Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281) and a haircut!

Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281) Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281)

Simplicity 2281

Simplicity 2281

Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281)

Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281)

A new dress! This one was made with Jewel of Brooklyn Dress kit from Kollabora, that consisted of Simplicity 2281, a Cynthia Rowley Collection pattern, and 2 m of 100% silk Solid Crepe de Chine from Mood Fabrics.

Since I didn’t really want the dress in two colors like the Kollabora version, I asked for the color Tango Red, Tara from Kollabora was really helpful to accommodate my request.

Simplicity 2281 is a sweet dress with gathered neckline, hidden pockets and gathered tulip skirt. I made view A in size 6 on bust and hip, size 8 on waist. Other than my usual adjustments, I also left off the back ties and adding center back seam for invisible zipper. This way I can adjust the sides later if I need to (which I did). Still too lazy for making a muslin first I suppose….

Pattern alteration:

  • shortening upper front and back bodice 1 cm
  • shortening midriff front and back 2 cm
  • swayback adjustment on upper back bodice 1 cm
  • discarded the ties and added center back seam to midriff back and skirt back for invisible zipper.

After sewing my first silk dress, I’m not afraid of silk anymore! This crepe de chine was easier to work with than the previous silk, it went smoothly under my sewing feet and was surprisingly a lot more stabler that I have imagined. So, no problem at all with the fabrics.

The instructions are quite clear although I didn’t really follow the instructions order, which called for finishing the bodice and lining it first before attaching the skirt. As I wanted to be able to alter the sides later, the side seams were sewed the last. After fitting, I did have to pinch the sides about 1.5 cm on each side from armhole to the waist. I also lowered the neckline about 1.5 cm. No further fitting alterations other than those two, I guess all the pattern alterations have worked quite well.
Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281) Red silk dress (Simplicity 2281)

Dress pattern and supplies are Jewel of Brooklyn Dress from Kollabora.

My Kollabora project page.

Snood Dogg

Snood dogg

Snood Dogg

Several months ago, I was invited by Nora Abousteit, BurdaStyle co-founder, to have a first look at her new creative community, Kollabora.

It is a social platform for people who loves DIY and crafting, where they can share projects and connect with each other. Kollabora has sewing, knitting, and jewelry making communities and is planning to expand into many more DIY communities. It also has a market place where people can buy DIY supplies and kits for their project.

I love that they have DIY kits! They are wonderful for people who has just started crafting or just want to start a project without all the trouble finding the supplies.

I was offered to try one of the kits and I chose the Snood Dogg by Wool and The Gang. It is a giant cowl, knitted with extra thick wool and 15 mm needles. I haven’t been knitting for sometime so it is perfect for me as a starter project.

The kit arrived with this content:

  • 2 balls of WATG’s 100% Peruvian Wool in Sandy Beige
  • 1 pair of 15mm (US:19) wooden needles
  • 1 Snood Dogg pattern
  • 1 knitter’s sewing needle.
  • 1 WATG goody
Snood Dogg Kit

Snood Dogg Kit

However, it was summer when the kit arrived so I didn’t start the project until a few days ago. It was my first time knitting with such huge needles, the wooden needles were as big as drum sticks! They were also the most beautiful needles I’ve ever seen. I love how the thick yarn creates a wonderful texture. The knitting itself was pretty easy, it was just knit and purl all around and all the two balls were consumed after several nights of knitting.

I really love the result! The yarn is so warm and soft. It will certainly be a part of my everyday outfit this winter!


Snood dogg Snood dogg
Snood dogg Snood dogg

Pattern and supplies are the Snood Dogg by Wool and The Gang.

My Kollabora project page.