Monthly Archives: March 2018

Sew Over It Penny Dress made by HsHandcrafts

Sew Over It Penny Dress

When the Sew Over It Penny dress was released last year as part of the Sew Over It pdf club I snapped it up straight away. However, the Penny dress didn’t really fit into my sewing plans at the time and so I decided to satisfy my urge to buy the pattern anyway and hacked it into a tie front blouse.

As well as sewing, knitting, and all the other crafty hobbies you can think of I also love music and play the piano, clarinet and tenor saxophone. I play in a couple of big bands and often when we play a concert the dress code is all black. Now whilst I have a few outfits that fit this description I really wanted to add a handmade dress to my wardrobe that I could wear for our latest concert. The Penny dress immediately sprung to mind. I had already printed and assembled the pattern for my blouse hack and the skirt length would be perfect so as to not flash the audience whilst sitting down!

I dug out a black poly viscose I bought on Goldhawk road almost a year ago(!) and got to work.

Sew Over It Penny Dress

The Sew Over It Penny dress is a button up shirt dress with a semi circle skirt making it the perfect mix of smart and casual. It is also a really satisfying make as there is all the fun of the button up shirt and collar to keep you intrigued and then that lovely full-bodied skirt allow you to play with so much fabric!

Making the dress

The construction was quite straight forward as I had already figured out the tricky bits like the button placket last time around. My only problem came when cutting out the skirt – despite having a massive sewing table I didn’t have space to lay the pattern piece flat so had to resort to the floor whilst being extremely careful not to cut the carpet!

To make the dress feel a bit more me I decided not to use black buttons but instead used these cute little wooden square shaped buttons that I picked up at the GBSB live show last year. Unfortunately I dont remebr the name of the seller but they had loads of great buttons.

 

The details:

Pattern: Sew Over It Penny Dress

Fabric: Black poly viscose from Goldhawk Road

Notions: Gutermann thread, square wooden buttons

Alterations: None!

The dress was finished just in time for the concert and I felt great being able to combine my two hobbies in this way!

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Sew Over It Penny Dress - made by HsHandcrafts

Agate dress from Named clothing made by HsHandcrafts

Agate dress from named clothing – a sewing pattern review

The Agate dress* from named clothing is the newest addition to my me made wardrobe and its a beauty!

Agate dress by named patterns made by HsHandcrafts

Agate dress from named clothing – a sewing pattern review

Thanks to Minerva crafts I had the opportunity to sew up the beautiful Agate dress pattern* from Named clothing, in some of their gorgeous crepes.

You can read all about what I thought and see all of the pics over on their blog where you will find my full review!

 

The details:

Pattern: Agate Dress* – part of the Earth Science collection from Named Clothing

Fabric:  Peach Linen Polyester Crepe Fabric in black* and Polyester & Viscose Blend Crepe Fabric in grey

Notions: Two invisible zips, lightweight interfacing, Gutermann thread

Alterations: Shortened skirt by 4 inches

I do really love this dress although it is a bit smart for everyday wear. Don’t forget to read my full review and get all the pics over on the  Minerva crafts blog

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HsHandcrafts Agate Dress

HsHandcrafts Agate Dress