Bed of roses

Greetings everyone!

FrontIt has been far too long since I did my last update I’m afraid but I do have a very good reason for it.  I have been a busy bee learning my new job which I started in October.  I have to confess it has taken up the majority of my brain power the last couple of months, leaving my sewing out in the cold.  Do not despair people, my fabulous hobby is still very much a part of my life but for the first time in seven years I also have a fabulous job to go with it.

NecklineAny how, my most recent creation is Simplicity 1651, I just love the the Project Runway patterns, they always have so many variations of one dress.  I bought the fabric from Abakhan Fabrics in Manchester, I have mentioned many times the stunning fabrics I have bought from their bargain bins at wonderful prices and this one is no exception.  I decided to throw caution to the wind and make a dress with many variations which consisted of a straight skirt with side vent,  sweetheart neckline, 3/4 sleeves and bodice with an open back (you all know how I like a head turning dress, it is Christmas after all).

BackOn the whole the construction was really easy, the bodice has a facing which the back panels are inserted into, this did need a bit of tweaking as it was gaping a little too much for my liking.   When this was created and side seams were finished it was attached to the skirt, which you will notice has a little bit of gathering on the front and back. When it was the same size as the bodice the whole thing was sewn together, including the side zip.  The only difference I made was creating a lining for the skirt.  I created it in exactly the same way and attached it through the waist.Full Back

The end was fast approaching but I never leave anything to chance and don’t really relax until the sleeves are in. I still, after 3 years sewing have not mastered the art of set-in sleeves, this is a job for 2015.  Do not fear the set in sleeve, meet it head on and be happy with the result (we shall see).

Speaking of 2015, I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and have good health & happiness in the coming months.  Live life to the full and enjoy every minute of it!

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