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Sleeveless Shift Dress – End of the winter sewing

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Sleeveless Shift Dress - Front
Sleeveless Shift Dress – Front

Hello and welcome to my blog

Sometimes the simplest garments are the ones which you reach for time and again.

Dallia Shift Dress

This navy blue sleeveless shift dress is from my Dallia Shift Dress pattern. I just know I will wear it over and over. I have modified it a bit by getting rid of the back centre seam in this version. If the dress had sleeves I think that it would need a back opening, either a button and loop fastening as in the black and white patterned version, or a zip. The addition of sleeves to a bodice means that a bit more room is needed to get the dress over the shoulders. This sleeveless dress however meant that I could get away with simply pulling it on over the head. So quick to get ready in the mornings. I have used a woven fabric but there is no reason why it couldn’t be a knit. A scuba or Ponti Roma would work well.

Sleeveless Shift Dress - Construction
Sleeveless Shift Dress – Construction

The construction of this dress is very simple, just two bust darts, side and shoulder seams.

This is an unlined dress and the edges are bound with bias binding. The bias binding can be a bit of a fiddle but its well worth practicing the technique. It is a nice edging finish as it not only encases all of the raw edges but it can be used decoratively as well, contrasting with or blending with the garment fabric.

Sleeveless Shift Dress - Front
Sleeveless Shift Dress – Front

This is the last of my winter makes as next week it will be march and time for looking ahead and planning out the spring wardrobe and what to make for lighter, brighter days ahead.

I’m thinking about floral fabric inspiration as there were so many florals on the RTW spring/summer catwalk collections. Also there was a real prominence of gingham, so I’ll definitely be using lots of that in both a small and large check version. With the florals I’m not sure about the dark floral trend however I am going to give it a go, make a dress, maybe a shirt. Sometimes prints can surprise me and I find that they are really useful wardrobe items after all.
What inspires you to start a new sewing project? is it necessity, needing a particular piece of clothing for an event or occasion? Is it a pattern you have discovered and want to try out to learn new skills, or is it finding an amazing fabric you just have to have?

Introducing my floral fabric collection for my spring fashion makes. It includes a crisp cotton, a sheer, a viscose mix and a poly cotton. You will see more of these very soon!

Fashion Patterns & Sewing Inspiration
Floral Fabric Collection

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Happy Sewing

Camellia Top – Free Pattern Giveaway


This week I have been working with a wonderful IT team to create a pattern of my own to use here on Sewing Avenue. The process has been a lot more technical than I imagined it would be so I am extremely grateful to the guys for all that they have done so far. I love the end result, it is a very useful pattern which I can use and manipulate in many ways to create an infinite amount of designs and very wearable tops.

So far I have had time to made the Camellia Top in three different fabrics for three different looks. I’ve made it in a bright pink with a black trim, a floral cotton with a white bias binding and a silver satin.
I have big plans for this little top and I am going to be making it again in future blogs to create different looks for many occasions.

Camellia Top in Pink
Camellia Top in Pink
Camellia Top in Floral
Camellia Top in Floral
Camellia Top in Silver
Camellia Top in Silver

The Camellia Top is a fantastic item to add to any woman’s wardrobe. This top is very easy to make and comes as just two simple pattern pieces, a back and a front. There are two bust darts in the front piece to create a bit of shape and it is edged with bias binding which can be either the same fabric or a contrasting colour. It is a top which will never go out of style and can be updated for any season in a wide range of fabrics.

I have decided to share the fun with you so therefore I am making this pattern available for everyone to download completely free. It will be available from Sunday 8th February 2015.
If you want to send me your Email before that date I will still be able to ensure that you get the link on Sunday 8th.

Camellia Top Pattern
Camellia Top Pattern

Simply fill in your Email address above on the “Email Newsletter” and I’ll send you a link to download your very own copy of the Camellia Top. I promise that your Email details will be held in confidence and never shared with anyone.

This pdf pattern covers sizes US 4/UK 8, US 6/UK 10, US 8/UK 12.
It prints out in both A4 and Letter and uses 9 pieces of paper. It also comes with a construction diagram for assembling the pattern pieces and instructions for making up the garment.

Camellia Top Pattern
Camellia Top Pattern

I intend to get the pattern made in more sizes before the end of February, up to and including sizes US 20/UK 24, so if you don’t see the size you need here please be patient and I’ll have it ready as soon as possible and post a blog about it when it is done. Then you too can enjoy making many Camellia tops for yourself and your friends and family.

I’d love to hear from you to find out how you have made your Camellia Top. Let me know which fabrics you like and maybe how you have restyled it to suit yourself. Have you added extra length or maybe put buttons down the front? Have you made it a different colour on the back to the front or even with a “v” neck instead of rounded?
There are so many possibilities.

Please leave a comment below.

Happy sewing