Thursday, 22 November 2012

What's On My Sewing Table...


Do you remember that sewing pattern splurge I had a few weeks ago? Well, you'll be pleased to know I've cracked open at least one of them! I originally planned to use a double knit for New Look 6000 after seeing Jane's drop-dead gorgeous - and snuggly - gorgeous and snuggly version. But then the Fabric Godmother (aka Josie) waved her magic wand and sent me this super duper navy polka dot stretch cotton which, let's face it, is rather up my street. So I'm making version E in that, a rather nice, simple shift dress with three quarter length sleeves and turned up cuffs. 

The question is, what colour buttons should I stitch onto the cuffs? Usually I'd go for red with navy, but I've been overdosing on that colour combo recently so wouldn't mind choosing something different. Not white, that would look a bit weird with the white spots in a different size. Mustard yellow? Would that restrict what colour tights and necklace I wear with it? Should I keep them matching or leave them off altogether? Thoughts, please!

And yes, I'm now sewing this dress 15 minutes at a time! It really is turning out to be a manageable (potentially life-changing?!) approach.

As ever, please let me know what's on your sewing table - I'm nosy like that. Oh and if you're reading from the US, happy Thanksgiving!

[Soundtrack: 'Night of the Swallow' by Kate Bush]

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  1. About the buttons... I think pink is very pretty with navy. Just a thought... :)

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    1. Ooh pink... I hadn't thought of that.

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  2. I wouldn't use buttons at all. If you go for a simple shift dress, really make it simple. It opens the options for accessorizing even more.
    I'm working on an oxblood colored jumper with black leather accents. Very Zara-esk but of cause much cheaper. I hope I can get it done till tomorrow so I can pack it for my weekend trip.

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    1. Yeah maybe you're right. Especially as the fabric already has spots all over it - buttons aren't going to add much.

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  3. I love what you did so far. Fabric looks great. I don't know about buttons, I would go for neutral because I like to wear lots of accessories.
    I could try this concept "15 minutes at the time" not just for sewing.

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  4. Oh what a lovely pattern, I must try it!

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  5. Thanks for the lovely words about my dress - I can vouch that it's perfect for 'going out in' at this time of the year. That's so funny, I've also got that navy stretch polka dot fabric from Fabric Godmother! - I've got a pattern up my sleeve for it so will be interested to see how you rate it.
    As for buttons - I say if in doubt go for covered ones. x

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    1. Loving the fabric so far! The stretch makes it so much more accommodating. xx

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  6. I've been resisting that pattern, but with every version I see I weaken!

    If you want neutral, I'd say go with navy buttons. If not, my vote would definitely be mustard, it's a great combo!

    I have skirts on my sewing table. Four in a row - two down, third nearly finished! Suspect the fourth will have to wait until after Christmas though...

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    1. Crikey! That's a lot of skirts

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  7. Hi Tilly, re: the buttons could you make them removable? If you sewed them back to back in pairs you could swap out different colours and then use them like cufflinks are for men's dress shirts!

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  8. P.S. You could maybe use a much smaller, plain flat button on the reverse side of the "cufflink pairs" for reduced bulk (if the reverse side is not visible)? :)

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  9. looking forward to seeing the finished dress... re buttons, a teal/aqua colour would look nice. I am working on a leopard print poly chiffon tunic for my eldest daughter and a sorbetto from the left overs for me!

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    1. Ooh yes... I'm quite into tonal colours at the moment so maybe that's more interesting than red.

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  10. I was literally thinking of breaking open that pattern this morning! Yours is going to be gorgeous. A whole polka dot dress - swoon. And you've introduced me to a new fabric supplier. Thank you, Tilly! Can't wait to see your dress and very impressed by the 15 minute approach. I'll be really interested into how long it takes to sew a dress 15 minutes at a time ie two weeks/three weeks...

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    1. This morning? Karen, your pre-work sewing will never cease to amaze me! xx

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    2. I can't believe you sew before going to work. You are insane!

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    3. Ahem - I should amend that statement. I was THINKING about the pattern, I definitely wasn't doing any ACTUAL sewing!!!

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  11. Tilly you are working your magic with that spotty fabric, I can't wait to see the finished dress.
    How about gold buttons? Having grown up listening to Nirvana I was an original grunge girl who wouldn't be seen dead in anything silver, preferably in the form of lots of chunky rings piled up my fingers. But now I have a new found gold crush, and it goes so beautifully with navy.
    Off now to finish some rather splendid cushions to brighten up my front room.
    xxx

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    1. Hahaha I was the same - I used to wear massive baggy Nirvana/Smashing Pumpkins/Therapy t-shirts from Camden market under my school uniform. Thanks again for the fabric - love it! xx

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  12. I love mustard with navy and am contemplating making a mustard skirt to go with a stripey top and navy healed boat shoes (if that makes sense). But.. if you want to accessorise heaps then probably neutral. On my sewing table at the moment is a wiksten tank in some liberty.

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  13. I think turquoise would look fab :D Love the dress so far, that fabric is pretty :)

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  14. I would go with navy or Claire's idea of interchangeable cufflink style ones.

    I'm currently sewing 2-3 days a week preparing a sample book for my textiles course AND sewing panto costumes for a local theatre. I just bought some lovely soft brown spotty viscose to make myself a floaty dress but I think that will have to wait until Jan.

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  15. Oooh, this is looking very lovely already! The fabric is so pretty and all the variations I've seen of that pattern have been gorgeous!

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  16. That dress is going to be lovely! I would go for fabric covered buttons to match, or plain navy to maximise the accessorisation options.

