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Sew Over It Spotty Anderson Blouse

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

I bought the Anderson Blouse pattern as soon as I received the email from Sew Over It announcing it’s release. I haven’t sewn as much as normal the last few weeks so this has been sewn in small chunks of time but was finally finished yesterday, Sunday, and worn to lunch at my Mom and Dad’s house. I took these photos in my Mom and Dad’s garden; I should have gotten a wider shot so you could see how much neater their garden is than mine, where I normally photograph my makes;)

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

The fabric used is a gorgeous medium-weight polyester Black and Cream spotted crepe from Minerva Crafts. The fabric has a lot of body and weight, and would work really well for a fitted dress or full skirt. The fabric did fray so I finished all seams on my overlocker. I love the scale of the spots. This fabric was very easy to work with and has a lovely sheen on the right side, which you can kind of see in the photos.

There’s a lot of fabric in this pattern which is emphasised by the heavy fabric. I’m really happy with it, but if you wanted a less substantial looking blouse you’d need to use a lightweight fabric. Minerva allow you to search only lightweight crepes which should be perfect, or of course it would look great in a silk.

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

I made a straight size 8 and found the fit good for me without changes except at the front cross over. I tried the blouse on with the front pieces pinned in place where they are supposed to overlap and the result was indecent;) I increased the overlap by having the front edges meet the side seams. The result is probably a bit more modest than intended but now means I don’t need to wear a vest underneath / be paranoid about flashing.

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

I made a couple of other changes to the blouse. I gathered across the full length of the shoulders seams (up to the seam allowance) as opposed to between the notches. I also slightly altered the method for attaching the back neckline band – attaching it using a standard bias binding method.

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

I used two vintage buttons, purchased in a charity shop, on the cuffs.

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

Here’s what the blouse looks like untucked. Not too bad, but I prefer it tucked in.

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse in Spotty Crepe

In addition to photographing my blouse, Phil managed to get a few pictures of Rupert (my brother and his partner’s miniature dachshund).

Rupert the Dachshund

Rupert the Dachshund

Disclaimer: I was provided with 2 metres of spotty crepe fabric by Minerva Craft; all opinions expressed are my own.


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Mustard Crepe Joan Dress, Plus Giveaway

Sew Over It Joan Dress in Mustard Crepe

I was really thrilled to be asked by Sew Over It to help pattern test their new pattern the Joan Dress. The version shown here was made using the test version of the pattern. I graded between an 8 at the bust, and 10 at the waist and hips.

Sew Over It Joan Dress in Mustard Crepe

The design is a vintage-inspired wiggle dress, named after Mad Men bad ass, Joan. I don’t regularly sew vintage or vintage inspired patterns, but I love them! The very first garment I made, outside of school, was a vintage dress. I do however sew lots of indie patterns, so a vintage-inspired indie pattern is perfect for me:)

I have a bad habit to rush through sewing projects, so I really enjoyed that this dress encourages slow sewing. Not only because it is lined, but also because it includes lots of lovely details, including that adorable collar and six darts. There is also some hand sewing involved, which I know not everyone enjoys, but I do as it allows me to sew while sat on the sofa with Phil of an evening. Much more social than sewing alone at my machine.

Sew Over It Joan Dress in Mustard Crepe

This was my very first time sewing a kick pleat, and I actually made a dumb mistake when I first ‘finished’ making the dress – I sewed the kick pleat on the outside. Alex at Sew Over It pointed me to their kick pleat tutorial which I found really helpful and would recommend as a general guide to sewing a kick pleat for any pattern. It looks much neater sewn on the inside;p

The lovely big kick pleat means that this dress is actually pretty practical despite being fitted, although I do need help with the top of the zip as I can’t quite reach up with the dress on.

Sew Over It Joan Dress in Mustard Crepe

I made the dress in a Mustard Crepe supplied by Sew Over It. The fabric has a beautiful colour, weight and drape.The colour is most accurately represented in the photo below. I couldn’t bear waiting until the weekend to get some photos and blog about the dress, but sadly it’s already dull by the time I get home from work now, so the other photos are slightly washed out. The dress is lined with a nude rayon, which worked really well as it doesn’t show through at all (a darker lining would). I fancy trying the dress is a wool next. I love that the Sew Over It website allows you to search suitable fabric for each of their patterns, and they have some lovely wool fabrics suggested for the Joan Dress.

Sew Over It Joan Dress in Mustard Crepe

Lovely as this crepe is, it was a trickier sew than making the dress in a wool as it shows every crease, and easing the sleeves in was fiddly. I redid the sleeve heads and I still have some puckers!

Sew Over It Joan Dress in Mustard Crepe

Now for the giveaway!

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Sew Over It have provided an extra copy of the paper pattern to give away! All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post. Let me know your all time favourite TV show for beautiful clothing – is it Mad Men, or do you have another favourite? Twin Peaks is a favourite of mine, Audrey always looks superb. The giveaway is open internationally and please make sure to include your email address in your comment if it is not easily available in your profile. The giveaway is open until midnight on Monday 05th October, after which I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce it on the blog.

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Sew Over It (not) Silk Cami

Sew Over It Silk Cami

You know that misconception that people who don’t sew have that sewing your own clothes is really cheap? Well this is one of those examples where it is true! Sew Over It’s Silk Cami only uses a tiny amount of fabric so I managed to scrape this project out of the scraps left over from my recent Kimono project. I also received the pattern free with a recent issue of Mollie Makes magazine (issue 44), the magazine is still on sale if you get in quick or you can purchase the PDF pattern from Sew Over It. The fabric is a John Kaldor polyester so not a silk (as suggested by the pattern name) but it has the required drape to work with this pattern.

Sew Over It Silk Cami

I love quick and easy sewing projects. Due to not having enough fabric left to cut out facings I actually simplified this pattern even further, scrapping the facings in favour of rolling the edges of the neckline and armholes and hand-stitching in place. I’ve actually developed a bit of an addiction for hand-stitched hems lately, everything I make is getting a hand-stitched hem at the moment regardless of how necessary it is. I’m going to claim this is due to hand sewing being relaxing, but it may also be due to the fact that I can do my hand-sewing while sitting on the sofa in front of the TV as opposed to having to walk all the way upstairs to my sewing machine…

Sew Over It Silk Cami