I haven’t been sewing as much of late and I was definitely feeling a lack of inspiration/patience with the craft. The last thing I made before today was around the end of June and I havent even blogged about it 😳
I started a new job role in July, it been pretty brain intensive and I just haven’t felt like taking on any sewing.
My last post was the lovely tropical Be Bold blouse. A few days after that post I attended my work annual Summer party. I had been thinking for some time that I wanted to sew my own dress for the party.
At first I really couldn’t decide what to make. I flirted with the idea of winging a woven circle skirt and jersey bodice combo. I scoured online for something suitable but in the end I went back to Be Bold.
Its easy to make, its woven but theres no darts or other scary shaping. It’s a loose fit style and off the shoulder, perfect for a party in a heatwave where I would inevitably get too hot.
You may remember this lovely dress I made back in Feb. I just fell in love with the fabric so i couldn’t resist using it again.
I’m not really sure why I decided to do the ruffle plain on one side. I figured you could wear it both ways round although I wore it with the black ruffle at the front for some drama.
It was so comfy for the party, the bar was sweltering and I was glad of my loose fit dress but still felt glam all night. 💖
This weekend I was determined to get some sewing in. I’ve had this stretch floral fabric for a little while now and Trendsetter by Ellie and Mac seemed a perfect match for it. It’s a really fast sew plus its got pockets!!!
It’s a fab pattern and I would definitely make it again!
My mojo is back and I can’t wait to get onto the next sew!! 💖💖💖
I recently discovered Ellie and Mac patterns via this blog post. How lovely is this Be Bold top by Margarita on the Ross?? Gorgeous fabric choice!! The pattern was on sale so I thought I’d give it a go.
Be Bold is an off shoulder blouse/dress pattern for woven fabric. There are various sleeve lengths, body lengths and optional additions of a ruffle and/or a sash.
My first attempt was using fabric I repurposed from an old skirt. It was a dirndl with an elastic waistband. There was quite a bit of fabric once I took the waistband off. Its a pretty rose print so a summer top seemed perfect. I had to do the cropped version just due to the length of the fabric.
The top was so quick to make. I added ties to act as straps and Ive since elasticated the hem.
Its pretty but I havent found the perfect outfit for it yet.
My second attempt was much more successful.
Such a pretty fabric!
I did the tunic length this time and elbow length sleeves again. The top can be worn on or off the shoulder and the fabric drapes beautifully . Thanks to my “first draft” version this was a hassle free make with no issues at all. I’ve already worn it half a dozen times.
I really love Ellie and Macs patterns. Ive bought several others already. They are affordable and easy to follow . Like Patterns for Pirates, they have a variety of body types showcasing each pattern and come in a good range of sizes.
I can definitely see myself making this again in future!
In Other News
🍇The sewing room has had a little makeover and I now have a lot more space. Excuse the mess, I am not a tidy sewist! #sorrynotsorry