Hello, and welcome to my blog.

My name is Lavender George and I love to make things. I have been painting, creating and crafting since a small child, firstly from sheer pleasure, and when my children were small, and money was tight, from necessity. Now I hope to make art my main source of income and keep the sewing, crochet and knitting for fun.
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Friday, 6 May 2011

A Love-ly Empire Summer Dress

I've just made myself a new summer dress in a soft polyester fabric that's printed with words of love - in French. Ooh la la. I used my favourite pattern, which is Butterick B5245, should you wish to give it a go. I added side seam pockets to my version, made by simply drawing around my hand to make a pocket pattern and leaving a gap in the side seams where I want the pockets positioned and sewing them in. Also, instead of the short sleeve from the pattern, which was a bit too short and didn't quite cover my dinner lady arms, I traced the sleeve pattern onto new paper and added a couple of inches in length to make it more flattering. This is a brilliant pattern though, which I have used to make winter dresses in stretch and crushed velour and now in a summer weight polyester. It's so easy to make it only takes a couple of hours to run up, and I'm looking forward to wearing it.

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