14 June 2011

What's On My Sewing Table...


Although I had a great time in America, I really did miss my sewing machine! At the weekend I managed to sit down and make significant progress on a Ceylon from Colette Patterns. The fabric is a mystery cotton blend that I picked up at the Walthamstow Fabric Frenzy for £2. It's got a dreamy drape to it, it feels almost fluid, if that makes sense - perfect for this pattern which has gathers and a floaty skirt. I'm thinking of using 1/2" white buttons and adding white piping round the yoke. What do you think?

Just like last time I made a Ceylon dress, I'm aiming to have it finished for a wedding in a couple of weeks' time. The wedding is in a field, with a casual dress code and overnight camping, so this should be perfect for hiding grass stains...

What are you working on at the moment?

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24 comments:

  1. oh thats going to look so pretty! It really is a lovely print. I look forward to seeing the finished product :)

    As its gotten quite chilly down here on Oz I've started on a 40's jacket, but I wish I was sewing summer dresses...

    Happy Sewing!

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  2. I love the fabric and I love the idea of the weeding in the field plus camping. I am not a huge fan of camping but how different for a wedding. I used to work in a bridal shop and this is an idea I have never heard before. Usually it's the bigger the better and all very show-y off-y.
    Have a great time there. Can't wait to see your finished dress.

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  3. oooohhh! That will be sooo pretty!

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  4. Oh what a pretty pattern, and such gorgeous fabric too. I can see this with fine white or hot pink buttons and piping, and the piping would look gorgeous with this style.
    I am about to make a merino top, and am planning a bookcase quilt and a striped silk polonnaise, as well as stays to wear with it. Not much on my sewing table hehehe.

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  5. I absolutely adore that fabric, and what a bargain! I am also currently in the process of making a dress for a wedding, although I am still at the muslin stage. I am stuck on my fabric choice at the moment as the wedding is in Vegas (woop!) so it's going to be hot hot hot...therefore I need something light. Good luck getting your dress done, can't wait to see the finished product! P.S - I love that you have enabled the mobile viewing thingy, I often browse on my iPhone and it makes it so much easier to read!!!

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  6. Kat - I'm glad the mobile view works! I've got a really primitive phone so have no idea what it looks like. If the mobile view ever messes up and looks rubbish, please tell me!

    Bea - I'm not a big camping fan either, but I love weddings so hopefully the excitement of it all will attenuate my grumpiness the next morning.

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  7. That's a lovely pattern. It has a vintage feel to it. The fabric you've chosen will look so nice made up. Can't wait to see the finished dress.

    Living down under it's quite cold now so I'm working on all things winter especially since I need so much more for the me-made challenge.

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  8. I'm sure it will be pretty. I love the pipping detail you want to use.

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  9. This is going to look so lovely Tilly...I've adored this fabric since the first time you blogged about it! Can't wait to see the finished dress! I've been busy churning out Sorbetto Tops (must stop now), but I won't be sewing in the next week as I'll be visitng my family in Cyprus!

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  10. Superb plan: fabric/white piping etc! It's going to be gorgeous!

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  11. White piping will look stunning with that fabric and if it turns out half as well as your first Ceylon it will be gorgeous. I'm on a bit of a Colette patterns fest at the moment. I'm also making a dress for a wedding (Oolong) and I have a Violet blouse cut out and ready to go when that's finished. Good luck, can't wait to see it. x

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  12. Tilly, I have a dress with similar fabric that I am refashioning. It's from the 60's I think. Right now I have a 40's dress and a 80's two piece blouse and skirt. We will see what gets done first.

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  13. This fabric is so pretty and playful - perfect for an outdoor wedding. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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  14. Oooh! Your dress is going to be so cute! I'm currently working on some Beignets! And they are going just swimmingly so far! Yay!

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  15. I love that fabric! And the pattern looks adorable! You will look so lovely!

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  16. This looks like a beautiful fabric for a Ceylon - I'm so looking forward to seeing how you get on with piping it as well!

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  17. That fabric is fabulous! I look forward to seeing the finished dress!

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  18. Oh I love that fabric! I can't wait to see the end result! I just finished a dress for a wedding, an orthodox jewish one, in fact, and the invitation said Black Tie Modest. Kill me. But I think I made something that works....and now I'm working on a skirt and then up next some tops and then who knows? I am keeping a spreadsheet, though!

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  19. Oooh!! Loving the green ... most ingenious of you planning to cover up grass stains ;)
    I'm also making up the muslin for a wedding, also camping in a field! My fabric choice was much less clever - the skulls & roses print I bought at the Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango. Snap for Karen-inspired fabric finds!

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  20. As we're making our 20th move in 30 years of marriage-- this one to Manila, Philippines-- all my FUN is in a box named CRAFTS, #6. However, I am embroidering all the signatures on the tablecloth we set out at my daughters' April 9 wedding instead of a (boring ol') Guest Book. About a dozen sentiments left, this project can easily accompany me in the van, in an airport and on a plane.

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  21. The fabric is lovely and I think any white contrast, buttons, or piping, will make a nice fresh looking summer frock.

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  22. That is going to be one pretty dress! I love that fabric and like the idea of the white buttons and piping. If you don't use white, I'd definitely use pink. :)

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  23. Thanks for all the encouraging comments, y'all. I'm looking forward to seeing the lovely creations you're working on.

    Kelley - what?! Wow! You're embroidering all those signatures - that's amazing! What a lovely idea.

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  24. very pretty fabric I'm sure it'll be brill when it's finished.
    how fab a wedding in a field, different but it'll be memorable non the less!!

    I'm working on a shift dress but I've got an urge to make a tailored style jacket instead lol!

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