When I read that Simple Sew had released the Amelia Tea Dress pattern, it reminded me with all that happened since the wedding, that I hadn’t blogged about the Amelia dress I made to wear to my son’s wedding , the Amelia dress was a free pattern with Love Sewing way back in issue 28.
After I finished and handed over the wedding dress I only had a couple of weeks to make my own outfit. I started looking around for a suitable dress pattern suitable for small and informal wedding following by a plough man’s picnic in a 16th century Ale House, very much a
homemade handcrafted wedding. So a formal two piece and a large hat would be a bit over the top. I wanted a Tea Dress and luckily I had just the pattern.
I made up a muslin with some fabric from my stash and cut out a size 14 straight from the envelope, the fit was pretty good and the only change I made to go down a size on the shoulders and neckline.
Then the question of what fabric to use, well if you follow my blog you will now I love a bit Liberty Tana Lawn, perfect for a Tea Dress. I wanted to wear Navy shoes and the theme of the wedding was books and the colour red.
I searched the internet and found it on e-bay 2.2 meters of Liberty Tana Lawn Kayleigh Sunshine.
The instructions on Simple Sew patterns can be a bit sparse and though I don’t really mind too much I do wish when the seam allowance changes it is mentioned on the instructions and not just on the paper pattern because if you don’t use a 1cm seam allowance at this point the front won’t align with the back of the dress.
As the weather is always unpredictable in this country I made a navy jacket from another Sew Simple pattern and again another free pattern from Love Sewing magazine .
I used 1m of navy triple crepe from Minerva Crafts. This was not my best sewing, the crepe seemed to stretch as I manipulated it, this is an unlined jacket but I always prefer a lined one so I cobbled together a lining at the last minute with lining fabric and bias binding (the binding was part my Stitching Santa gift last year from Corinne who blogs at Applebymakes@wordpress.com –#Stitching Santa thanks Corinne)