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Very Cherry Wiggle Dress

So how gorgeous is this Fabric?

As soon as I saw it I imagined myself in something that made me look all glamorous 1950s housewife

It’s beautifully bright coloured, the red cherries really pop and I love the navy back ground. For me it’s the perfect fabric for something with a vintage look. It’s a lovely versatile weight so the world is your oyster in terms of creating a distinctive garment for your wardrobe.

I’m very much a beginner at this sewing business (all be it an adventurous one!). Whatever I decided to make would be the fourth thing I’d ever made. I didn’t think I was ready to tackle a dress with lots of netting underneath so I went with a wiggle dress, all while picturing myself wearing it with some big sunglasses, heels and drinking a G and T.

I hadn’t washed the fabric for the three garments I’d made previous to this because I didn’t realise how important this step is! I’m not really a patient person so this step really annoys me but if you’re going to spend your hard earned pennies on new fabric it’s really a must. This fabric was such an easy iron though, making that stage much less of a chore!

I chose to sew the Simple Sew ‘Loretta Jewel Neck Dress’. As the packet promised ‘Beginner’. I’d already made a skirt with a zip and was pretty sure I’d mastered darts so how hard could this be?!

It was a really simple pattern to follow with good basic instructions that don’t blind you with lots technical words and too many written instructions. There are two versions of the dress; one with and one without sleeves. I chose the sleeveless version.

It was quite tricky to get the interfacing around the neck and armholes to behave and stay tucked under so I sewed a line of top stitching in red around the edge. I could have stitched it down by hand but I like this little touch.

I wish I’d have been able to get a red zip from my local haberdashery. I think that would have looked really good. They only had navy or a weird green that didn’t quite go in the length I needed. I’m not massively happy with the neatness of my zip sewing and it really should be placed a bit lower but I think I might be the only one who notices.

Even on the hanger this dress fabric got some oohs and ahhs! My mum has put in an order for a skirt in the same fabric and my friend is begging me to make her the same dress!

This was a super quick make and a good dress to whizz up if you need something for a night out or special occasion. The fabric will be the perfect weight in the warmer weather to come and when it drops cooler it won’t look out of place teamed with a cute jacket or shawl.

This fabric is so comfortable to wear. It’s got a soft feel without feeling thin so I don’t feel I need to go to the trouble of lining the dress.

The pattern on this fabric does make you feel quite sassy! I feel a bit like an old movie star in it or an extra from Grease!

Thanks for reading,

Sam @this_mum_can

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