Planning sewing for The Sewing Weekender

2268255B-E427-413D-B3D7-6028D84C3401I can’t wait for my weekend away in Cambridge indulging in sewing, sewing chat and admiring everyone’s makes.

But of course it means I have to decide what to make! Last time I tackled a Grainline Scout Tee – or more accurately I started one as I spent so much time chatting that I didn’t get anywhere near finishing it.

I don’t expect this year will be any different, but I need to take a project with me .

So I am planning to make a dress from the Sew Different range. I absolutely love the cocoon coat that I made after buying some of their patterns at The Knitting & Stitching Show. I blogged about that some time ago , and proudly sent pictures and a blog link to Laura ( the Sew Different owner/ designer) who I had chatted to at the show. Laura very kindly offered me a free pattern of my choice!

I went on to her web site and read through the section on which patterns suit which body shapes( I had just been on a body shape and style class which defined me as a petite rectangle) . I really liked the look of her Essential Denim dress with the opportunity to create contrasting panels . It’s not a new pattern but I haven’t seen many made up on line and I really liked her styling of it with tights and boots.



My first thought is to try to use scraps and existing fabric from my stash. Of course, whilst I think I have loads of blue fabric in the stash, when I pulled it all out most was unsuitable, destined for other projects or I must admit in some cases I just don’t like cutting into favourite fabric for a pattern I have not tried before ( anyone else have this problem?)

I have found a couple of fabrics which are possibilities.

These  may be supplemented by a third fabric as I am happily in Manchester next week which means I will HAVE to visit Abakhans


I will of course write up my experiences with the pattern and the weekend away.

Has anyone else made up this pattern. Any tips? Will need to cut it out before I go so please let me know ASAP!

3 thoughts on “Planning sewing for The Sewing Weekender”

  1. I so loved this pattern I bought 2 by mistake! I haven’t made it up yet but seeing it here reminds me I must get on this. Such a flattering shape and so versatile! I look forward to seeing yours made up and any tips re bust adjustments will be much appreciated 🙂


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