February's Wukulele Jam

Post Wukulele hot chocolate

It's Wukulele tradition to take a break every January, so Sunday's jam was our first uke meet up of 2016. This was a packed event with standing room only for late-comers upstairs at Worthing Rowing Club. As always there was a jolly good mix of seasoned Wukulele jammers and new folk tentatively stepping out with their ukes for the very first time. Special guest was Portuguese rescue dog Sam who particularly enjoyed Harriet's kazoo solo.

Wukulele regulars sing and strum!
Wukulele's February uke jam at Worthing Rowing Club
Wukulele joy!
Wukulele jam

Flaming Sunset Jacket: Vintage Vogue 9554

Quilted sunset jacket: Vintage Vogue 9554 made by Ivy Arch

On a grey rainy Saturday afternoon I impulse bought two metres of Bernatex cotton material with a painterly flaming sunset print in the sale at the local fabric shop. Can't think why no one else had snapped up this spectacularly kitsch fabric! I thought it would make another quick Esme dress to bring cheer to a dull day.

Vogue 9554 vintage sewing pattern

I then remembered the vintage Vogue 9554 sewing pattern bought last year which includes a wide sleeved edge-to-edge quilted jacket. The idea of a quilted sunset jacket was too good not to pursue, so dusting off the seam gauge I prepared my sewing machine for channel quilting.

Channel quilting nirvana

I found a large enough piece of fruity floral print cotton in my stash to use as a lining for the inside of the jacket and had just enough thin soft wadding left over from the quilted ukulele bag making days. Sandwiching these layers together with the sunset fabric, I entered into the meditative state of bliss that is channel quilting long straight lines.

Flaming sunset jacket assembly line

Once quilted, the jacket pieces were easy to assemble. I finished off all the edges and trimmed the big patch pockets with purple bias binding bought from Worthing market.

Finished flaming sunset jacket: Vogue 9554 made with love by Ivy Arch
Finishing details
Inside: a fruity floral printed cotton gives further 1970s appeal

The finished jacket is a celestial sight to behold!

I wonder if Worthing is ready for the Flaming Sunset jacket?

A Nod to Matisse Esme Dress

Matisse inspired Esme Dress by Ivy Arch

This wonderful printed cotton by Windham Fabrics is from designer Jan Avellana's first fabric collection for the brand. Her print designs in the A Nod To Mod range are inspired by artists including Henri Matisse and Alexander Girard, with graphic cut-out shapes and strong, flat colours.

A Nod To Mod fabric by Jan Avellana for Windham Fabrics

It would have been a shame to cut up this fabric too much, so Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style Esme dress provided a clean shape that would best showcase the pattern. I added two (essential) patch pockets here but carefully matched them so that they are almost invisible.

Spot the patch pocket

This clocks up to being my fourth Esme (see my third, a fleece version here) and I have no plans to stop making them just yet!
Everyday Style Esme Dress in Nod to Mod fabric made by Ivy Arch

It's still a little too cold to wear this dress without long-sleeved layering underneath but I know it will come into its own this spring and summer.

Matisse inspired print by Jan Avellana

Esme Dress by Ivy Arch


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