Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my good homes post, it really is very special to be able to share my excitement with you all and quite something that you left such sweet and encouraging thoughts.
I went to Oxford Street last week for a lesson on using my new toy. All part of the service apparently, John Lewis really are the tops. This baby was funded partly by the vouchers given to me by the PTA at the end of my stint last summer, some more by my parents for my birthday and the remainder by my OH because he is lovely. My lack of overlocker knowledge has been the main reason for the delay in getting back into dressmaking since the children went back to school. Not any more though! Now that it's out of the box, threaded up and running happily, I decided it was high time for a spot of sewing for me for a change.
Now this fabric was practically a steal; it was sent from an Etsy seller in error and given it came all the way from Japan, she told me not to bother sending it back. So this beauty was a 2 metre freebie and my favourite colour no less! Somehow it wasn't so painful when I reached for the scissors.
I love this fabric. Soft, comfortable fine baby cord feels so good against the skin and I really like the cheery paisley pattern, along with its grey dots and cream background. I adore the pattern too and have to say it felt pretty darned good to sew from some English instructions for a change. For anyone toying with the idea of making an easy dress, this is without doubt a good place to start. Built by Wendy, Simplicity 3835 cannot be more straightforward, it is quick to sew and because of its simple shape there is loads of scope to 'make it your own' as the X-Factor judges would say! For this dress I merged two of the style options, using the blouse for the top half and the dress part for the length. I gave myself a couple of pockets for a change too. If you search through the built by us flickr group, there are a heap of different versions that will inspire. I'll definitely be doing another of these, not only on account of the ease and speedy result, nor for the fact that it only takes a couple of metres but because I know it will be a delight to wear. I just need some warmer weather to do that!!