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I'm forever sewing ruffles! - Jen Walker

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Hello again Brother fans! Jen here, from sewing blog The Gingerthread Girl. I just wanted to stop by to spill the beans on my latest adventures with my Brother sewing machine. I have been having a blast up in the sewing room, getting to grips with gathering. 

I love how this simple sewing technique takes a straightforward seam, and gives it an oomph of girly ‘flounciness’ - perfect for floating through the summertime in! 

The pattern I chose was the Deer & Doe Myosotis dress (version A). I was immediately drawn to the tiered ruffles of the skirt, and those gorgeous sleeves! 
I had this lovely linen/viscose blend lilac fabric from Sew Me Sunshine in my stash, and I decided this would make the perfect summer dress. The perfect pairing for this pattern! 

When it came to the gathers themselves, I decided to opt for the classic method of sewing 2 rows of long stitches in order to pull and create the gathered-up bunches of fabric along the seams. Another method I have used in the past …

Liberty Print Well’s Bay Bikini by Fiona Parker

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This project is the one thing from my handmade holiday wardrobe wish list that I regret not getting finished back in January. I had the pieces all cut out but sadly ran out of time before we flew to South Africa. The pattern is the basic bikini Well's Bayfrom Halfmoon Atelierand I absolutely adore the clean and minimal aesthetic of it. The most exciting thing about the pattern is that it is completely reversible, so you are effectively getting two bikinis in one! There are no fiddly fastenings to contend with either, as it simply ties at the back.

The minimalist design is perfect for showcasing a special swimwear print, which is exactly what I chose with this Argyll print swim fabricfrom the Liberty range at The Fabric Store. There are some amazing prints on their website, and I have at least one more squirrelled away! What I love about them is the quality of the fabric base, which is dense and matte, and that the print retains its vibrancy and clarity when stretched. I previously…