The Totally Tropical Fern Dress

I’ve been sewing and crafting for many, many years. Ever since I was a little girl and could hold a needle, I’ve been making things.

When I created my Wanderstitch blog at the start of 2017, at the grand old age of 32, I wasn’t exactly sure where it would go – would people want to read what I wrote, or look at what I made? I’m pretty sure the only person in my life so far that had read anything I had written was my high school English teacher, and that definitely wasn’t because she *wanted* to read it.

When I first learned to sew, there wasn’t such a thing as Google or YouTube that you could look at to help you on your way. You just kind of figured it out. Or read big scary looking books. Or asked a grandmother or mother who would have learned the skills at school. There wasn’t the amazing forums we have now, or Instagram, or Facebook to look at all the wonderful things other people were making. Unless you could see the garment in person, or in a photo, the only handmade things you ever got to see were your own.

I realise that I’m a little (ok VERY) late to the blogging party, and the Instagram one too for that matter. But I’m here now – I guess it’s better late than never – and boy am I glad I turned up. The responses, feedback and encouragement of the sewing community has been overwhelming, and I do an actual little happy dance when someone reads my blog or likes one of my pictures on social media. I was excited to get my first reader and I’m just as excited for every new one that comes along. It’s a brilliant community to be part of.

So without further ado I’m pleased to say that I’ve written my first guest post, for the Minerva Crafts blog. Woooo! To me this is A Very Big Deal. I know people probably guest post all the time in the blogging world and are nonchalant about the whole thing, but I’m properly excited about it.

To read it, head over the Minerva Crafts blog here and check out even more pictures of the dress and the beautiful springtime flowers of Greenwich Park!


Coming up next week on the blog… Butterick by Gertie B6453 in a summery embroidered chambray 😍 Subscribe below to make sure you don’t miss out!

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  1. June 25, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    A beautiful dress that looks stunning on you!

    • Sarah
      June 25, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Sarah! I love that it matches with my hair πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

  2. June 26, 2017 / 7:13 am

    The dress looks great and suits you well. The finishing of the neckline and armholes are beautiful made. Congratulation with your first guest Minerva craft post. I always looking forward to your next make and like to see which fabric you’ve been using, shoes you’re wearing and your hair-do.

    • Sarah
      July 1, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Thanks Sonja! Summer seems to be vanishing here though so I’m not sure I’ll be getting much wear out of this dress πŸ™ I’ve just recently bought a couple of new pairs of shoes (eBay bargains!) so keep your eyes peeled!!

  3. June 28, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Well, let me just say, you’re definitely high up in my list of ‘must read’ bloggers Sarah!!!! Keep doing what you’re doing! X

    • Sarah
      June 28, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Ahhh thank you lovely Sarah! I will keep going don’t worry! 😘

  4. June 28, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Ooh, that’s gorgeous! Congrats on blogging for Minerva. I have my first make for them coming up in a couple of weeks, and fabric for more winging its way to me. Yay, free fabric!

    • Sarah
      June 28, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Ahh thanks! And yay that you are doing it too! Can’t wait to see it! I have my second make for them in the works too πŸ™‚ exciting isn’t it!

  5. astridbreel
    July 24, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    That’s a beautiful dress!! Your blog is definitely one of my favourites πŸ™‚ In fact, I may have to get some of that fabric – those colours are stunning! I’ve not worked with viscose before – would you say it’s a good one to start with? I was think a pair of floaty summer trousers. Also great tip on the sew in interfacing πŸ™‚

    • Sarah
      July 24, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Ahh thank you! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the blog πŸ™‚ Viscose is easy enough to actually sew, it’s just the cutting out part that can be a bit tricky! Especially on this dress where the pieces were just *so* big, it was hard to keep everything where it should be. I recommend cutting out your pieces single layer to avoid any surprises! And I think this fabric would look amazing as floaty summer trousers – go for it! A little spray starch as you iron out the fabric (before cutting) would help keep it under control too πŸ™‚

      • astridbreel
        July 25, 2017 / 9:58 pm

        It’s full of inspiration!! So much so I’ve just ordered the same fabric you used πŸ™‚ Spray starch is a great idea, thank you!

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