Dressing Up

Earlier this year my little old sewing machine decided it had had enough. "No more" it cried. What was I to do but buy a new one :)

After reading (a lot) of brochures and reviews I plumped for the Brother Innov-is 350 Special Edition and it's great. There are loads of stitches but the best feature so far has to be the thread cutter. Saves loads of time. It even sews on buttons!

We were lucky enough to be invited to a late summer wedding and with my shiny new sewing machine I decided to attempt a whole new outfit.

Pattern and fabric

The pattern I chose looked simple enough for me to follow and as soon as I saw the pink and blue butterflies I knew I'd found my fabric.

Tilly and the Buttons is a great source of information for a novice sewer like me. I took her advice and washed and ironed the fabric. I bought a tracing wheel and some dressmakers carbon and began marking out the pattern. Making the first cut was a real heart pounding moment and a whole evening was spent carefully cutting out the pieces.

Sewing close up

Instructions were read, re-read and meticulously followed.

Gathered neckline

The new sewing machine did me proud ...

Button back

... and within a few days I had a dress. A dress made by me. It's not perfect, but I love it :)

Dress side with belt

I'd spotted Paulina Popiolek's shawls on Ravelry before and thought 'What could I wear with one of those?' Well, now I have a dress!

I settled on the Miss Elliot shawl and have wanted to try the Rowan Summerspun yarn for ages. Luckily for me, the colour Greenwich was a perfect match for my fluttering butterflies.

Shawl curved edge

I really enjoyed the pattern. The bottom band of the shawl is knit first, and then the stitches along the side are picked up and the remainder of the shawl is knit using short rows.

Shawl side close up

Time was a little tight so my shawl travelled with me on holiday to France and then up into the Dales.

Blocking shawl

I was knitting in every spare moment and finished this 2 days before the big day so just had time to wash and block.

Finished shawl and dress

Done. Phew!

Sari Ribbon bag

My Sari Ribbon Bag was the perfect glittery accessory to finish the outfit. It felt so great going to a wedding knowing that no-one would be wearing the same as me :)

Shawl and dress draped

Summer days ...