A Trio of Laurel’s

I’ve not done any garment sewing since before the summer holidays, so I was itching to get on with something for the autumn and to use up some of the yards of fabric I bought back in June  – just waiting to be made into something nice.

I am lucky enough to be heading off to Canada (all by myself!) at the end of the week for a friends 40th birthday celebrations. I’m very excited and had planned to make the Colette Laurel dress to wear to the party. After making a muslin I decided it wasn’t for me – and knowing that I don’t often wear dresses plumped for the top version instead. I started it on my wonderful sewing weekend back at the beginning of October.

It comes to together so quickly and was such a great fit on me I made two more!
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The first is a quilting cotton (fairly fine) it’s called Koi by Rashida Coleman Hale – this is the one I have in mind for Christmas parties with smart jeans and black boots. (I’m quite glad I didn’t make a whole dress in this)

The second fabric is Color Me Happy Cluster Dots in Emerald. I LOVE that green and it looks fab with royal blue. Its a heaver quilting cotton but is actually really nice to wear and suits the shape of the top well.

The third is a lightweight lawn – which again is lovely to wear but does crumple like a bugger – I think this will be more suited to summer.

I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern: I lengthened it by 1/2″.  Took in the sides 1/2″ (probably could do with a bit more – but I didn’t want to loose the nice shape) and deepened and lengthened the back darts by an inch.  I love the nice easy binding on the sleeve – so much easier than attaching cuffs and there isn’t too much gathering to wrangle when adding the sleeves. I hand finished all the binding, as I know from previous attempts at machining it didn’t look very neat. I’ve not managed to find a photographer for proper photos – so these headless selfies will have to do!
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A Wonderful Weekend

I was lucky enough to have (another) whole weekend away sewing with some lovely friends. It really is such a treat to have two and a half days of uninterrupted stitchery. Not to mention the great company and some fabulous food. Emily brought a tray of homemade Cinamon buns which smelt amazing and tasted even better.

I spent my time on three projects one of which is a secret gift, so I can’t show any pictures of that. One was a cushion cover for my youngest sons birthday, which is coming up next month. This was the perfect opportunity to make it, away from prying little eyes!

Lastly I started on a dressmaking project. It really is amazing how much you can get done without all the distractions of home life. We all left on Sunday afternoon tired but relaxed and happy. Here are a few photos. I can’t wait until the next one!

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