I’m sewing today.
That’s right party people. It’s the return of tiny house print! Many, many months after I found the world’s cutest Japanese voile at Spotlight it has been dredged up from the stash… I present THE TINY HOUSES!
Considering this frock is actually a wearable muslin I’m rather happy with how it turned out. This was a complete stash buster project. Shocking, I know. I can hear the gasps now- tiny houses are not for stash busting! They are for adorable little summer tops and the like. But, gentle reader, I must admit to being on a stash clearing rampage lately. I picked up a big chunk of fabulous fabric on my trip to the States *cough* needed a new suitcase *cough* and as a result I’m using older bits and bobs to make muslins before I hack into the good stuff. Hence, tiny house muslin.
So let’s talk patterns, shall we? I actually bought Cynthia Rowley 1873 several weeks before I headed over to the States and whilst I was there picked up the most amazing silk to make the cute party dress on the packet. Just like making the epic cape, I am experiencing fabric cutting fear so I thought I’d try this sucker out before I start in on the good stuff. And I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the results. So happy in fact I tried a cancan dance. In the wind. With a poplin skirt. Fail…
What I liked about this pattern:
- The tabs. I’ve started to realise what works on the ol’ bod and for me that is anything that emphasises my waist. Cute as a button tabs with cute buttons on them? I call that an Amanda win!
- The fact I went a size down straight away and worked from there. This may appear a small accomplishment for some but my history of taking the measurements on the packet as gospel has finally been broken. I remembered to look at he finished garment measurements and went from there. Yay, tiny brain!
- The pleats. I wasn’t 100% sold on them but I quite like them. More pleats, please!
- The neat finish inside. I totes learned to slipstitch! And the scary bit- it looks good finished AND I really enjoyed it. Weird, huh?
- Take in fabric on the back centre seam. It’s a wee bit gape-y for my lovely lady shoulders.
- Fit the neckline a bit better. It doesn’t sit quite flat and I feel like it gapes a bit at the front. I’m going to do some googling here and see if I can work out how to attack this.
- Finish the inside properly. I was slack on this and didn’t even change the overlocker threads. I’m going to be all fancy like next time, I swear!
- Get the right size self-covered buttons next time. You don’t want to rush these things.
That’s a great dress you have there. Good thinking to add the tabs. They really do make your waist smaller and it’s cute. Always a plus!
Looks great on you! Love the tiny houses 🙂
Thanks, Melizza! I’m rather happy with it- the tabs are my fave bit by far 😀
Thanks, Suzy! Tiny houses are seriously rad- so glad I picked it up 🙂
I love it! tiny houses…tabs…closer fit…slip stitch of beauty…perfect! And can I say that I might just be adding the can can to my repertoire. 🙂
Thats adorable! You look like a very naughty book character!
Jess Judkins says
I can not believe you made this!!! Your absolutely adorable and I would totally wear that!
Sew Lonnie says
How excellent is that fabric?! Nice work, looks fab.
How cute is this!!!!!! All the effort paid off!!!!
Thanks, Leila! Every sewing lady needs a cancan of radness!
I love it, Pinky! Best. Description. Ever.
Awww, thanks Jess! We all need tiny house dresses!
I love the fabric too, Lonnie! Who would have thought spotlight could have such gems?
Thanks, Neeno! It took a ways but it turned out fab 😀
Cute little houses belong to fashion, not the stash! This dress is absolutely wearable! BTW, I am so jealous of your epic Milano cape 😉
I totes agree, Inna! Tiny houses for all and sundry 😀 And thanks- my cape is one of my proudest makes ever!
This is certainly adorable! Yes, yes, and yes!
Thanks, Maddy! I am quite enamoured with my village dress!