Saturday, 6 July 2019

Sew Over It Alex shirt dress

I made my first SOI Alex shirt dress in 2017 at a workshop in the old Islington store. I learned some new tricks (making my own bias binding) and gained confidence using a more drapey fabric (I made it out of viscose). Fast forward to 2019 and I wanted to use a lovely piece of viscose fabric gifted to me by a lady on a different SOI workshop! The fabric was 80% sewn up into a shift dress which luckily afforded quite decent spans of fabric to be re-used. I cut out all parts of the Alex shirt dress in full sections aside from the belt which I cut in strips from the previous sleeves of its past iteration.

I couldn't decide which buttons to use, so asked a few sewing friends their opinion and the cream buttons were the favourites! I bought them from Ray Stitch in Islington, making this a pretty economical make as they were only 35p each.


Nothing new to report in terms of the construction. I sewed it together over three Social Sewing Wednesday's at the New Craft House at Broadway Market.



Another item completed from my WIP (work in progress) pile! I have worn this so many times since finishing it. It's perfect for this balmy hot summery weather we are having in the UK!

What's on your sewing table right now?

10 comments:

  1. I would have chosen the cream ones too. It looks a very wearable dress which suits you well. It is good to get things finished. On my sewing table is a mans shirt! Jo xx

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    1. Thanks Jo. I look forward to seeing your man's shirt when it's finished!

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  2. Beautiful dress! Now I'm sewing an apron for the tradicional costume here. It's taking me some time because of the hemstitch...

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    1. Great, I love the sound of your traditional costume apron, are you hand-sewing it?

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  3. This is beautiful and you are right, perfect for the weather we are having.

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    1. Yes, its perfect to wear in this lovely warm weather!

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  4. Wow that looks lovely and great that you made it at the sewing socials. I have just found out they have those near me but I think I would just get distracted and chat the whole timex.

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    1. Yes, sometimes you do get a little distracted with a bit of chat but at the moment I am managing to regular sew at least once a week because I have time set aside to do it at the sewing social. When I'm at home I get distracted by lots of other things like house chores / work things etc.

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  5. This is so lovely! The fabric works perfectly for the dress.

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    1. Thanks so much. It feels even better because the fabric was free!

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