How are you all? Hope there’s plenty of sewing happening in your world. I don’t know about you but all this chilly wet weather isn’t conducive to encouraging me to be sewing up nice summery garments. I’m usually away (pre Covid times of course) during August somewhere warm and sunny and often wondering if I’m leaving behind the best of the British weather. It almost had me fooled last year when we were lucky enough to have lots of sunshine and warmth. However, this year I’m not so sure!!
Anyway in an effort to cling onto the dreams of summer and lots of sunshine (can you tell I’m desparately trying to avoid sewing up wintery projects in August!!!), when Sammy asked me to choose something from her website for my next Design Team Project I opted for some of the 100% viscose. After my usual indecisiveness over fabric colours, I opted for the teal and white colourway and have to say it is truly beautiful to work with. It washed and dried great, no colour runs or bobbling. Ironing was an absolute breeze! It pressed beautifully. I did use the clapper as I usually do when pressing seams but I’m pretty sure it didn’t really need it. After searching through my patterns I decided it would make a lovely Sew House Seven Montavilla Dress. I’ve had this pattern for quite a while now but never quite got round to making it.
Once I got the dress cut out, it started to come together really quickly and had some really good and new to me techniques. I spent ages looking for the frill pattern piece only to find there isn’t one….its created by making a shoulder dart on the back and front bodice. I thought this was genius idea and love the shoulder detail. The neckline is self bound and I have to say the fabric is so buttery soft at times I had problems feeling it between my fingers.
The pockets on the side panel and the piece of elastic at the top of that side panels make a really nice feature too.
I followed the instructions to the letter and didn’t make any changes to the pattern despite wondering if I should add some length due to my height (I’m 5’10”) but I tried it on before hemming and was pleased with the length as it was.
I was really impressed with the instructions for this pattern especially for the mitred corners on the hem and I’ll definitely use this technique where possible on future makes as it gives a really nice neat finish. Those splits on the sides are just the perfect size. Just enough leg pops out as you walk and I think it makes the dress look really feminine.
I started a new job back in July temporarily whilst waiting patiently for our business to restart after being badly affected by Covid and after 20 years of working for ourselves and learning a new job, I’m finding it quite stressful right now so I found this make really therapeutic as a result of the fabric choice and pattern itself with its cheeky little techniques. I’d say the only tricky part was the belt. Despite having the Prym tube turners, I still managed to get it stuck inside itself. Luckily, Mia (my youngest) was around and kindly offered to sort the belt for me whilst I cracked on with sewing other parts.
I was super excited to wear this dress and had big plans to wear it for a meal with my bestie only to put it on and drop foundation on it whilst getting ready to go out! I wouldn’t mind but it’s the first time I’ve worn foundation in 18 months!!!! I was so annoyed so I had to put it on the back burner for another time. Fortunately I didn’t have to wait long and on A Level results day we took Mia out for a meal to celebrate her grades so took the opportunity to wear it then and get photos for this blog post.
I have to say the fabric is absolutely delightful against my skin. Its super soft and light and airy. I definitely chose the right project for the fabric and felt great wearing it. I will definitely be making more versions of this dress.
I highly recommend this fabric….would it be really wrong to have every colourway?? I really can’t say enough how gorgeous this fabric is. Yes….you really do need some!
Hope you like the project I chose for this lovely fabric.
Until next time…. happy sewing!