I bought my fabric from the Market Man in Darlington and it reminded me so much of Katherine, who interviewed me for her dissertation at Sunderland University. It was a real pleasure to meet her and she also came along to the blogger meet up in Dewsbury. She bought lots of fabric that her Mum said she must not sew until the dissertation was finished! I am not sure she stuck to that one! So I just had to name this after you Katharine!


 I used Simplicity 1609 which is a shift style dress with large darts on the front which give it a lovely shape. 

I think it suits me more that the straight shift. I also love the bow which sits in the neck. I decided to use the same fabric for the bow as when it is worn just as a dress it is not noticeable, the fabric kind of talks for itself. When I am wearing my trusty cardigan though, it makes a real difference to the look of the dress.  I didn’t interface the bow as I wanted it to be quite soft, when I have interfaced them they tend to be like a bow tie ! 

Obviously, I have another in the pipeline, as I did double cutting and dart sewing and bow making! Once I had done those parts, I left The Florrie and concentrated on getting the Katharine finished. I used bias on the neck and sleeves instead of facings. I also added a 7inch concealed zip in the side. 

 I really like to wear these dresses for work as they are smart, comfortable and I only buy fabric that I have shoes to match! Mmmmm ,  I have lots of shoes needing new dresses!! 

Have you noticed the sunshine!!??!! I even got a shadow or two in my photos …but who cares!!?? And the wisteria….it looks so beautiful. 



The Blog Manager likes to find something in the house for an arty shot! This time a matching canvas!! 

And to finish…….. this month I was asked to contribute to a magazine! How exciting! But….the best bit? I got permission for two of the girls to be in print too in their handmade fleece ponchos. Don’t they look lovely? 

Pattern:SimplicitIy 1609

Fabric: 2metres from the Market Man (ยฃ10)

Notions:7 inch concealed zip, thread, bias binding

Wonky Factor: 10/10- I โค๏ธ  it!

Amanda ๐Ÿ’

Here’s a sneak preview of The Florrie…. See what I mean about the shoes????