I think I made have sewn my all time favourite dress with this Simplicity 2219 pattern and simply stunning fabric from Tessuti Fabrics. The colours are so my style and the pattern is just beautiful. The moment I saw this fabric I lusted after it until it was mine!
The fabric is called Aqua Haven Punto and is an Italian ponte knit made up of 65% viscose 30% polyamide 5% elastane which was 145cms wide and around $59 a metre so I had to think very hard about what pattern I was going to use and how much I needed to buy.
I made sure I pre-washed the fabric in cold water before I cut out my pattern just in case there was any shrinkage. My washing machine must have been a bit dirty as there was a bit of dirt left on the white part of my fabric so I actually washed it twice.
This fabric has a lovely weight to it which I simply love. It skims over your body and doesn’t show every bulge so it’s very flattering. I imagine the fabric will last longer than a flimsy one because it is heavier.
The Simplicity 2219 pattern was a great pattern to sew. The instructions were clear and I love the bell sleeves, A-line skirt and gathering detail around the bust. I’d definitely recommend this pattern and I will use it again.
As I’ve explained before it’s sometimes hard to find time to sit at the sewing machine so this dress was made over many sessions. I definitely didn’t rush it and perhaps that is why it turned out so well!
I’ve been saving this dress for a special occasion and actually only wore it out last weekend to our good friend’s 50th birthday party. I made the birthday cake, you can take a look at it here, so was a bit nervous carrying it in as it was quite heavy and I didn’t want icing and chocolate all over my new favourite dress.
My blog and social media needed a new profile photo as my last one was two years old so this is my new profile photo now. I created a fun little backdrop with some serviette flowers with button centres and stuck them to some backing paper to hang up behind me for the photo shoot. I’ll share a little tutorial for you to make your own soon if you’re interested. I’ve used these serviette flowers at parties before and they look great.
Pretty patterned serviettes are readily available these days and come in some great patterns to make very pretty flowers with. Serviette folding is a little craft I’ve always done and I’ve been known to whip up a serviette Opera House to keep the kids entertained whilst they wait for their food at restaurants. Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to teach you how to make them too. It makes a great party trick!