double gauze

a new wiksten tank

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Here are the results of my smallish dressmaking spurt - I now have a the basics of a Vignette wardrobe!

Just looking at them all hanging together makes me glad I sew.

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My latest addition is a new Wiksten Tank in the red Petal double gauze.  Again this is a pattern I've made before, so everything was ready to start cutting etc.  All of my previous versions have been made from a thicker quilting cotton.  It's great to finally have one made out of a soft and squishy substrate - so dreamy to wear.  Double gauze is perfect for this style.

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And it adds a nice pop of colour to ensemble too.

Hopefully having all these wardrobe additions will convince me to make the time to sew more wearables.

 


fen number 2

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If the Staple Dress is my favourite dress pattern then the Fen dress comes a very close second.  This easy to wear style is equally flattering and works great with sandals in summer or layered in the winter months.  I know this because I've been wearing my first version of this dress (see below) for almost a whole year now.  Although the pattern has a variety of style options (round or v neck/short or long sleeve/top or dress/shirt-tail or drop hem), I went for the exact same mix of these as I used last time.  Why mess with something that works?  Again, having the pattern all cut out was a bonus.

I also used the exact same substrate as last time - double gauze from my Vignette line for Cloud 9 but this time the teal Petal print.

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A few pattern making notes - One of the tips I got from watching The Great British Sewing Bee this year was seeing how Charlotte speeded up the cutting process by holding her pattern pieces in place with weights and then cutting around them with a rotary cutter - Genius!  I applied this tip to most of my cutting for all of the makes I've been showing lately and it is a 'duh' lightbulb moment.  Obviously being a quilter and having a rotary cutter on hand helps and safety has to be observed at all times - always cut away from your body and keep fingers out of the way.  For curved areas of the pattern where it would be tricky to use the rotary, I use my regular chalk marker and cut with scissors.

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These are the pattern weights I use, they're handmade and were gifted to me by the Cloud 9 team last fall market.  

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Here are both my Fen dresses (so far) together.  I think I might need a few more.

You can find my previous post for the first Fen dress here.


floret dress

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I sewed up another dress using my Vignette double gauze fabric, this time I chose the Floret print on navy.  I was so happy when I found out that Cloud 9 were doing this print on the double gauze, since I would have made this dress up in the quilting cotton anyway but making it in the gauze just makes it drape so much nicer and it's so dreamily squishy!  I am head over heels for this dress already and plan to wear it lots. I used the staple dress pattern again because it is exactly that - a wardrobe staple that works year round.

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I got my daughter to snap these pictures of me a few weeks back. She did a great job other than that she seemed to have the focus on the fence rather than the fabric in the majority of the pictures...  Which is useful if you're a fence enthusiast.

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So if you'd like to see the fabric in more detail, I snapped a quick pic of all four of the double gauze prints just for you.

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Vignette double gauze is now available in all of these super fabric shops -

USA

Fabricworm

Hawthorne Threads 

Gather Here 

Fancy Tiger Crafts

Harts Fabric

Spool

Jones And Vandermeer

Circa 15 Fabric Studio

Crafty Planet

Del Ray Fabrics

Fabric.Com

 

UK

The Village Haberdashery

M Is For Make

Simply Solids

 


fen dress

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Finally Vignette fabric is in stores! You can find stockists for the line here.  If you are a shop selling the line, please get in touch to make sure your store is added to the listing.

I just recently got around to finally making up a dress out of some of the double gauze.  I chose the Fen dress pattern and used the Floret print in pink. The pattern has options for making both dress and top versions with several variations for neckline, hem and sleeves.  I chose to make a round neck dress with a shirt tail hemline and sleeves.  There are also good instructions to shorten or lengthen the pattern. I shortened mine by 3 1/2".

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I love the boxy style of this dress!  Also pockets should be compulsory on dresses.  To accessorize I made a Figure 8 scarf out of the Petal double gauze print in the red colourway.  I followed the pattern instructions exactly except I used a 3/4" seam allowance.  The length and bulkiness is perfect.

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The fabric colours are much deeper and richer in real life.  These pictures were taken on an exceptionally bright day so they appear a little bleached out here. Both the dress and scarf have been worn multiple times since and I definitely will be making second versions of both.