Best Dresses Plus Size

IN VOGUE Vogue Patterns has teamed up with Liberty Fabrics to show how even simple garment styles can look sleek and chic with the help of stunning floral prints. Five designs from the new Autumn Vogue Patterns catalogue have been made and photographed in beautiful Liberty fabric. These include women’s and childrenswear, and we were particularly taken by the Vogue 9042 dress for ages 3-8, which has been made in gorgeous green Donna Leigh printed cotton, and the V9233 pinafore, sewn up in Adelajda peachy floral print, also in sizes 3-8. Find out more about the patterns at www.sewdirect.

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Beautiful boucle Ready to attempt your first jacket pattern or keen to sew a sophisticated winter skirt? The stunning new cotton stretch boucle from Dragonfly Fabrics could be just what you’re after. It’s available in a wonderful indigo blue and cream print and the Lycra content ensures it will stretch to fit and flatter your figure, whether you’re making up a Chanel-style boxy jacket or a matching pencil skirt. Sophisticated and warm enough to take you through the colder months in style. Available for £14.90 per metre from www.dragonflyfabrics.co.uk

Love sewing with jersey fabric or ready to give knit a go? Try the brand-new Givre pattern from French pattern house, Deer and Doe. Designed for ambitious beginners and ideal for comfy everyday tops or fi gure-flattering dresses, it includes a close-fi tting jersey dress and top, and there are versions for sleeveless, T-shirt or three-quarterlength sleeves for endless sewing options! For inspiration on sewing with knit fabric, check out our interview with Mark from Girl Charlee over on page 36. Don’t forget to take a look at the full autumn/winter 2017 pattern collection at www.deer-and-doe.com

Sewing get-togethers can be the perfect way to meeting people with similar interests, troubleshoot your latest pattern and get a load of new fabric and technique inspiration! The internet is a wonderful place but nothing beats face-toface conversation with like-minded folks. On 28th October Sew Brum returns to Birmingham, off ering an opportunity to catch up over a cuppa, go fabric shopping and have a whole lot of fun with fellow sewing enthusiasts. It’s organised by sewist and blogger Charlotte Powell and you can fi nd out more about the itinerary at www.englishgirlathome.com. Defi nitely one for your diary

August’s theme was nightwear, and I had not really had much of an interest in sewing it before this month, but now I have found I really enjoy it. To be honest, it’s not the kind of thing that I have thought is really missing from my wardrobe but I was interested in what it is like to make. As it turns out, it’s a lot of fun! The makes added to the link up have shown how nightwear is a great vehicle for the fabric that you adore but may not fi t in with the rest of your wardrobe. It’s been bold and playful on there! Stashela Makes went to town on colour and fun prints, switching in contrast panels in her flamingo jammies. I love how there is something about nightwear that means you can take a bit more of a risk with print and pattern, or try out an embellishment that you wouldn’t normally use. The Yorkshire Sewist teased us all month on Instagram with her unicorn pyjamas, complete with sparkly buttons. I went with soft Liberty lawn for my makes and loved sewing the pair of them. In making my Fifi set I could really enjoy paying attention to pretty details like pleating and French seams because the project itself was quite small and not too demanding. My second nightwear project was a little more challenging, but all the more satisfying for it. Like many other bloggers, I wanted to add piping to my pyjamas. Although this takes a little more time and consideration, the fi nish and overall eff ect at the end make it totally worth it. September’s #wardrobebuilder theme is Trousers. Sewisfaction is off ering a discount on all its stretch cotton, along with a gift voucher to use in its online fabric store. To fi nd out more about the challenge and see the month-by-month themes, visit www.thepetitepassions.com. Don’t forget to share your makes online with the hashtag #wardrobebuilder Laura Every month, Laura Victoria shares what’s been going on with the #wardrobebuilder challenge and what you’ve been making Piping adds a professional fi nish Laura’s Tilly and the Buttons.

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