Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Spring Sewing has Sprung!

 
 

 
This dress was one of the very first patterns I was chosen to test for. I was extremely excited to be selected, not just because pattern testing was new to me, but because SewPony is an Australian designer & Miss Polly was such a classy design.

 
I had been meaning to revisit the pattern since the beginning of the year, but only recently had seized a moment to sew a capped sleeve version.

 
This pattern is for an A-line dress with a large front apron pocket, beautiful piped lines & options for four different sleeve lengths.

Tulips in bloom!

 
I chose a capped sleeve for this version, but you also have the choice of sleeveless, 3/4 or full length.

The pattern comes with sizes 12 months to 10 girls included.

Note: No flowers were harmed by my children on our visit, just a lucky/unlucky find
 
Miss Polly is suitable for intermediate sewers. It requires an invisible zip & piping. A mini piping tutorial is included with the pattern. You can also visit my blog post that shows you how to make piping HERE.

 
Please don't let the invisible zip put you off, it is my preferred zip. The technique is made simple with an invisible zip foot, but not impossible to insert using a regular zipper foot (although I wouldn't recommend this to a beginner.)

 

The Miss Polly dress is beautifully finished & has such a classy retro feel to it.

My daughter really enjoyed filling the apron pocket up with all sorts of things!!

 

The fabric I chose as the feature is a soft cotton drill, printed with such a fun cat print. (Of course my tiny cat lady approved!)

 

This is a timeless pattern which is a pleasure to sew. If you would like to purchase the pattern or find out more, please visit SewPony HERE.


 

We celebrated fathers day with my hubby & kids at Araluen botanical gardens just the other weekend. The tulips are flowering & it made the perfect back drop! I had the pleasure of photographing not only my daughter in her Miss Polly dress, but some stunning flowers! Please take a look at some of my favourite flowers.
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
The flowers were terrific subjects to photograph. . . .  I liked the way they held still for me!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Butterflies, spring, sewing coats is my FAVOURITE thing!

 
Next I'd like to share with you a coat I've made for an art exhibition in my old home town. It's based on the Secret Garden coat pattern by Foo Foo threads.

 
Since its a country show, I chose a butterfly drill as the main fabric, complimented by stabilized velour & lined with minky.

 
The coat is a beautiful weight & oh-so warm!


 
I love the whimsy of the style, something I imagine a tiny princess would have wore in the 17th or 18th century.


 

Coats & jackets are my absolute favourite thing to sew. There is just so much satisfaction in sewing them. They often have a lot of pieces & are by no means a quick sew. However, when you go to turn your coat the right way, there is no greater pleasure.

 
 
 
Coats are the perfect garment to feature special buttons & I can't resist a bling button!!

 
If you would like to read more about the Secret Garden coat, please visit my write up HERE.
 
 

Coming soon. . . . . .


 

Now, I have sewn more this month, but unfortunately I'm unable to share......YET!

But I'll leave you with a quick peek of something else which is releasing soon!