Liberty Lawn Melilot

My July Minerva make was a new to me indie pattern company : Deer&Doe. I had seen several lovely versions on the Melilot out in the wild but had yet to take the plunge. Now I am not even sure why I waited so long!

Here I am (pre hair chop) feeling very smug in my Melilot :-). For the full post click here to be taken to my Minerva Craft Blogger Network post. 9001172262017-07-092003-37-02201

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plus – a little video……………….


Sunday Sevens w/e 23 July 2017

Shaved all my hair off on Sunday night.
Wi-Fi stopped working so I had to visit the basement lair and see where my internets comes from……
Maya Angelou said every woman should read this book – so I’m listening to Maya, I am listening.
I won a Sew Now Magazine prize draw – only found out upon receiving this on Wednesday
Friday sewing date with the fabulous Eleanor
Sculpture in Leeds City Centre.

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You can read the origin of Sunday Sevens here.

Sunday Sevens

I enjoy reading Sunday Sevens posts so I am joining in. You can read the origin of Sunday Sevens here. Most web based challenges can be interpreted by the individual making it more fun IMO. My interpretation is to share no more than 7 pictures from the week. Sometimes there will be text – sometimes not. Here we go…

Had a sewing date with Ali. Good times!
Finding stock for school fair stall by destashing the yarn stash
Happy fabric mail!!! You can watch me talk about them here or scroll down below:-)
Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Design for tomorrow.
Cut flowers from my hydrangea.
Tidied up the allotment.
Amazon Prime Day madness.

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Another Giselle Maxi Dress for Indie Pattern Month 2017

July is Indie Pattern Month over at The Monthly Stitch. Its a month set aside for celebrating indie patterns. I always the challenges set by Kat and Mel and this year is no exception. Week 1 is dresses and I made yet another Giselle maxi dress using fabric bought from my first Yorkshire Spoolette meet up in Feb 2016 <link here>. Tangentially, I have used all but 1 of the fabrics I bought then and that’s great for me :-). I digress, lets get to it ……..

Can I just start off by saying that I love this dress! OK. So when Kat and Mel announced the themes I was pleased to see that dresses were in Week 1. It didn’t take me long at all to decide on which indie pattern dress to make – Giselle by Kate and Rose Patterns.

I have made 3 of them ( here and here) before but none in a rayon challis fabric. The fabric is irresistibly soft and I  very nearly made pyjamas with it. It also gets double points for stash busting as it has been in the stash since Feb 2016 :-).



Since I have sewn this before fitting was not an issue. I made the version with the under bust yoke but sleeveless. The sleeves and neckline were finished with cotton bias binding.

This is a quick dress to sew up. The skirt panels are basically rectangles that are gathered and sewn together. I always add in seam pockets to this pattern as it comes without pockets and that’s my only complaint (a very minor one 🙂). I finished my seams with the overlocker.

Its a loose fit easy to wear dress. Very swishy and its one of those dresses that always has me on my best posture. You know the sort of dress you feel like you are letting it down if you slouch or don’t stand proud :-).

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Peace and love,