Mesa dress with ruffle

I’ve made the Mesadress from Seamwork magazine a couple of times when it came out teo years. It’s a nice t-shirt dress with a flattering shape to it. I hadn’t thought about this pattern in a while, but then I got this amazing stained window glass fabric and was in need of a simple pattern to show off this amazing print.

When researching the Mesadress on instagram I found this version with a ruffle added to the hem. I thought that this in combination with the stained glass fabric would lead to a Dolce & Gabbana kind of dress and I think I’m right 😉

The fabric is very slinky, so my ruffle doesn’t really stand out. But I’m pretty happy with it anyway!

I also got a very vibrant red jersey from the same shop and had intended that for a shirt, but the Mesadress seemed like a great match for this one too. I first tried it with just the ruffle on the hem.

The sleeves felt a bit too casual, so I ended up adding ruffles to those too!

I normally would never go for a dramatic sleeve like that, but I really like it!

For both dresses I just cut a band that was at least 1 1/2 times the circumference of the hem and gathered it with elastic cut to the same length of the hem itself. For the sleeves I doubled the length and gathered with gathering stitches. I attached the ruffle to the sleeve with a lightning stitch.


Review: subscription box from Sew Hayley Jane

For the past six months I’ve subscriped to the luxury sewing box from Sew Hayley Jane. As I always get a lot of questions on instagram about this box, I thought it would be nice to do a little review on this months’ box. I’m not in any way compensated for this review, you’re getting my own honest opinion.

There are three kinds of boxes to choose from. I chose the luxury box when I subscribed, because I wanted to start sewing with more expensive fabrics and those aren’t that easy to come by in my neck of the woods. I also like that you get matching thread and a suitable pattern. I wasn’t that interested in the haberdashery items, but so far I have been using them a lot and they’ve turned out to be a very nice addition for me. There’s also five fat quarters and a little treat every month. I’ve been using some of the fat quarters for things like bags. I’m practising zipper bags and I might make a quilt out of my favourite ones.

This is how the box arrives:

I’m always surprised by how nice it looks. You can tell how much care Hayley puts into the packaging. She handwrites a note every month:

I really like that little detail. And again, when I open the box I’m always delighted with how neat everything looks. This box travels overseas, yet everything looks pristine and nice. The haberdashery items are packed individually and again this is clearly done with a lot of care.

This month there was biastape (matching to the fabric), a little notebook, beeswax for handsewing, five fat quarters that fit this month’s theme of garden parties and as a little treat some raspberry jam.

The fabric was a very floaty georgette from Lady McElroy and perfectly suited for the Eve pattern from Sew Over It.

I don’t always use the fabric for the pattern of that month, I’ve made something else with 3 out of the six fabrics I got so far, but I do think fabric and pattern are a great match usually. I think I’m going to make the Eve dress with this fabric. Sometimes the fabric inspires me to try something I hadn’t thought of before. My first fabric finally got me to make one of my vintage patterns and another recent fabric finally got me to make a shirtdress, which I had been wanting to do for a while. I usually love the patterns. Out of the six patterns I’ve received so far only one didn’t really appeal to me. Most of the other patterns had actually been on my wishlist for a while. I think Hayley picks some great classics that are suitable for women of different shapes and sizes.

The fabric has been absolutely lovely to work with so far and I think this month will be no exception. Everything has been really high quality so far.

I would definitely recommend this subscription box. It oozes care and attention to detail every month and I’m excited to work with the contents every time. If you considering one of these boxes you can check the contents of previous boxes on the website and see if it suits you and your tastes. There’s a hashtag on instagram: #sewhayleyjanemakes so you can see some of the things other people make from their fabric.