Just Sew Helen's Sewing Diary

Hello & welcome to my Sewing Diary 🪡 a place to share my sewing plans & dressmaking, pattern & fabric reviews and pattern & fabric pairing inspiration, with snippets of tools, gadgets & notions that I use or desire.

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  1. A lady sitting in a garden next to a fence wearing a dress made using pattern Simplicity 8875.

    I received some beautiful viscose challis fabric from Minerva in navy with sand-coloured flowers.  As usual with viscose fabric it has a lovely drape & movement without being too thin and is perfect for the summer.  It is non stretch & smooth to the touch with a matte finish.  I like fabrics with small flowers that don’t have an obvious pattern direction and, for me personally, feel they can be worn more casually with pumps and a denim jacket but also dressed up should the occasion arise.