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i bought this beautiful fabric from White Tree Fabrics. I often blog for them and they send me beautiful fabric to make whatever I choose. This time though, I decided to make the most of my 20% off code (SEWDEPUTY) and bought two metres of this cotton.

It just had to be a Summer Ruby. When it arrived, I draped it on my mannequin and everytime I walked past it reminded me of when my children were little and watched a programme called Rosie and Jim. They were a little boy and a little girl who lived in a barge with Duck. Ginny  (@sweetmyrtle) was reminiscing along with me and sent the photo of Rosie and Jim ……who still live in her house!   

We decided I really did need a barge for the photo shoot and a barbecue for  my nephew’s birthday at my sister’s house in York gave me an opportunity to get some boat shots! 

Here are the twirling shots!



I used the Simple Sew Ruby dress pattern and added the concealed zip down the centre back. I used the fabric to make some bias binding to edge the sleeves.


As you can see we have some very mixed weather again and the River Ouse is very high today.


We even managed to find a solitary duck for the photo shots! 


I managed to find some waving passengers on a boat trip! Blog Manager was not impressed!!

She needed a mango smoothie and pain au raisin after all the river bank strolling and stress of her Mother waving at random people!


Pattern : Simple Sew Ruby Dress

Notions: 16inch concealed zip

Fabric : 2 metres from White Tree Fabrics

Wonky Factor: 9/10 maybe a little too short! 

Amanda 💝

And they are selling similar on the high street!