The 3 hour summer dress recipe

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one sewer with experience of sewing straight/curved seams, narrow facing, overlocking/serging and general dress fitting

one simple, sleeveless, semi-loose fitting dress pattern (I used vogue 9117)


Vogue 9117 

2 – 3 metres of stash fabric (I used 3 metres of Liberty Tana lawn)

overlocker (serger)

sewing machine


roll hem foot

a free afternoon/evening


Check flat pattern measurements. Go down 2 sizes from recommended, as usual.

Follow pattern instructions until  binding armhole section

Realise dress straps are way too narrow and reveal too much bra. as designed!

Sew armhole facings on but don’t turn under, therefore giving more coverage. They may be a bit loose, but no one will notice.

get the roll hem foot out. Sigh. Wrangle with long hem until it submits. Vow to use foot more often



Do you manage your sewing or does it manage you?

Ever have that feeling?

You want to make a gift for a family member or friend. You have promised yourself you’ll make them something soon, as they’re so complimentary about your work.

You have also just seen a brilliant new knitting pattern in your new Rowan magazine that would look fabulous with a skirt you made recently.

That fabric you ordered online last week has just arrived, this morning,  too and it’s absolutely gorgeous. You have just the pattern for it.

And you still have 4 work-in-progress projects to finish!