Amy Butler Cameo dress: Simplicity 2363

Amy Butler Cameo dress: Simplicity 2363

I spend entire evenings mooning over fabric shop websites and a recurring destination is Eclectic Maker's Going, Going Gone page of top quality fabric sale bargains. Spying a selection of Amy Butler fabrics there, I cycled over to Worthing's best fabric store the next day and snapped up the end of the roll of the Tea Rose Cameo print also buying half a metre of Hopscotch Cameo fabric to go with it.

Simplicity 2363 - before sleeves
An armless Simplicity 2363 - this dress can also be finished sleeveless

With such precious prints I wanted to make a dress pattern I knew well, and one that would suit, so returned to Simplicity 2363 - a pattern I've used again and again.

Posterior view: Simplicity 2363
Back view: Simplicity 2363

The finished frock is bright and summery, the material crisp and soft. I like the bold giant pom-pom flowers of the Tea Rose fabric, it makes for a really happy dress!

Simplicity 2363 details: sewn by Ivy Arch

I proudly wore my new creation to Wukulele uke jam on Sunday, accessorised with my Amy Butler Lotus ukulele case. I've made three of these uke gig bags, sold two but couldn't resist keeping the third for myself.

Ivy Arch Lotus ukulele gig bag

Window Dressing: Harriet's Curtains - Stylish Dress Book, Y

Stylish Dress Book - dress Y

Harriet is a friend with an eye for print and pattern. We share an enthusiasm for novelty fabrics (see the Garden Gnome Party Dress I made for her daughter) and I was delighted when she kindly gave me the offcuts of the fabulous Antique Seeds cotton she made her wondrous new kitchen curtains from – to use as I wished.

Antique Seeds by Blue Hill Fabrics
Harriet's kitchen curtains in Antique Seeds by Blue Hill Fabrics

There was just enough material to make some panels and trim for a dress, so once again I returned to a sewing pattern that's a staple of my summer wardrobe - Dress Y from the first volume of The Stylish Dress Book.  A quick rummage through my wardrobe tells me I've made 7 of these dresses to date but hadn't sewn a new one this year... The Antique Seeds print went really well with a ditzy multi-coloured floral cotton bought at Worthing's Wednesday Market. I used Harriet's curtain fabric to make the bodice front side and back panels, and a matching border along the hem. I added pockets to the side seams - an essential improvement to this great dress design.

Stylish Dress Book Wear With Freedom: dress Y
Harriet's kitchen curtains

I'm ever so happy with the end result - it's the perfect attire for picking ripe pears in Harriet's garden.

Harriet's lovely pear tree
Medieval sleeve, SDB dress Y