VFT London aka the twirly summer dress!

Hi! I made something for my daughter for a change so thought I’d pop on and show you! I made it with the intention to sell the style, so I was allowed. 😉

It’s the Violette Field Threads new pattern – the London dress. I made the most of the couple of days of sunshine we had!!

twirly summer dress standing pb

I made it in a gorgeous Liberty of London cotton lawn that’s adorned with sweeties! So cute! I realised how apt it was to be making a London dress out of Liberty fabric afterwards. 😀

The dress features a ruffly hem but I left that out (who’s got time for all that ruffling haha… I’m really not a ruffles and frills person) and just added 3″ to the length of the skirt.

twirly summer dress sitting pb

It’s got the teeniest bodice, a really full skirt, and tie-up straps. A quick and simple sew, with just a few techniques required – gathering, bias binding, and the usual seams and hem!

twirly summer dress flat lay pb

In true matchy matchy Pink Bobbins style, I made a matching bow hairband, and it’s safe to say little A loves the outfit and wants to wear it ALL THE TIME!! 🙂

sweetie twirly dress and hairband pb

Can you blame her? Just look at the spin effect!

twirly summer dress twirling pb

I totally recommend this pattern, it’s brilliantly written and the outcome is just so gorgeous.

Of course if you don’t want to make your own you can always by mine at Pink Bobbins. 😛

Beth x

Dare I Mention Christmas…

I’m going to have to start thinking about the joys of Christmas now that I have just signed up to the sewing bloggers’ answer to Secret Santa… ‘Sewing Santa’!

It’s basically a Secret Santa (although it doesn’t have to be secret) between sewing bloggers. So you are guaranteed a sewing-related present at Christmas! WOW. Have I got your attention? Head over to Stitched Up From the Start to find out more, and join in by midnight tomorrow!

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Ahh, exciting!!

I do have a finished project to share with you, but this has overtaken its need for publishing because the deadline for signing up is TOMORROW, and I wonder if any of you lovely lot would like to join before it’s too late?!

Now to narrow down the many, many sewing goodies I could wrap up for my recipient….

Beth x

Easy Peasy Crayon Roll

How cute is this?

Crayon Roll

I’ve seen a few of these at craft fairs and suchlike – it’s a crayon roll. It looks simple to make; I added it to my ever-growing ‘to sew’ list a long time ago. Then I noticed the tutorial in issue 4 of Love Sewing magazine (which I keep mentioning here!) and that was enough to encourage me to make one that evening.

My daughter requested it be made in elephant fabric, and if I don’t have enough then it could be made in polka dots. Well, she got what she wanted!

crayon rolls

I’m surprised I haven’t come across them on Pinterest, but I’m sure there must be a tutorial or two floating around somewhere!

It’s basically two rectangles of fabric with another rectangle (that’s been folded in half lengthways) sandwiched in the middle. That shorter rectangle has vertical stitch lines running down it,  attached to the fabric underneath, to store the crayons in.

Crayon Roll

The ribbon is sandwiched in between the layers, so the roll can be wrapped up like a parcel. It rolls up to just the right size to fit in your hand. Perfect for travelling 🙂

crayon roll

crayon roll

It was a very quick and easy project; great for beginners, and those who have little time due to school holidays!

There’s only one little thing I’m slightly annoyed with. It’s that the end ‘pockets’ are smaller than the rest. I blame the instructions for that… if I was concentrating I could have added an extra 1cm to each side to make those pockets bigger. It’s not too bad, though, because narrow crayons do squeeze in there. It just looks uneven!

crayon roll

I was concentrating enough whilst reading the instructions to realise that they didn’t actually instruct to stitch the lines – only mark them. Ha, that’s an example proving you should read the instructions through start to finish before getting stuck in.

I will finish with a photo of my big girl enjoying it. Year 1 at school begins tomorrow… which means I should get more time to sew 😀

Crayon Roll in use

Beth x