Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A Winter Betty

I find that winter is a terrible time for my sewing and blogging. The dark chilly evenings and constant drizzle just make me want to curl up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate. Factor in the only 7/8 hours of sunshine each day and a grumpy boyfriend with man flu and its incredibly difficult to get any decent photos taken.
I've also been incredibly busy with my shop this year after a quite a quiet September/October, with orders coming out my ears the last few weeks. Finally now the last overseas post in time for Christmas has gone and I have just over a week to make a few presents for my family and maybe even one for myself!
I did manage to whip myself up a winter Betty dress at last, after the enormous success of my first one. My poppy print version is my absolute favourite dress, and I always get compliments when I wear it out. However I did have a couple of minor fitting issues with it. It fit perfectly around the waist and bust, but I often find I get a little excess fabric in the middle of my chest that gapes a bit, and the same at the back.
To sort it out in the new version I took out the excess fabric from the pattern piece by converting it into the waist darts. Despite this I still found myself with excess fabric in the chest after making up the dress, and the waist seemed a little looser. I'm not sure if that is due to the fabric having more ease, my dressmaking shears being quite blunt so cutting out a bit slapdash, or if I just need to take even more fabric out there. Anyway, it's still a pretty good fit, and I just love the style of it.

This version was made in a lovely Melton wool from Sew Over It called Melton mist, which you can find here. Given how much fabric the skirt needs it was pricier fabric than I usually go for, but I loved the colour. It is at the moment rather itchy to wear, but I'm hoping that will ease after a wash or two. Its a great addition to my winter wardrobe, as I usually find myself in jeans and a jumper for most of the colder months!
Do you find it harder to summon the energy to sew in the winter?!
Emily Kate.

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