Last of the Summer Sewing - Aztec Dress

I found this fantastic stretch cotton sateen in the John Lewis clearance sale - bright Aztec zig zags - for £12 for 2 meters. I had imagined a great summer dress for hot August days - however it took me so long to getting around to finish it that summer has pretty much disappeared - its gone all cold and rainy again!!

I actually managed to squeeze two items from this fabric:

1. Summer Dress

I used the ol' faithful pencil skirt pattern and a self-drafted simple princess seam bodice attached at the waist. The first time I've ever made spaghetti straps as well, man they are not easy. I might do a little tutorial as the technique is quite interesting. Just for a bit of interest made them cross over straps at the back - also stops them slipping off the shoulders. Then put in a thick black metallic zipper down the centre back.

Here it is! (I have just got PicStitch so no doubt will be abusing that facility in future)

2. Pencil skirt

Just another simple skirt with the leftover fabric!

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  1. Hello Emma
    Just stumbled upon your lovely blog! I love the humour in your writing and your projects are great. I am learning to sew as a hobby. I like making little bags, cushion covers etc. I am not interested in making clothes but have enjoyed reading your clothes posts. You are very talented. I too am a fabricholic. I love Clarke and Clarke and also the novelty themed fabrics. Such fun!
    I don't have a blog of my own but I follow a dozen or so lovely ones that give me inspiration and are helping me learn how to sew things.
    Thank you for your inspiration. Mandy x
    Ps love your tortoise! I had one as a child.

    1. What a lovely comment! Thats made my day :-) Thank you very much indeed. Hopefully I'll do some more bags and household bits and pieces for tutorials which may be of interest to you. Happy sewing :-) xx

    2. Hi Many, just wanted to let you know about the name change to the blog, will be doing a few more general tutorials in future :)

    3. Mandy* I do apologise for the typo