A red dress digression

With the other quarter-made wool dress still languishing in a drawer, I’ve embarked on a new project. (That’s the trouble with a tricky pattern. It’s easy to tire of it, with the endpoint seeming so far away, and look around for a quick win elsewhere.)

The fabric is from Murphy Sheehys – a stretch wool, lovely, and half the price of the other red. I’m using a stretch lining I got in Fabric Select. (A word here about stretch lining. At €15 a yard, this one was quite pricey. I’ve since discovered Michael H’s range – a wide selection and much cheaper. Hickeys has some good ones too).   red wool

Back to the new red dress. Inspired by the lovely dresses that Eimear and Aoife made with this pattern, I chose New Look 6123.  6123

All good so far. I considered lining it and opted to line only the skirt (ref quick win).

Bodice taking shape nicely. red dress in progress

Would like to finish this at our Monday Sewing Bee tomorrow.

More anon.

4 thoughts on “A red dress digression

  1. I’m liking the sound of a red dress digression…. As a budding sewing enthusiast with only two classes behind me and already a fabric stash and sewing planning aplenty… the digressing is the toughest bit to control! By the way, any ideas anyone on where to get a sewing box? Quirky but practical??

    • Hi Naomi,

      Welcome to the club! Maintaining control on the stash monster can be a challenge. Be forewarned. But then you already know.
      A good sewing box? I scoured the shops, including online, for a sewing box for Aoife’s birthday. It’s hard to find interesting sewing boxes, certainly in Dublin. They’re pretty much a floral brigade, except for the wooden pull-out box (I got mine in Springwools). Cath Kidston is the best of the florals (the shop in Kildare Outlet Village has a good selection of small sewing boxes). Alternatively, you could go for a cosmetic case, or a standard toolbox. If the size is right, either one would work. Online – ButtonIt have some cool polka dot boxes. For something very different – make your own vintage sewing box with a 70’s train case from Ebay and some old patterns. The result – a sewing box with style (well, Aoife says she likes hers). Post and pics to follow.

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