A Cosy-Cute Woollen Sigma Dress

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I finally feel like I’m getting on top of things after the upheaval of moving house *high five to that*! Good news is that this means that I’ve had the time to get making again… in my new sewing room.  I actually feel as though I was getting a bit cranky without being able to sew – proof that it is my therapy.

I have had so many patterns and fabric purchases backing up and overflowing in bags and boxes. This one has been in my minds-eye for so long – so I’m chuffed to have had the time to finally get round to sewing it!

The pattern is Papercut Patterns’ Sigma dress, and I chose to make a short-sleeved version 1. I used a wool fabric which I picked up from a M Rosenberg & Son fabric sale in Cambridge a few months ago.

I spent ages reading up about pre-shrinking woollen fabrics, and after getting a bit scared with some of the methods others have tried, I just sent it to the dry cleaners. Downside to this was cost – but for my first stab at using woollen fabric, I didn’t want to screw it up before I had even made one stitch!

The pattern itself was a breeze to use. The only alterations I made which were to narrow the back to stop the gaping neckline (as I do with pretty much all patterns anyway) and also changed the dress from long-sleeved to short.  I made the dress between sizes XS and S. XS was for the bodice and S for the skirt. I was pretty organised about making this dress so had previously stitched up a toile, so was able to adjust the paper pattern before committing to chopping up the fabric. I haven’t made a toile in a while, so it felt as though I was being very thorough with this make!

I did make the long-sleeved version first, but when I put it on it just felt like it needed short/cute sleeves. I felt a bit naughty doing this because I wasted quite a bit of the fabric… but hey… sometimes I need to wear the garment before I get a sense of tweaks that I want to make.

I am super pleased with how this has turned out. It’s another dress which I would happily wear to work with a jacket – or I could wear it as a day dress or even accessorised I could wear it out to dinner.

I hope you like anyway 🙂 I am excited to be making again… so more to follow on here soon. Watch this space!

Pattern: Sigma by Papercut Patterns

Fabric: M Rosenberg & Son fabric sale in Cambridge

Size made: XS/S

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Obviously the fluffy one wanted some attention while we were taking photos!

Obviously the fluffy one wanted some attention while we were taking photos!

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Absolutely amazed that my hairdresser managed to get my fairly short hair into a halo braid

Absolutely amazed that my hairdresser managed to get my fairly short hair into a halo braid

Very pleased with my seam matching with inserting the (dreaded) invisible zip

Very pleased with my seam matching with inserting the (dreaded) invisible zip

Love my nude Springtime nails!

Love my nude Springtime nails!

2 Comments

  1. by Charlotte on March 27, 2016  10:57 pm Reply

    Gorgeous & these pictures are adorable!

    • by Gingerthread Girl on March 28, 2016  8:50 am Reply

      Ah thanks so much! Really kind of you to say :) *blushes* x

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