Welcome to my little blog and my turn on the Rebecca Page blog tour, Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons. You are in for a great ride, there will be lots of creativity, many great patterns showcased and foremost extremely creative seamstresses. I would love for you to read to the end where you will see how you can win some great prizes from our generous sponsors.
Spring is almost upon us in Australia, visions of bright and cheerful colours, garden parties and horse racing, welcome to my little part of Australia. Casual strolls along the parklands to a more formal occasion, Spring has it all an opportunity for -:
With an abundance of suitable patterns for Spring ( and every other season) Rebecca Page has options for an endless Spring wardrobe. Most patterns are available in childrens sizing so you can make a Spring wardrobe for them too.
It is currently windy, freezing in the minus temperatures where l live but l will be set for Spring when it arrives and yeah for that.
Whether a casual stroll or a little more formal garden party a maxi dress using a mash of the Meghan wrap dress and the Arabella skirt it was to be. I love the crossover neckline of the Meghan but wanted a slightly gathered skirt, using a modified Arabella skirt option l was able to create a soft flowing maxi. I am a little in love with maxi’s at the moment.
My fabric which is from ‘Simply by Ti’ in the US was ideal for my maxi. l received my fabric as part of a mystery box and l was not disappointed, the fabric is so soft and flowing, l love how it flows in the breeze. I will definately be searching for more fabric from Ti. Meghan wrap dress is currently on sale in all sizes and also as a bundle. The Meghan wrap is also a part of the Summer Maxi Collection & is on sale with a discount of 40% until the end of August.
For something a little less formal the Peggy pencil skirt and the Paris top will be my go to quick sew garments, suitably lovely for casual to dinner, classic styling never fails to disappoint.
Choosing double brushed poly from Lush fabrics Australia for my Peggy pencil skirt was a great choice, comfortable on trend and the longeveity to last for many years and still remain stylish. For those who haven’t yet tried Lush Fabrics, oh you should it’s divine and so affordable.
The Paris top is a simple classic T, l chose to make mine in the crop option, l just had to use up every last piece of this gorgeous cotton lycra fabric from Thread Therapy here in Australia. (l actually have another dress in this fabric too). Paris offers 2 neckline options, several sleeve options and two length options, did you know the Paris is also a free pattern with the code in the group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/
Spring can be a little cool in the evenings where l live so a simple cover up is required, l can say l was so glad to have my wrap today as it was very windy and l needed some warmth. Wanting something a little more fitted than a cardigan, l modified the Meghan wrap to create an elegant ballerina top which creates a whole new look.
l almost created a whole new look with the wind gusts that surrounded me, couldn’t keep a hair in place and so glad l had my Peggy on because if l was wearing anything more flowing l would have my underwear on show and that’s not a good look at all.
Why purchase another pattern when you can utilise a pattern you already have. Modifying the Meghan from a dress to a ballerina top is quite simple, the basics of the pattern are already there. You will only need the bodice patterns, the sash which l modified to just attach at the bottom front to enable to wrap around. l omitted the collar.
You will need to reduce the length of the back bodice to coincide with the same measurement as the front bodice, simply just reduce the length from the back by measuring and ensuring the side seams are the same length. l put a band around the neckline and front bodice by measuring the neckline and using 85% of that measurement plus a 1/4″ seam allowance x 2″ wide. The band is then folded in half and attached along the front and back neckline. Adding the neck band adds support to the neckline retaining shape. You could also add a band to the bottom but l did not, l did a twin stitch hem on my ballerina top.
Do you also like to hack/mash put your own twist on a pattern? I would love to hear how you get your ideas, my greatest inspiration is google pics and Pinterest, there is so much inspiration there.
l’d love for you to visit each blog on the tour showcasing so many of Rebecca Page patterns, you can also win some great prizes from our sponsors.
Quite a lot of the patterns showcased are also on sale during August.
The – Eloise (dolls, girls, ladies, bundle)
– Olivia (girls, ladies, bundle)
– Betty (only ladies)
– Summer Maxi Collection (only ladies)
– Meghan (dolls, girls, ladies, bundle)
– Emma (dolls, girls, ladies, bundle)
– Portia (dolls, girls, ladies, bundle) are also on sale.
I would love for you to sew up something just for yourself.
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Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!
- August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
- August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
- August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
- August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
- August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
- August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
- August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs