Firstly, I was absolutely flabbergasted when Sew Me Sunshine asked me, yes me to write a blog for them using fabric from their collection. It's no secret that Sew Me Sunshine is one of my favourite online shops and yes, most shopped at!
However, the Honeycomb Dress is aimed at beginners; make sure your fabric choice is matched to that because using viscose satin is no easy make, even for an experienced sewist like me. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, right?
Viscose Satin is a fairly new fabric for me to work with but rather than bowing at the challenge and opting out I put my head down and got on with it. Cutting the fabric out had its challenges as I used all the weights I could get my hands to stop this fabric from shifting.
Next came overlocking. I know viscose has a tendency to fray like nobody's business and this is how I normally finish the insides of garments. It may seem lazy to some but this works for me and it's fine as I'm wearing the garments.
When it came to the burrito method on the yoke, I had to pause for a moment. There's something about the whole thing that makes my brain go all spaghetti-like, even though this is my fourth or fifth burrito to date. Fortunately, Ana has a youtube channel where she talks you right through the honeycomb. I must have spent about 30 mins going over the burrito method until it clicked, for this make!
Once I had got the burrito method, the rest of the make was fairly straightforward. I knew with this fabric, I just had to use some of my pigeon wishes buttons that I've been collecting. I used the botanical shirting buttons, which just compliments the pink in the fabric beautifully. Now, with most buttonholes I do use fray check, It's great stuff and prolongs your garments' life.
It's definitely been a challenge but for me, it's been good. I knew this fabric had a bit of wildness with sass to it and that it does!
*Emma was provided the fabric of her choice and pattern free of charge for her blog post & she was provided with a £50 voucher as payment for her time*