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Sew Crafty design team pattern hack, giveaway and discount!

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Elle Harris

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  • I too managed to get on the @textileexpress ๐Ÿš‚ with @amilliondresses and @roisinmuldoon and bought some of that beautiful retro cotton/linen mix ex Ralph Lauren fabric before it sold out,  BUT I also couldn't resist buying some 'monsieur lobster' jersey ๐Ÿ˜ he's wearing a little Breton tshirt guys!!! ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท . Mr pinchy top in the works! 
#sewists #sewing #fabrichaul #ilovetexex
  • When in Rome, one shops for fabric ๐Ÿ˜‚.
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  • Girl gang โค๏ธ.
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  • Are you going to be a @newcrafthouse weekend offender and join their party? ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Dress is ready, hair has 90% less plaster dust in it and I'm looking forward to seeing all the crew tomorrow night. Whoop! Let the sun shine!.
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Dress fabric: @stoffstil โค๏ธ #stoffundstil #stoffstildiy #sewcialists #makersmovement #sewingismysuperpower
  • If Kirstie and Phil could see the house now, they would probably tell us to run a mile. BUT ELECTRICS ARE IN! I repeat we now have actual working electric sockets and downlighting in every room. Next up, that fireplace.... send Gin please!.
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#iwouldratherbesewing @c4locationsofficial
  • Please, those with old houses, tell me this gets easier? Another layer of the house is revealed. Today we finally got โšก๏ธ electricity in my sewing studio, which now has 10 plug sockets and cool white LED downlights. Of course there's still away to go as this room will need re plastering etc but all this work might entice Kirstie to come back. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Somedays I feel like applying for love it or list it but not today. Not today ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸฝโœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธI beat you Monday!
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#houserenovation #locationlocationlocation #firsttimebuyers #williteverend #sewingroom #excouncilhouse #1950sdecor #excouncil #wallpaper @c4locationsofficial
  • My (quite utility) spoils from @thefestivalofquilts yesterday. Can you see some bag making and knitting commitments? ANY BAG MAKERS OUT THERE?? Got any pattern ideas?.
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Necklace: bargain at ยฃ5 @ernestwrightandson.
Mustard gauzy cotton from @stitch_fabric1.
#foq17
  • There were a few things that blew me away @thefestivalofquilts but nothing came close to this beauty. Katherine Jones of @twocatsquilts's bling quilt is the best thing I've ever seen. A whopping 98 x 98inches in size. "Foundation paper pieced from solid fabrics the inspiration for this quilt was a princess cut diamond."
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It won best in show #quiltcon2017  and I can see why ๐Ÿ˜.
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#foq17 #twocatsquilts #quilting
  • Props to the props! Had a very good day at @thefestivalofquilts with @rach_wain. Can I take a flamingo home @juki_club  #myjukiclub  #quiltersguild #quilting #FOQ17.
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Dress: fabric @frumbleuk dress pattern @simplesewpatterns
Sew Crafty design team pattern hack, giveaway and discount!

About 500 years ago Sew crafty asked their design team if they wanted to have a go at hacking their shift dress pattern. I signed up straight away because the pattern screamed โ€˜dungaree pinafore corduroy dress of dreamsโ€™ and I needed all those things in my life. You may recognize this pattern if you were lucky enough to go to the dress makers ball as it was a slipped into our goodie bags.

 

 

I started designing the pattern hack before the pattern even arrived and although I took my time choosing from Sew Crafty’s gloriously curated fabric collection, I knew it couldnโ€™t be anything other than their super soft corduroy and I wanted Dashwood confetti to complement it. Because DASHWOOD.

The moment the pattern and fabric arrived I got the pattern out and made a full toile because I knew Iโ€™d be making many adaptations to the pattern and there was no way I was risking cutting into the beautiful cord or Dashwood without being very certain of my design.

Now Iโ€™ll be honest, Iโ€™m not the most experienced at pattern hacking and Iโ€™m no pattern designer so for those of you thinking โ€˜I have no idea how to hackโ€™ youโ€™re on my team. I have built my confidence up by โ€˜Franken-patterningโ€™. A term meaning taking elements from other patterns and throwing them together to create something else. This is a great way to start and you probably do it already without thinking about it. Want a pocket on the dress but the pattern doesnโ€™t have notches or pattern pieces? I bet you steal them from another pattern and figure out the marks yourself. Bam. Youโ€™ve started your journey into pattern hacking.

 

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I took inspiration from a previously made Grainline Farrow for the front pockets, changing from the original diagonal design for a horizontal affair. I also loved Jennifer laurens Ivy painfore placket but as I have not sewn that pattern I ‘made it up’ and toiled it out many times.

 

Creating horizontal inseam pockets and adding self-made piping details.

 

The shift dress is very basic which works beautifully with pattern hacking as it gives you a great base to start. The fit on this pattern on me was large. Be warned. Iโ€™d size right down to get the fit shown on the front cover. I made a size xs bust graded to an s hips and my body measurements are 36,32,42. Of course this works to the advantage of us curvy crew as the patterns size range extends that shown on the pattern cover. WHOOP! No need for grading up! If you are a slim Jim you may need to grade the pattern down.

