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A day at the Island, with the Toronto skyline behind me. 

Happy New Year! I’m always amazed by how fast time flies! I certainly sew more often then it appears on this blog, and I hope to play some catch up to share more of my self-made wares in 2016.

Toronto has just started to get it’s share of cold weather, and I’m missing the summer warmth!  Last summer I spent July 4th on the Toronto Island celebrating the wedding of my good friends Alyssa & Adrian.  They cleverly rebranded the day as their Day of Codependence.  So, dependable Flora & I made our way to the pier and caught the boat to the Island for a beautiful evening of love!

I always enjoy sewing patterns by By Hand London.  I somehow feel as if they were made just for me!  As soon as I finished stitching up the bodice and straps, I tried it on and it fit like a glove (a body glove, I suppose..)

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I was a little unsure about the asymmetrical hemline, but now I quite like it. I think it adds a little je ne sais quoi.  It is very flowy and has nice movement when I’m walking, or going down a flight of stiars.

The fabric is some lovely Tana Lawn, Liberty of London’s Baby Rainbow that I picked up from The Workroom.

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This delightful Flora dress came together so easily, I really recommend that you try it out if it’s on you sew list.

Here are some photos from Alyssa’s big day!  They are of me and my Posse of great friends 🙂

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The Posse at lovely Alyssa’s wedding. Photo by Bongopix.

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Photo courtesy of Vonnell Law

Alyssa's wedding - Emily 1

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Alyssa's wedding - Emily 6

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Alyssa's wedding - Emily 8

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Alyssa's wedding - Emily 10

Photo courtesy of Vonnell Law

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My cat Beauty, ready for her close-up!

Hope to be back soon to share some more of my sewn creations.  Until then I’ll be checking out everyone else’s beautiful makes!

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So, I’m taking part in Sew Colette, the Colette Sewing Handbook sew-along.  I’m kind of behind their schedule… (I have a feeling I’m going to be fashionably late for all of the five projects!)  The up side for being a bit behind is that I can read about how everyone else gets along with their projects and see some photos of the finished product, and hopefully get a heads up about any challenges that may lurk before me.  Last week the group already moved on to the Pastille dress, but I have finally finished my Meringue skirt so I want to share!

Tracing and cutting out pattern pieces onto freezer paper for Colette's Meringue skirt

One of the reasons it took me a while to get going on this skirt is that I took my time going through the first part of the Colette Sewing Handbook, reviewing all the sewing and dressmaking basics.  When it came to cutting out patterns, usually I would trace a pattern onto tracing paper and then pin it to my fabric in order to cut out the pieces.  This time, though, I tried out one of Sarai’s suggestions and I traced the pattern onto freezer paper, so that I could just Iron the pieces onto the fabric for a more precise cut.  This didn’t really end up working for pieces that are meant to be cut on the fold, because the bottom fabric can shift really easily.  I think it would work really well with patterns that have pieces not on the fold though.

I had some fit problems in the (ahem…) derriere.  There were diagonal lines on the backside of the skirt and the Colette Sewing Handbook categorizes this as (and I quote) a “protruding derriere.”  I couldn’t find really clear instructions about how to

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alter the pattern for this particular problem, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to do, but then I stumbled on a post by Julia Bobbin entitled “How to add extra room for your backside – skirt.” This was pretty helpful, but I think there are still some fit problems.

Things I learned through the making of the Meringue skirt:

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– How to alter the pattern to better fit my shape (Thanks you Julia!)

– How to insert an invisible zipper and hook & eye (easier than I thought!)

– Freezer paper does not work so well when cutting on a fold, because the bottom piece is not fixed to the pattern piece and it can slip when cutting.

-and lastly sewing PATIENCE!  I made a muslin first, which is new for me.

In the end, I am pretty happy with how it turned how.  I really like the purple with the pink scallops.  What do you think?  Are you taking part in Sew Colette?

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