I have managed quite a bit of sewing too. I finished Vogue 1353, a Kay Unger pattern and I've already worn it three times. I would love it in the fabric choice on the pattern, but I couldn't find it anywhere, it looks like silk.
Anyway mine is a great dress for work.
Quite a good shape, although different for me. I really don't wear sleeveless dresses, but I ended up with this pattern because a friend at my sewing class had accidentally ordered two. I'm afraid I also copied her fabric choice and I absolutely love this fabric (more in future posts). It's a linen look but without the crumpling problem.
The fabric was probably a bit heavy for the pattern and it was really thick at the facings. I ended up both understitching ...... (would May approve?)
..... and topstitching to keep the pleats acceptably neat.
Top stitching round the armholes has made them feel a bit sharp, so that's probably not something I will do again. The skirt is pleated and quite nice, though I could have done with an inch or so less around the waist (hence the belt).
Have you been enjoying The Great British Bake Off. I have. I haven't done any baking for ages ... but feeling inspired I'm going to try and choose a dish each week and have a go. For week 1, cake 1 I went for a Swiss Roll. I've never made one before, but armed with my Mary Berry Recipe I've had a go. Its a whisked sponge which definitely rose (n.b. remember to grease the sides of the baking parchment too, hence a bit of sticking!).
I rolled it when hot ......
.... and I have a really good roll.
Then some whipped cream, strawberries and icing sugar. I went a bit overboard with the strawberries and had to remove a few to reroll!
What's not to like. I can almost hear Mary and Paul .... "It's a little overbaked which has made it a little dry, a good roll though!" Next week Florentines.
Finally, a little celebration. I have 50 followers on Bloglovin and I am really touched that anyone can be bothered to read my little offerings. So thank you very much and especially to those of you who leave a comment. Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday.