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Monday, 14 April 2014

Dress No 2 ...in Seville!

My second dress in Seville! I call it my bridge dress. I cut the pattern myself, it's in the style a old favourite of mine which is a bit tatty. I'm happy with it all except the side pockets which I could have managed better.
I love the print and I'm really happy with the detail that I included.
When making a garment it's often the tiny details that stand it aside from a mass produced garment or make it feel like it was bought from a more expensive brand. Think about the little often subtle differences that more expensive clothes have that the super cheep ones don't...and then try and put them into your design.
Or make your garment more individual / something that no-one else will be wearing, it's all in the detail!
I often like to include a contrasting coloured zip, contrasting facings/ linings sometimes they're not  even seen, or are so subtle. A nice touch is a contrasting binding used to add weight to a hem. A little flash might be seen when you sit down.

The middle picture is a little bit of binding on the inside rolled and ironed in place so as to let a little bit show, it looks a little like piping.
The bottom one the binding around the hem, showing the underside.

And now in Seville!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Three days three dresses in Seville

Seville in the Spring... orange blossom, sunshine, shady squares, sangria and flamenco, oi la!!
It's a beautiful city and so much to see.
I took with me three dresses that I had made over the last month.
The first one I made I used a Colette pattern, Macaron. The fabric was a 5% stretch cotton in a plain royal blue with a patterned cotton contrasting top from the Organic Cotton Company. I managed to cut it from 70cm of the plain and about the same for the contrast. I did some super jiggling of the pattern laying and put some extra seams in the facing!

The pattern was lovely to follow and I was really pleased with the results, I've been wearing it in the shop with black opaque tights and a cardi so it was the first time my legs have been out! I think it's a great Spring dress.
...and I do love a dress with pockets... that should become my catch phrase!  The stretch in the skirt is just enough for a really comfortable wear.

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Flo-jo Boutique is the creative baby of Delia and Erika two seamstresses from Bristol specialising in lingerie and vintage styled garments. Designers of sewing kits and creators of sewing parties their shop in Bristol and online shop are home to a gorgeous range of quality fabrics and haberdahsery, craft kits, books and handmade gifts.