Happily, it has not taken at all long to return to the delights of my sewing machine after a couple of weeks away, and I already have a finished make to show you!
It's the Lilou Dress from Tilly's book, Love at First Stitch, made as my second installment of the One Make a Month competition Janet is hosting on her blog, Kitchen Table Sewing.
First things first - I love this pattern. It strikes a good balance between the feminine and the practical, being suitable to wear tightless in summer months, but also up for layering over a long sleeved t shirt in colder weather. Plus, my version matches perfectly with one of my cardigans!
I picked the fabric up at Lauren's lovely shop, Guthrie and Ghani, where I met Tilly herself in May! So it seemed only right that I make this dress from that. I think it turned out really well!
I cut out the smallest size, and fit wise it's pretty good. The only issue I have is that it came out a couple of inches too large under my bust, where there seems to be a lot of excess fabric. But, to solve the problem, I made a matching bow belt, which tucks in the excess and adds an extra detail to the dress! I added a lining to the skirt as well, although not called for in the instructions, so it wouldn't stick to my tights. I'm glad I made the extra effort because I can see myself wearing this dress a lot in autumn and winter. All in all, I would call this a pretty successful make :)
Big thank you to Tilly for yet another well drafted pattern, to Lauren for the fabric, and my boyfriend David who took the photos.
What have you been making, please?