I was itching to get back to sewing after our house move, numerous project lists expanding but procrastination started setting in amidst the unpacking and lockdown blues!
So, when I was asked to select some fabric from Jenny at Sew me Sunshine for this blog post, it certainly blew away the cobwebs and spurred me to get my sewing gear out. I excitedly started browsing the gorgeous fabric selection, spoilt for choice. I settled on the Canopy Cactus - Viscose Crepe with Lenzing™️ EcoVero™️ viscose fibres - Atelier Brunette.
I loved the colour and print, the green palms on the two-toned background reminding me of the sandy beaches of Mauritius. Having sewn with Atelier Brunette before, I was confident of the quality. I was also pleased that this fabric is more eco-friendly, aligning with my aim to develop a more sustainable approach to my sewing.
When I received my fabric, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The colours were as a true match, the material lovely and soft. I washed it as per the instructions on the website and it turn out great – always a relief when pre-washing precious fabric!
After contemplating several patterns, I settled on the Hinterland Dress by Meg McEwlee @sewliberated. Somewhat a risky choice as the pattern calls for more stable fabrics such as cotton or linen but this Viscose Crepe, although drapey, feels a bit thicker than normal viscose, so I decided to go for it.
I went for the full placket, ¾ sleeve version in a size 10/size 6 US – which asks for 3.1 metres of fabric (150 width). I was very mindful when cutting, minimising waste and was very pleased to have 90cm of fabric remaining, even with the skirt 5 inches longer!
Having made a few of Meg’s patterns, I love her slow making philosophy which enhances my sewing journey, making it less daunting to master new skills and avoid any overlocker disasters (especially with the trimmer!).
The fabric handled well and the neck and sleeve facings went on pretty easily – it was definitely less slippery to sew with than normal viscose. I still kept my iron close as the fabric does crease and basted the placket before top stitching.
New skill for me was buttons holes! The thought was daunting but after a few practices, I managed it pretty well. 10 buttons later and my dress was picture-perfect!
The swish is flawless and this piece can be worn as a dress or layered as a duster – great for experimenting with different looks. The fabric was a joy to work with and suited this pattern beautifully for a great spring make.
This fabric was gifted for this blog post and I receive a £50 gift voucher to spend in the Sew me Sunshine shop.