opter outer

The Farrow might just be my favourite tent dress to date but it took me a while to come to this conclusion. The final hooks were finding this sumptuous needlecord and stumbling across Ivy Arch’s glorious interpretation. More thoughts loosely connected with sewing are now up on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. And here are some visuals – happy snaps from a Cornish idyll.



12 thoughts on “opter outer

  1. So lovely! I really hadn’t thought of altering the neckline to do away with the back opening before but I shall definitely try this on my next Farrow as it actually looks more flattering too (it’ll be a new draft of it in another way as I plan to add a bust dart and FBA it soon so the neckline adjustment will perhaps help balance the increased volume of fabric up top as it were) Thanks so much for the tip, I think it’s going to be very useful. Also I haven’t seen Ivy Arch’s Farrow either before and have gone a bit drooly! The cottage you stayed at looked magical! X

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    1. Thank you – I’m so glad you like it! I wouldn’t have dared to tinker with that neckline either, until I saw Ivy Arch’s dress and I felt like I’d been given ‘permission’! You are very clever with all your adjustments and pattern enhancements. I can appreciate that it takes a lot of skill to sew in the way you do and I really admire your creativity and how you personalise everything so that’s it becomes inseparable from who you are. As for my holiday – it was just idyllic and I’ve been hankering for the lazy luxury of having day upon day at my disposal to do as I please. Back to full time work and I’m hankering for less week and more weekend 🙂 x


  2. love that fabric and that dress – great combination – have not come across patterned needlecord, looks so versatile as does the pattern (pockets – winner). your cornish idyll looks beautiful – perfect all round!

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    1. Patterned needlecord was a bit of a revelation to me too Eimear! So beautiful to work with. I was worried it might be too heavy for this pattern but it isn’t at all – it feels the perfect combination to me so I’m very glad you like the pairing. As for the the pockets on this pattern, they are so cleverly constructed – simple and yet striking. I can see more Farrow’s in my future but it will be a while before I find any fabric to equal this 🙂

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    1. How lovely of you to say Sohpie – I’ve been feeling far from inspirational at the moment! So it’s very comforting to know that even when I struggle to see the value in things I put out there, that others do. I’m very glad you are a part of my sewing community 🙂 x


  3. Oh, you’ve totally sold me! Love your version. I’ve been umming and ahhing for a while over purchasing this pattern (it ain’t cheap, but I am), but I think I have to have it. I actually wanted to make a winter version out of some cool vintage fabric I have, but I missed that boat. Now your version will inspire a summer make I hope xx

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  4. Ahh – I’m so glad you like it – I can sooo see you in this silhouette 🙂 I think I will have to make a summer version too. On that score, when I made a cotton toile it was very voluminous so I think it would be good to find something with a bit of ‘drape’. xx


  5. I was so lucky to see your latest creation before it appeared here and it’s even more beautiful than the picture can convey. The shades suit your colouring so well and you always manage to find the most unusual scenes for the background.X

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    1. Ahhh thank you 🙂 I think this is one of my absolute favourites. I’ve definitely worked out my colours and had a wardrobe cull to get rid of all the less than totally complementary shades. Everyday should be a celebration of our colours I reckon. Lots of love xx


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