25 June 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...


Summer dress time! I'm making Simplicity 0331 designed by Cynthia Rowley, view A. It's a fairly loose fitting casual-ish dress with gathering at the yoke, bust, waist... pretty much all over the place in fact, and the all-important side seam pockets for carrying essential sweeties. The swallow print fabric is courtesy of the Fabric Godmother. Gah! I just can't stop swooning over it! Crafter cliché-fulfilling bird print? Tick. Super soft and drapey? Tick. Most beautiful blue I think I've ever seen? Tick tick tick! It's like staring into the sky on a beautiful Summer's day... albeit with a Hitchcockian number of birds in the sky... um... on second thoughts that's a bit freaky, so let's just call it abstract rather than realist.

What's on your sewing table, please?

[Soundtrack: 'Scarecrow' by Beck]

53 comments:

  1. Ooo same fabric I used for the recent PJ Party! It is indeed very soft and lovely to work with.

    My sewing table? Ummm I'm between projects so it's clean, tidy and vacant of project mess until I decide what to start next!

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  2. On My sewing table- is an miniskirt and a colette top. I have just bought your Mathilde blouse and that will be on my table this evening !! :)

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  3. I agree that is truly gorgeous fabric! And I really like that pattern too. I look forward to seeing how yours turns out and then perhaps that pattern will go onto my shopping list :D

    I can't decide what should go onto my sewing table next, perhaps a skirt or another dress? I am off to check out a craft sale with my nan and then when I get back I will make a decision and get back to work. Happy sewing
    Hannah from madewithhugsandkisses.com

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  4. That is seriously jealousy-making fabric right there - that'll be a perfectly lovely summer dress!

    My sewing table has an 80% complete dress (Burda's Kristen dress, with some hard-to-find purple Echino fabric from ages ago), two blouses cut out and ready to assemble, a t-shirt experiment in colour-blocking and stripes, and a muslin for a Negroni for my boyfriend (also cut out and ready to assemble. but i'm afraid of the plackets, so this might get pushed off again).

    I'm a bit of an ADD sewist, I must admit

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  5. Yes, let's keep the fabric abstract and not Hitchcockian. Unfortunately, nothing is on my sewing table right now. I'm still working on grading/creating the pattern for the jumper. Creating PDF patterns is still new to me and I'm learning with every step.

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  6. I just saw someone make up pyjamas in that fabric, it's darling! I've got this lurking in my to-sew pile as well, only I'm going to attempt it in jersey.

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  7. Lovely print! And Cynthia Rowley Patterns are fantastic (this one looks super cute!)I'm working on a skirt from "Sew Serendipity".

    I can't wait to see your finished dress!

    Trish

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  8. my sewing table is an unholy mess! no sewing has taken place for months! I must fix this - you've reminded me that I've got that same pattern, which I'd earmarked for this summer!

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  9. Gorgeous blue and birds! Those two are my favorites, I'm in love. Can't wait to see it finished! I'm sewing for my little cousins right now: a new backpack for kindergarten and a summer strawberry romper. Then hopefully some things for me!

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  10. Oh my goodness- I love that fabric!! So so cute. My sewing table has some light emerald green rayon challis sitting on it waiting to be cut into a loose blouse.

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  11. I love the colour of your fabric!! It is soo enchanting and it just says summer. Right now I am working on a wax print princess seam peplum top which I self drafted with the base of another pattern.

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  12. That looks lovely. Looking forward to seeing the finished result. Nothing on my sewing table at the moment. Have just finished making a Minoru jacket which I will blog about but I have other commitments that are taking priority to sewing at present!

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  13. Oh! I can't wait to see yours. I've had that pattern on my to-make-soon list and need to get on it! I've hesitated to make it since I'm high waisted with bust and waist two different sizes. I have no idea where to make my adjustment. Must think on that a bit. It's an adorable style.