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  17. That fabric is so lovely! This looking very nice for the moment. For the buttons, I was going to say mustard just before reading you, hehe! Might be restrictive but if they are small enough, I don't think it would matter.
    Can't wait to see the finished dress!

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  18. I love that pattern! I picked it up for $2.50 during a sale at my local fabric shop. The navy dot stretch cotton is utterly fantastic! I would pair it will teal buttons just for fun and contrast.

    Your 15 minutes at a time idea is pure genius!! I have been feeling a little burnt out with sewing lately, due to too much binge sewing, and your plan is the perfect one to revitalize my mojo!

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  19. lovely pattern. i would probably go for silver buttons as a neutral (i don't really do gold). teal would be lovely too. but i love claire's idea of interchangeable ones!

    i am currently procrastinating on starting a pair of junipers (my first trousers - eek!). i have the pattern and the fabric, just need to get started on my muslin and prewash fabric and i am good to go, but can't seem to get started. mst be nervous about the fitting!

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  20. I back gold buttons. Maybe those disc ones with the shank on the back (which I'm sure there's a term for but I can't recall it for the life of me). Or if gold doesn't float your boat then maybe tortoise shell?

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  21. I think a nice bright green button would be smashing!

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  22. Oh spooky! I'm making this too. View E and in double knit! I was also inspired by Jane. I have red double knit for my muslin and aubergine knit for my proper dress.
    I'd say teal buttons or maybe gold?

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    1. Lovely! Double knit is quite easy to fit so fingers crossed your muslin turns out to be wearable too.

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  23. Oh! Polka dot dress!!
    You rejected white but I would suggest to find the buttons the same size as the dot.

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  24. i have to second the turquoise and mustard suggestions. and if you could swing a way to make them interchangeable, that would increase the customization options! so that moment when you really want the dress to have red buttons (which i'm assuming may happen ;) ), you can easily switch them out! that may be pie in the sky, but it would be fun if it worked

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  25. I'd use wooden buttons. But then, I'd put wooden buttons on everything if I could.

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  26. Ooh that dress is going to look amazing! I think a hot pink goes really well with navy :-)

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  27. Great dress Tilly!! How much material did you use as your material choicde is 140m wide? Look forward to seeing the finished product :-)

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    1. Good question - not sure actually. Not that much - it's a shift dress so not too many pieces.

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    2. Thanks. I love the dress and may fancy making it myself but will waiit to see how you get on wih the dress :-)

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    3. Typing too fast by the looks of it LOL!!

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  28. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it is done! As for the buttons, the colour wheel would indicate that either colours nearby (maybe a light blue or a violet?) or contrasting colours (bright orange!), would be most aesthetically pleasing!

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    1. Nice ideas, and not ones I'd thought of...

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  29. I'm making a first version of so Zoe's free vest pattern from a thrifted CK cotton modal men's T in baby blue.

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  30. I love your fabric! As for buttons, I would go with navy, so more things could go with the dress - but I'm not very imaginative that way. On my sewing table is a New Look dress pattern, I think it might be 6723. Good luck with the rest of your dress. :)

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  31. This pattern is high on my to-sew list, with some green polka dot polyester I bought in Birmingham. I just bought a polka dot pencil dress the other day (navy) and it convinced me that I need another one in my life!

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  32. Gorgeous fabric. Yellow would be very chic (mustard or sunshine) but yeah it might limit what you could wear with it. How about white to match the polkas?

    I'm working on 2 things - a robe Sureau (as part of the deer and doe sewalong) and the skirt version of simplicity 2215 - in polka dots too!

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  33. How about clear buttons with a little etched design for some interest. Subtle, but a curiosity.

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  34. I think the yellow is a good choice. And I also want to add that I don't think it will restrict what you wear with it. It's always cool to see someone wearing an unexpected pop of color. That said I would also recommend a smaller button; think dainty. Happy sewing and looking forward to seeing the finished project no matter what you decide.

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  35. I wouldn't use buttons at all ...It will be beautifull whatever you decide :)

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  36. I'm working on a lolita-style knee lengh skirt with two layers of ruffles, out of two complimentary purple halloween quilting cottons. Normally I don't like the drape of quilting cottons on clothing, but as it is a full, ruffly skirt (and I will likely wear it with a petticoat), I think the lack of drape might actually be an asset. Mostly I just couldn't resist injecting a little halloween into my everyday wardrobe though, haha.

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  37. I'm intrigued! Can't wait to see the finished product. As for the buttons, I agree with Fabric Godmother, Kiki, thesecretlifeofseams and Almondrock -- I think it calls for gold! :-)

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  38. It's got Tilly written all over it! And will be beautiful for sure. Never ask me what buttons... mostly red or sometimes orange will be the answer! ;-)

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  39. So far, it looks great! The pattern look really good. Looking forth to see the final version. I think I would go for white buttons, or even grass green... just for the sake of trying something different (really, if it was me sewing the dress, I would probably go for the red...). Inspiring, I just got 3 new ideas for sewing projects... :)

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  40. That is a super pattern, I might have to get it for myself. I would be really tempted to put rickrack around the sleeves... I'm really into rickrack right now, but I know it would make it less neutral-everyday! I am trying to finish off a Hanukkah gift for my friend, and I have less than two weeks to finish it! Aaugh.

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  41. Hey Tilly, how about buttons with a touch of silver and gold. Just silver, or just gold, doesn't sound like fun.And then your accessories could have tiny hints of silver and gold running through.

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  42. I've made that dress :) I made view B in a stretch suit fabric, but I love the spots!

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  43. Orange. Orange and navy. It's totally Scandi. Do it, Tilly. Do it.

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