Dress · Love Sewing · Simple Sew

Simple Sew Sienna Dress

Really I should have been finishing 3 roman blinds for my bedroom make over  but I abandoned the boring blinds to sew a summer dress just because I wanted to.

I found a pattern in  my out of control collection, a freebie with Love Sewing magazine, Sienna Dress by Simple Sew

The Sienna Dress is a classic style with a flattering vintage-inspired silhouette. The fully-lined bodice has a gorgeous sweetheart neckline, and the optional short, fluted sleeves give you two styles in one. In-line pockets complete the look.

2m of fabric from the stash a cheerful viscose fruity fabric from Adam Ross, probably a late night purchase!

I didn’t make a toile which is a bit risky with a fitted bodice  but I really just wanted to sew a pretty dress and not faff about with a toile, so  I thought I would risk it, the Simple Sew patterns I have made before I have cut a size 14 with a 12 at the neckline and achieved a good fit.

The bodice front is not cut on the fold but two pieces with a seam up the front, next time I think I would cut the front on the fold and eliminate the centre seam.



The bodice is lined with a fine satin which was left over from the wedding dress I made last year. I also lined the sleeves, which gives a nice clean finish.



I am really happy with this dress, its great for twirling and its got pockets!!




Blouse · Love Sewing · Top

McCalls 7357

McCalls 7357 was a free gift with Love Sewing issue 49 and I thought it would prefect for one of the Seasalt fabrics I bought for half price in the Seasalt sale.


Loose fitting pullover tops have neckband self lined yokes, applied tab, side front and side back seams, three-piece sleeves, shaped hemline, and narrow hem. A, B: Stitched hem on sleeves.  B:Front sleeve and side slits.  C: Purchased trim. C,D: Sleeves gathered into binding.  NOTE Separate pattern pieces are include for cup sized A/B, C,D.

I made view C, size 14,   Cup size C.

The front band is closed together with hooks and eyes, I didn’t bother with this and just hand stitched the bands to together, I still need to wear a camisole underneath so I may yet put a few more stitches in.


A few weeks ago we spent the day at Hidcote Manor Gardens and the reluctant photographer  was forced to take a few shots.


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