Holiday Heathers 

A week away meant lots of opportunity for photos with pretty backdrops, so this post is just to show you two more Sew Over It Heather dresses. They are both quite colourful, made of scuba type fabrics from Fabworks at around £5pm. I’d got 2m of the darker print but have also figured out it’s possible to squeeze a Heather out of 1.5m as long as it’s fairly wide – I should have taken a photo, but I basically folded the two selvedges to the middle & placed the centre front and back pieces on each side, with the side panels just below and neckband beneath one. I then refolded the fabric in half for the sleeves. Again I added 3 and 4 inches length to each of these dresses, and the one using 1.5m of fabric might be a squeeze if you wanted full length sleeves, but I was happy with three quarter sleeves on that one. I’d cut out my third Heather at home but sewed it up on holiday in Scotland, where it also got its debut. Perfect for when it’s still warm enough for bare legs but when you appreciate having your arms and shoulders covered, without the hassle of wearing a cardigan or jacket. I found scuba very easy to sew with, and am sure these dresses will cope well with cold weather once teamed with tights. I found that the neckband stands up slightly on the grey/pink/turquoise one in particular, even though I increased the seam allowance in attempt to pull it in – I did the same on the shoulder seams which on reflection probably negated my intended adjustment. One to remember next time! Whilst away I visited Rachel and her gorgeous shop Holm Sewn. I knew there was some graffiti next to her shop that I wanted a photo with, so I headed for that first. When I then went into the shop she said she thought she’d seen someone wearing a Heather dress go past, which made me smile. The ‘I 🖤 CD’ in the photo is Castle Douglas, the location of Holm Sewn. I had a really nice chat with Rachel and treated myself to a couple of patterns and some fabric, all of which I’m hoping to get to grips with soon. As suggested by the photos, much of my week away consisted of being outdoors walking the dogs, under largely grey skies – although it was warm. There really isn’t a whole lot more to say about my now trio of Heathers. I almost cut out a fourth while I was away but have so far resisted (do I need four versions of the same dress?) – I plan to trace off and cut out my newly purchased Camber Dress next. I would love to hear if you’ve sewn up one or more Heathers, and whether you’re indulging in any bank holiday sewing, or if you’re simply outside enjoying the sunshine. 

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Heather Heather 

The summer break from school, combined with the first signs of autumn and a couple of newly acquired patterns, means I’ve recently sewn up several garments. Two have been photographed, two are finished and ready for photos and another is cut out so I can begin sewing it up. I’ll be blogging them in no particular order.

I bought the Sew Over It Heather PDF when there was a 30% off sale, and unusually for me got it printed, taped and cut out quickly. This is actually my second Heather, but the first to be blog ready.


It has huge pockets which make it a cosy make – but may mean the fit looks a little odd on some of the photos! 

I added 3 inches to the length of this one, and went for the three quarter sleeves, a length I really like, especially for when the weather is chilly but not properly cold. 

The sleeves seem to go in so easily on this pattern, though I may nip a tiny bit more out of the neckband next time ~ I feel like a little excess fabric can make it appear a little square on this version. I used a lilac/grey (heather, if you will!) jersey that I think I may have bought at Sew Up North last year. Sewing with jersey (successfully) is still a huge novelty for me, so I’m really pleased with how this turned out.


I cut out a size 12 but kept the seam allowances to 1cm. I used the overlock stitch on my sewing machine to finish all of the seams, and am really happy with how neat this made the insides. 


I’ve already worn this dress a few times – it just seems so easy to throw on, and perfect for the current climate. I already have a third Heather cut out and fabric on standby for a fourth. These photos were taken in Sheffield, during a visit to a pub for a lovely lunch with my mum and dad – thanks Mum for taking the pics! 

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