 

 

I made 2 major changes to the pattern.

  • Did away with the side seam pockets and created a front seaming concealing inseam pocket with added contrast piping
  • Created Button-down straps at the shoulders which meant drafting new facings.

 

Toile evolution

I did about 300 toiles to get the fit, straps and pockets correct so here we are later than planned with the final article. Okay, I lie. I got her finished a month or two ago but I wear her so often getting time to take photos has been the actual challenge!

 

 

 

No matter as the final edit has coincided with Sew crafty having a whopping 20% off their website range which means that if you act fast you could get some of this fabric yourself. Just use code xjuly20, but hurry it expires midnight this sunday.

I also have a copy of the Shift dress to giveaway! All you have to do is comment below about hacking patterns or this make, on an account that I can contact you on between now and friday 28th July and i’ll draw a winner over that weekend. Open internationally.

Supplies: Red fabric, blue spotty fabric and pattern supplied by Sew crafty. Button maker and button shanks both avalible from Sew crafty.

Styling: Shoes: clarks. Necklance: I love crafty. Striped top: Grainline lark tee long sleeved view. Leggings: megan nielsen Virginia leggings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments
  • Joy says:

    I want to make pretty much this exact dress in mustard or navy needlecord to wear over stripy tees and rollnecks for autumn/winter!

    My favourite (most necessary) pattern hack is altering high-back dresses to V-back, because it’s easier than adjusting the neckline to stop gaping at the neck/back! I’m such a lazy sewer!

    • Elle@sewpositivity says:

      There is nothing better than Mustard needle cord! You know that’s a really good tip about the V neck. Thanks for sharing (i’ll be stealing that for sure) xxx

  • I love this dress on you (no wonder you’re wearing it all the time!) and the pinafore/buttons hack is what I’d been thinking about doing for my next Kate dress (Sew Me Something) hack – that’s another pattern which is ripe for hacking, I just need more time and energy to make up all the patterns I’ve been planning! I think the thing which would really help speed things up would be tracing the basic pattern (complete with fit alterations) onto swedish tracing paper so I had a basic pattern to work from, rather than tracing, altering the fit and hacking all at the same time. Now I’ve seen your lovely pinafore, I’m going to move mine up the list!

    • Elle@sewpositivity says:

      I also need ALL the time please. Where does it go? I have to say I love watching mini Archie’s adventures. Best use of my time ๐Ÿ™‚

      Having a basic well fitting dress is definitely fundamental for an easy sewing life. Then you can hack away. It’s kind of what i’m doing with the Orla dress. xxxx

  • This is stunning! What a brilliant pattern hack!

  • Kathy says:

    I really like your dress but pattern hacking scares me.

    • Elle@sewpositivity says:

      I used to be the same. The way forward is using a pattern you know well that fits and trying simple style changes for a new look. I promise it’s easier once you’ve got a go to pattern. xx

  • Corinne says:

    I’m constantly refashioning items with left over pieces. Those extra pieces get smooshed into new items such as a collar from an old shirt and making a new pattern fit so the collar can be used.

  • Elle@sewpositivity says:

    Thank you to all who entered. The winner of the dress pattern was Joy. Keep an eye out for continued giveaways over the next month including a mega haul of goodies!

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  • I too managed to get on the @textileexpress ๐Ÿš‚ with @amilliondresses and @roisinmuldoon and bought some of that beautiful retro cotton/linen mix ex Ralph Lauren fabric before it sold out,  BUT I also couldn't resist buying some 'monsieur lobster' jersey ๐Ÿ˜ he's wearing a little Breton tshirt guys!!! ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท . Mr pinchy top in the works! 
#sewists #sewing #fabrichaul #ilovetexex
  • When in Rome, one shops for fabric ๐Ÿ˜‚.
.
@vhaberdashery #vhaberdashery #thevillagehaberdashery
  • Girl gang โค๏ธ.
.
@newcrafthouse #newcrafthouse
  • Are you going to be a @newcrafthouse weekend offender and join their party? ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Dress is ready, hair has 90% less plaster dust in it and I'm looking forward to seeing all the crew tomorrow night. Whoop! Let the sun shine!.
.
Dress fabric: @stoffstil โค๏ธ #stoffundstil #stoffstildiy #sewcialists #makersmovement #sewingismysuperpower
  • If Kirstie and Phil could see the house now, they would probably tell us to run a mile. BUT ELECTRICS ARE IN! I repeat we now have actual working electric sockets and downlighting in every room. Next up, that fireplace.... send Gin please!.
.
#iwouldratherbesewing @c4locationsofficial
  • Please, those with old houses, tell me this gets easier? Another layer of the house is revealed. Today we finally got โšก๏ธ electricity in my sewing studio, which now has 10 plug sockets and cool white LED downlights. Of course there's still away to go as this room will need re plastering etc but all this work might entice Kirstie to come back. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Somedays I feel like applying for love it or list it but not today. Not today ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸฝโœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธI beat you Monday!
.
#houserenovation #locationlocationlocation #firsttimebuyers #williteverend #sewingroom #excouncilhouse #1950sdecor #excouncil #wallpaper @c4locationsofficial
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