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  14. Hi Tilly love this fabric it is just heavenly and the dress is swish. Can't wait to see it finished, know it will look just gorgeous. I had a go at the first dress you made, the blue spotty one from New Look - have never made a dress before but you encouraged me to have a go and I went to a sewing class and finished it in a weekend - it was hard work! Lauren chose the fabric for me when I was at the shop on a beginners workshop making a pinny. Am looking forward to making another one but a bit afraid of going solo! Love your blog, lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxx

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  15. I was intending to buy this fabric for a dress and then I missed the boat and it had all gone - the dress is going to look wonderful!

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Oooh! I bought this pattern a couple of months ago when it was on sale and have yet to crack it open. Maybe I should try this pattern next. Right now, I'm finishing another Cambie dress.

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  17. Really cute! I love this print! I'm working on the Deer & Doe Reglisse dress pattern in a nice cotton voile.

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  18. Lovely dress Tilly, I've almost finished New Look 6183, just waiting for a zip. Then I'mgoing to be brave and attempt my first pair or trousers, Colette Clovers. Wish me luck

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  19. Oh! I have that pattern in my stash! Let me know how it goes!

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  20. Looking good! Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. So pretty, love that color and print! I just finished up an Oliver + S "ice cream dress" in an African wax print fish design for my three-year-old daughter and making some knit tops and dresses for myself next.

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  22. I've just finished a set of jersey pyjamas (black PJ pants, and a periwinkle-coloured tank-top/vest-style top with hidden support; self-drafted!); I have a shirtdress on the go, which is from an original 1950's pattern, but I'm also planning to cut out a simple summer dress tonight, from some gorgeous Liberty peacock-feather print fabric tonight. Good thing my sewing table is roomy!

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  23. That fabric's gorgeous! Currently making a Colette Hawthorn blouse in a lovely Melissa White print - nearly finished, can't wait to see how it comes out.

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  24. wow, i have the same fabric but dark blue with cream swans for my mathilde blouse that i am planning to make next yipeeeeeeeeeee

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  25. That fabric is wonderful! It's a great choice for the pattern too. Looking forward to seeing the finished article!

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  26. Looking forward to seeing the finished dress, the fabric looks awesome! I am currently working on a sleeveless version of Gertie's wiggle dress in silk (dark blue with red polkadots) and a (hopefully) wearable muslin for the Maritime shorts from Grainline Patterns.. So quite a bit of work ahead of me :)

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  27. i made a picnic blanket skirt on saturday as my first attempt at clothes making! unfortunately the gathering didn't go well and i was left with rather unsightly bulges on the waistband...have you any tips on how to sew the material in place?
    Beth, 17

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  28. On my sewing table is your Mathilde top pattern! And some gorgeous green Liberty print roses in muted greens. My first proper sewing project for a loooong time. Wish me luck!

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    1. P.S. That blue dress will look gorgeous with a slick of bright red lippy. Ruby woo perhaps?

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  29. Lovely fabric and lovely pattern. Looking forward to seeing the finished article - no doubt you will do a beautiful job. Just a little bit of handsewing in my basket at the moment. Something soothing that I don't need to think about is all I can manage right now.

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  30. I just checked out the fabric godmother site and now I wish I hadn't because now I want one of everything!! So many amazing fabrics there, including the one you picked. Can't wait to see your dress finished! It's going to be beautiful :)

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  31. Oh cute dress, though I'd better finish the Cynthia Rowley skirt I started before Christmas before I start anything else!

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  32. Put a bird on it!! That is the most beautiful shade of blue. I'm working on altering a 60s bikini pattern before I sew it up in... leopard!!!

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  33. That pattern looks amazing and your fabric is gorgeous - Hitchcockian print may be freaky but it is still kinda cool! On my sewing table I currently have a pair of thurlow shorts, an archer shirt and a blazer. Is that too much? I probably should get sewing instead of reading blogs...

