nervous, by my new Janome I treated myself to last year handled it well. Hooray for invisible zipper feet! And automatic button holes!

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The buttons are from the Alannah Hill factory outlet store in Fitzroy, they match so nicely! I should have taken a close up.

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I loved making and love wearing this dress, and I have another cut out! The next version will be in a very different but still very lovely floral… Hopefully this weekend sees some sew time!

Indigo Monsoon Dahlia

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A few weeks ago I received my order from Stitch 56 all wrapped up nicely in pink tissue. Rarely for me, I chose my fabric and pattern at the same time.

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I sewed up Colette Pattern’s Dahlia in a straight size 4 and was super pleased with how it turned out. I also made it up first in a quilting cotton first, which was nice too, but it definitely benefits from the nice floaty drape of this fabric.

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My only real modification was to use the selvedge for the hem, and so had to straighten out those pattern pieces.

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Comfortable and pretty to wear, and fun to make, this pattern is a winner!

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I like how the fabric is a bit ocean-y – A wide sandy strip, turquoise shallows, and then a deep blue.

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I think this dress will be getting a lot of wear!

water colour heart sparkle button dress you are fun and silly.. I mean whimsical

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This is my second Alder shirt dress by the lovely Jen of Grainline Studio. I am a huge fan of Jen’s. I have made 4 moss skirts, 8 scout tees and 3 archers with more of each in the works! I love the drafting, the construction, the versatility, and the way the finished items fit so well into my wardrobe.

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I never know which buttons I will use when I begin. I like to audition them right near the end of the sewing process. I’m always a bit in awe of other bloggers who seem to know right from the start just what to choose. In the end I thought seeing as I went with the cute gathered skirt option, in cute kitty/heart water colour fabric, I may as well go all out and choose the cute sparkle buttons!

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Two weeks ago I accidentally sewed one of my french seams back to front, and then last weekend I didn’t read the instructions and struggled with the first right angled french seam, but today I plucked up and finished the dress. I’m super happy and relieved because I love it!

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My bro even helped me out and took the photos for me! In the photo below I was trying to get him to give me pose ideas… Yeah I’ll be working on that! But I do love this dress!

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