Monday, April 21, 2014

Refashion: Polka Dot skirt to Tee

Simple gathered skirts are a great source of fabric for refashioning...

Once you remove the waistband lay the fabric flat, just look how much there is to play with...essentially a very wide tube of fabric...

To create this top I simply folded the tube in half...

When I have a slippery fabric like this (a very light drapey polycotton) I sometimes find it tricky to get a double fold. The under layer will slip and slide and flop about. To overcome this I fold over my metre rule which acts to butt the underneath fold right up against the outer fold. Then I gently slide the metre rule out again and place my pattern pretty sharpish, before the fold slips again!

I used the hemlock tee as a base pattern...

and extended the shoulder line to create a grown on sleeve. Exactly as I did here....and here...

cut out....

Pinned...

and sewed along the shoulder and side seams...

I hemmed the sleeves, bias faced the neckline and the hem is original to the skirt (so no sewing required there). I incorporated a couple of side slits in the hem for comfort and ease and I was done :)

Even though I'm not a skirt wearer, I'll always check out the skirt rail in a charity shop. Look for simple skirts gathered into a simple waistband, in a fabric and print you love, and turn it into a cool and comfortable summer top :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dragonfly Fabric's Sponsored Giveaway!

When it comes to buying fabric, nothing beats going into a fabric store and choosing your fabrics, chatting with the owner & staff and plundering their wealth of knowledge about the fabrics they sell. You can pick up lots of tips and advice from the staff in fabric stores because they're usually seasoned stitchers! But unless you are fortunate enough to have a fantastic fabric store locally, (few and far between!) then like me, you are likely to source alot of your fabrics online.

This of course has it's benefits. Not least speed and convenience! But what if you could have both? All the convenience of buying online with the personalised experience of a local fabric shop? Where you can speak directly to the person who actually sources the fabric they sell, knows every product like the back of their hand, and will happily offer up all manner of tips and advice from their extensive experience in sewing and pattern cutting?


One of the things that appeals to me about Dragonfly Fabrics is the fact that it is a small business, run by the perpetually lovely and helpful husband and wife team Dorte & Simon. Simon deals with the photography and business side (he's even offered me some advice on that front :) and Dorte? Well Dorte is someone I would like to interrogate for a full day, at least!  Her background in the garment industry is extensive and includes working as a seamstress and pattern cutter for the likes of  Vivienne Westwood and Hussein Chalayan among others, and more latterley as a sewing tutor.

The business was formed because of what Dorte perceived as a lack of quality dressmaking fabrics available in the online market; and has now expanded to include haberdashery & patterns too (they're very supportive of our fab indie pattern companies too. Big thumbs up there ;). When you look at the range of fabrics they sell, you just know that they have been selected because Dorte loves them.  From jersey, to boiled wool, (Trust me on the boiled wool, it's delicious!) to their extensive range of linens...


In my experience, with Dragonfly Fabrics, not only do you get fabric selected to exacting standards, you get Dorte. You get her advice, tips and answers to any questions you might have. In a nutshell, the kind of personalised experience you'd expect from a small local shop, with all the convenience of shopping online, combined with the knowledge and experience of someone with a fascinating background in the fashion industry....

Mood board from Dragonfly Fabric's Blog
Well the gorgeous Dorte & Simon are offering you the chance to win some of their beautiful fabric, so you can see for yourself what they have to offer. First prize is a £25 voucher and second prize is a £15 voucher. And if you end up not winning either of those then fret not! They are offering ALL readers of this blog 10% off any order by entering the code "DRAGONFLY8" at checkout for the next month! Told you they were lovely didn't I!

To enter the giveaway, simply tell me in the comments section, where you first heard about Dragonfly Fabrics. Magazine advert, fellow sewer, blog etc. And be sure to sign up to their Facebook page or blog to be kept updated on special offers & new arrivals!

Giveaway closes midnight GMT on 1st April. Winners will be contacted via email so be sure to leave some means of contacting you. (Blog, email etc). Discount code expires Midnight GMT on 30th April.

Good Luck!!!

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