Tonight, another By Hand London dress. This evening I went on a quick hike down to the ocean for a swim with my friend Benny. Who, by the way has the most delicious food blog. After the swim I threw on my dress and we managed to get a few shots. The pattern is the Elisalex dress, I altered it slightly, using the original bodice pieces and opting for a gathered skirt instead.
I bought this fabric earlier this spring from Gala Fabrics here in Victoria. I loved the print of this stretch cotton sateen immediately. I originally planned to sew it up into a floral bomber with Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just wasn’t going to wear a floral bomber jacket. Instead, I went with yet another dress!
A beautiful pattern and some gorgeous fabric. I love working with Nani Iro double gauze, it is so easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and the prints are amazing. I had these two paired in my mind for quite some time, but when I went to cut everything out I realized that the pattern called for much wider fabric. Luckily, I was able to eke out enough space on my 3m of fabric by cutting the skirt pieces on the cross grain.
This was my most satisfying make in a while. Over the month of May I wore at least one handmade item each day and I came to realise that I should be sewing more casual wear as that is what I like to wear on a day to day basis, not pretty dresses.
Immediately after I saw this cardigan pop up on my Instagram feed I downloaded myself a copy, printed it out, and got to sewing. It was such a fast make and I finally got over my fear of my serger ( which I have since broken, yet another lesson that I should buy quality goods. )
And here’s a quick photo of some recent pottery items.