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Better late than never, my most popular pattern – The Fulwood Dress is now available as a complete making kit.
The kit contains everything you need to make the dress with all the trimmings (collar, pleats, pockets!):
- printed pattern
- over 2.5m of beautiful quality 100% cotton denim in a choice of 2 washes; a pale bleached wash and a deep indigo wash (enough to allow for shrinkage when you pre-wash your fabric)
- and matching thread.
All delivered straight to your door with free P&P (UK only) so you can just get sewing.
There really are so many ways to make this pattern (some of which I’m still trying out myself), see inspiration for how to make the Fulwood on Instagram and check out this link to a recent review. There’s also a great guest post here by Anne Acosta for how to move the pleats to different positions.
What are you waiting for? Get yours now, I only have limited stocks….
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Anne made this gorgeous version of the MIY Collection Fulwood dress by splitting the centre front inverted pleat and creating smaller knife pleats at the side front position. She’s going to talk you through how she did it!
Over to Anne:
I love this version, it’s so flattering, the, pleats draw the eye from the tummy area!
Mark the new pleat position on your pattern. I choose to make 2 smaller pleats on each side of the Centre front of the skirt (shown in red) I used the pleat line furthest from the Centre front for my first line then marked 5 more parallel lines each 3cm apart. (The back is exactly the same).
You can arrange these pleats as you like, but you will need to make sure your new pleats add up to the same size as the original Centre pleat, if not the skirt will no longer fit onto the bodice! My example is for the largest size, you may wish to position them slightly nearer the Centre front for the smallest size.
I traced off the pattern with the alteration but you could use the original if you prefer, the arrows show the direction that the pleats will fold on the right side of the fabric.
Cut out the skirt in your chosen fabric, mark the pleats, as you prefer with tailor tacks / chalk / dressmakers carbon. Tack the pleats into position and sew a machine line across the top of the pleats just above the sewing line to hold. I have done this in a darker thread so you can see it, but I would do this in a matching thread normally.
Continue to make up the dress as Wendy’s instructions.
Thanks so much Anne, there really is so much you can do with this pattern and this is one I hadn’t tried!
Here’s a bit more information about Anne:
You can find Anne on Instagram as @New_vintage _ Sewing
With almost 30 years of experience under her belt, teaching at all levels, designing, pattern cutting and sampling for industry and making costume for theatre, opera and T.V. Anne is now teaching textiles and fashion at Loughborough University where she runs a busy sewing room. This features a wide range of sewing machines, knitting and embroidery machines, for the use of students from textiles, fine art, design technology and so on.
Anne loves to spend any spare time in her garden studio where she has a number of industrial and domestic sewing machines and a large fabric collection that includes lots of vintage pieces. Her main passion is pattern cutting, dressmaking and making prototype garments.
I recently started selling my PDF patterns through Kollabora. For those of you that don’t know it, it’s kind of like Ravelry; a one-stop resource for the best indie PDF patterns (and projects for other crafts too, not just dressmaking), tips and tutorials and a community of makers who share their projects.
I was flattered to be asked by Kollabora if I would be interviewed for their “Nora Meets the Maker” series on their blog (a blog which really is a gold mine of interviews, fashion and trend features and DIY tips). Here’s a link to the interview.
Even better…….until Monday 19th May you can buy my easy pull-on shift dress pdf pattern on Kollabora with 20% off!!
It’s now available again as a PDF downloadable sewing pattern to print at home, just click here.
No need to hang around for the post, just order, pay, print and go! You’ll also get a comprehensive set of instructions for how to print the pattern on your home printer along with the multi-size pattern and full instruction book.
If you’re in the EU it’s available via the MIY Collection Etsy shop.
Read more about the pattern and how versatile it is here.
Happy holiday stitching!
My popular MIY Collection pull-on shift dress pattern which sold out at the Knitting & Stitching show is back in stock. Get yours online now with free P&P in the UK.
I think there are lots of reasons why this pattern is so popular:
- it’s easy – really, no fastenings, no fiddly bits
- the pattern is very versatile – these features are optional: the cowl collar, the side seam pockets, the centre front and centre back pleats
- it’s a great pattern for beginners (I’ve had lots of sewing newbies successfully make this dress in a day), but has lots of versatility for those with a bit of experience
- it suits a wide range of shapes and sizes
- it’s comfy to wear – I know, I wear mine A LOT!
- you can make it in a wide variety of fabrics: wovens such as lightweight denim, linen, lightweight tweed, chambray, needlecord and knits such as ponte roma, sweatshirt and even single jersey
- it will see you through all the seasons – I wear my denim one with leggings and a long sleeved top in winter and on it’s own with birkenstocks in summer
- you can easily combine fabrics, using a different one for the bodice and the skirt.
And if you’re not yet convinced I did a quick pattern hack from it this weekend to make this top which once I’ve hemmed, I think I will be living in…..
All I did was to use the bodice pattern and lengthen it by 20cm! I’ve used a fabulous lurex ponte roma from Minerva Crafts which is a pleasure to sew as it just does as it’s told. This will be my nod towards the festive season – black with a bit of subtle sparkle.
Get your pattern now and let me know what you do with it, I love seeing how you all interpret my patterns!