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  34. Just finished my first dress in a pale yellow linen and about to start a Washi dress by madebyrae. Wish me luck with my second project

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  35. I'm working a vintage inspired playsuit and I am making it out of 60s sheets I found at an estate sale. What a lovely bird print fabric!

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  36. This fabric is so pretty, and so it the pattern. Is it a cotton lawn? I have just finished my Picnic Blanket Skirt which I need to blog, and now on my sewing table is a pencil skirt from the sewing bee book in Michael Miller/Sarah Jane 'Out to Sea' fabric hopefully to be completed in time for a wedding I am attending on a ship at the weekend. http://instagram.com/p/bA52VJh8kc/ I took your advice on lining cottons and am very proud that I managed to insert the lining without too much hassle.

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  37. That looks like a great pattern and the bird fabric is gorgeous. I have just finished a summer dress made from a French pattern - I found the instructions very 'minimalist'! - and took up the hem of a dress I made about 6 years ago. Either I've shrunk with age or hemlines have gone up slightly - I'm hoping it's the latter. I have a gypsy blouse in navy and white gingham ready to be elasticated and now I patiently await the sun so that I can wear all these summery creations! In the meantime, I have a quilt top to finish piecing. Probably got some more WIPs hanging about too - I know there are at least 2 pairs of knickers waiting for me to perfect the art of attaching lingerie elastic. Well, you did ask!

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  38. That fabric is utterly, utterly gorgeous.

    At the moment, my sewing table is covered in snaps, interfacing and trim as I try to figure out how to make a belt. I can't wait until I'm better at sewing and I'll be able to actually make my own clothes!

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  39. This is very much like a pattern I just bought (Simplicity?). I have the fabric, but haven't got to it yet. Yours looks great, Tilly, can't wait to see it on you.

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  40. Love that fabric! And the pattern... I like all of the Cynthia Rowley Patterns :)

    I am planning on sewing a bikini for me and swim trunks for my husband this weekend :) Don't usually sew for guys, but we both need swimsuits!

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  41. OOh my i have a lot on my sewing table! But right now i am concentrating on suit jacket and mini skirt from some navy polka dot fabric. I think then I will move onto something easy like a baby blanket!

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  42. Very beautiful fabric look forward to seeing the finished piece.

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  43. Can't wait to see it finished! I'm sure it will be lovely. I am cleaning my sewing room right now so I have a number of projects just waiting and taunting me to start them. It has been a while since I've had the time to sew so I'm getting the itch!

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  44. That pattern and fabric are gorgeous. I've just finished a self drafted dungaree dress for my teen daughter, but have on my desk, a self drafted circle skirt, again for my daughter, Vogue V8577 for me cut out and ready to go, plus I've just printed off the new Hawthorn by Collette. I like to be busy! :)

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  45. Twist front dress!! http://www.sewbox.co.uk/sewing-patterns/hot-patterns/hot-patterns-1138-metropolitan-verano-dress-tops.html

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  46. Oh I love your fabric - this dress is going to be amazing! I really admire your skill, I find sewing very hard but I do want to learn!

    Nikki x

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  47. I just traced Colette's Hawthorn dress pattern, but it's going to have to sit for a bit, because my sewing table is piled up with mending projects.

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  48. Hi Tilly. Have total fabric envy. I'm fed up with my sewing table. Was making a dress in red peach skin, but was using a vintage pattern and made some errors in scaling down... So Ive been letting out all the seams. Am sad now. So think I will be putting that to one side for a bit and cheering myself up with a pencil skirt in some flamingo print cotton!

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  49. I love that fabric and think it will look just lovely in that dress pattern. i actually used this fabric (or something very similar) in a 1920s Beach Pajamas that I sewed recently. http://gjeometry.com/2013/06/04/great-gatsby-make-the-cats-pajamas-one-giant-leap-for-womankind/

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  50. Goodness that pattern is next on my list! If I can ever finish the dress I've been working on since January. Some projects.

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