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The Passiflore Dress Part 3- Q&A with Vicki and Rebekah

We hope you enjoyed reading about Vicki and Rebekah’s experience of making the Passiflore dress. We love how they have used the same view and type of fabric but have 2 very different looks. 

We asked them about their experience and found out a bit more about each of them. 

 

Tell us about your sewing journey?

Rebekah: I started sewing just over 5 years ago after watching the Sewing Bee and reading a book about a dressmaker called ‘The Dress’ by Kate Kerrigan. I’ve always had an interest in arts and crafts so decided to take up this new hobby. Sewing also runs in my family, my great aunt used to make all her own clothes and costumes for school plays in the school she taught English. I really do love being able to switch off from technology and just use my hands. It’s so satisfying being able to make something yourself. 

I initially learnt with a local sewing business called Colour and Cloth. I loved learning with Christine and it gave me the skills and confidence to get started in my sewing journey. Since then I have tried different patterns, fabrics and learnt from our wonderful sewing community. 

Vicki: My first introduction to sewing was back as a child, my Gran had a vintage hand crank Singer and used to show me how to thread it and sew straight lines. I always dabbled at attempting to teach myself to make little bits here and there - cushions and tote bags.

When I got engaged back in 2014 I had a crazy idea to teach myself garment sewing so I could make my wedding dress (I’ve always been quite on the ambitious side!) The wedding dress didn’t work out, but it was an excellent learning curve. Then in 2016 I found out I was pregnant and wanted to make things for my daughter so I dived into making baby clothes. After having Iris I desperately needed an entire new wardrobe, and that is when I really fell down the rabbit hole of sewing my own wardrobe. I met a good friend, fellow mum, and sewing enthusiast, George, who gave me lots of encouragement and inspiration. I not only found sewing to be necessary for practicality, but it also gave me something that was just for ‘Me’, and it’s allowed me to find a love for clothes and my body, which is something that I’ve been really challenged with up until quite recently.

 

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Vicki (V): 

I really love documenting my makes, I like to be able to share all the details of sewing, from the fit alterations to an honest (and hopefully helpful) review of the pattern and the fabric. I’m a self taught sewist, without having had even one single lesson, and I’ve found other people’s blogs so helpful and informative in my own sewing, I like to be able to give something back to others in hope to inspire, inform and encourage. I find it gives me the encouragement and push to sometimes try things out of my own comfort zone. It also gives my mind a focus on one specific project, because I am very good at getting distracted!!

Vicki previously made the True Bias Shelby dress in one of our Fabric Godmother viscose for a YouTube sewalong, and the Sew Over It Sorrento Jacket in our Wetherby Denim (linked at the bottom of the page).

Rebekah (R): I started blogging around the start of 2020. The thing I enjoy most about blogging is it encourages me to put myself out there and try a new fabric or pattern I may not have tried before. It’s a great opportunity to push the boundaries. 

 

Rebekah made the True Bias Lander Pants in our Wetherby Denim for a previous blog post. Linked at the bottom of the page. 

What is your favourite feature of the Passiflore?

R: Although I did have a little trouble with the collar, getting it neat and understanding the instructions, I do love the design of the collar and lapel. It’s really quite beautiful. 

V: I really love the style of collar, the details of the belt, buttons, and the cuffs on the sleeves.

 

What is your least favourite sewing task that you always put off? 

R: It used to be buttonholes but in general I would say it is tracing. Tracing isn’t my favourite task at all. I just want to cut that pretty fabric! But I also don’t want to always cut up my printed pattern. So if I am to do some tracing, then I try to trace a few patterns at a time. 

V: Gathering!!! (Although I don’t protest as much anymore as I do love the look of gathers and I’m slowly finding my favourite method of doing it, which is making it more enjoyable.)

 

Did you enjoy sewing with Tencel?

V: Yes, I really love the feel of the Tencel, it’s lovely and soft on the skin, and has a beautifully drapey handle. I might have already purchased some more!! (But more on that below)

R: I did enjoy sewing with it. It behaved really well when cutting and sewing it on the machine. I would definitely sew with it again. I think even if you are a beginner having sewed a few garments, you could give this a go. While it has drape to it, it is stable on the machine. 

 

Would you make this pattern again?

R: At the moment, no I wouldn’t make this pattern again. I might try the top version in the distant future. But for now I couldn’t work with the instructions again. But please don’t let this affect your decision if you like the pattern. We each like different patterns and some patterns work better for others. This one just didn’t work for me mixed in with my serious lack of sewjo. 

V: This pattern wasn’t smooth sailing, details in my previous blog, but yes, I would. I really love this garment as a light jacket and it’s going to get a lot of wear, so I would make another if I found the right fabric again.

 

 

What is the best sewing tip/trick you have ever learnt?

V: There are two tools which have been absolute game changers for me. Firstly is the Edge guide that came with my sewing machine. I’ve also seen these called ‘bulky seam aids’ and ‘jean-a-ma-jig’. It’s a little tool which you can put in between your presser foot and the fabric and it levels out the presser foot for you so you don’t get any of those very annoying tiny little or long stitches where the foot has either got stuck or slips. I use this ALL the time, either for going over bulky seams, turning corners on pocket top stitching, or at the start of the fabric.

The second thing I love is the Frixion pens from Pilot, they write like a biro, but they are removed by heat. I’d been looking for the perfect marking tool for a long while and my friend George (@g_sew_exhausted) recommended them, they are perfect for everything (except dark fabrics).

R: It might be an old one or cliche but you know what, it’s so important and can still catch out some of the most experienced sewists. That one is to measure twice, cut once. I bet most of us could recount a time when we’ve realised a mistake after just cutting and running out of fabric.

 

What is your current favourite fabric from The Rag Shop?

R: It’s so hard to choose a favourite from The Rag Shop. It’s one of those websites where you could just keep filling your basket, Steph has great taste in picking fabrics.

One of my favourites has to be the Sage Bamboo Jersey. I would love to make a Closet Core Ebony Top by Closet Core Patterns in it. I have made a couple previously, so quick to make and I think this fabric would be perfect for it. 

V: Think it’s got to be the Epic Spectacle Cotton Lawn, I love the abstract artistic design. The theme of women, and the colour palette, it’s just perfect!

 

What is next on your ‘to-sew’ list?

R: Next on my list is the Megan Nielsen Hovea Coat. I plan to make View C which is a more Winter version. I have a beautiful duck egg coloured vegan wool coating in my fabric stash which I have been saving for this Winter. I also have a few other projects cut out that I would like to clear after my coat before cutting any more fabric. 

V: Well, I’m definitely one of those people that has way too many projects on the go, my mind is a little bit like a butterfly flitting from one thing to the next! The thing that I’m probably most excited about at the moment is my most recent purchase from The Rag Shop. I am going to be making a shirt from the Spectacle Cotton Lawn. I'm thinking of heavily hacking the Anna Allen Anthea Blouse to have sleeves similar to the Irma shirt by I Am Patterns, and adding the collar and collar stand from the Kalle Shirt by Closet Core. I then also got some of the Cheshire Brick Tencel (now sold out but may be back soon) to make another pair of Untitled Thoughts Chandler Pants to go with the shirt, it’s a perfect combination.

Thank you for stopping by to read our interview with Vicki and Rebekah. Make sure you check out their previous blogs and follow them on their social media channels.

 

Rebekah- Instagram @sewno65

Previous blogs- Passiflore and Landers 

 

Vicki- Instagram @whatvickimade

Youtube- What Vicki Made

Previous blog- Passiflore

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