1. M8104 – the sun was out briefly for a few days last week and I got overexcited and had to make a summer dress. So I was really thrilled when it started snowing later the same week…

    But weather aside, I wasn’t sure that this pattern was really going to be my thing, I don’t normally love tiered skirts, but I had this fabric lying around so thought I’d give it a go. And I’m so glad I did, I’m in love with the result, the floaty sleeves are my fave

    The pattern was overall quite straightforward, but when I was cutting out my fabric I didn’t realise I was supposed to cut two sets of facings and by the time I realised I did not have enough fabric to cut any more 🙈

    So when it came to adding the facings I had to sort of make it up a bit. Initially I was planning on just treating it as a normal facing and just interfacing, stitching, pressing behind and understitching. But this was going to make the fit a little bit neat. So instead I interfaced the facings I had, stitched them to the edge of the garment with a 6mm seam. I then pressed these seams towards the facing and then folded the other side of the facing in by 6mm and pressed. I then folded the facing in half with the pressed edge ever so slightly overlapping the seam line. I finished it by stitching in the ditch from the right side, just catching in the folded edge (somehow managed the neatest stitching in the ditch of my life – I used a zipper foot to sew with as it let me see the ditch a little better). This worked beautifully until I got to the neckline and couldn’t get the curves to behave and not stand up weirdly, so I transitioned into just pressing the whole facing underneath around the neck. To be honest I actually quite liked the resulting narrower band

    The other fun thing I did was had my first go at covering my own buttons – I messed up a fair few, but got 8 covered buttons in the end! I really like the level of finish they add.

  2. So cute! Looks great on you. What type of fabric did you use?

  3. Yay! This is lovely

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