Hi I’m Vicky, I’ve been blogging via my Make Do Not Spend Challenge at www.sewabee.co.uk for nearly a year & Abakhan have now invited me to blog on their website. On December 1st 2010 I vowed to buy no new clothes or accessories and wear a different outfit every day for a whole year. The only concession I allowed myself is that I can buy material and make clothes to augment my existing wardrobe. Since I started sewing three years ago, Abakhan in Manchester has been one of my regular haunts and over the course of my blogs I’d like to share with you the items I have made using their range of fabrics.

One pattern – two different looks

Simplicity pattern 3833

This Simplicity pattern (3833) is a classic shift dress in a 1960’s retro style. I first made this dress in February with teal and brown leopard print material, leopard print is a classic in my book and I have it in a wide range of colours. I love the colour teal and again I had a lot of pieces in my wardrobe that would tone in with the material. In this photo I have teamed it with teal leggings from Florence and Fred and a brown leather jacket from Warehouse. I have also worn it with brown leggings and a fur shrug, changing the overall look of the outfit is in keeping with my challenge and also means that I can wear dresses more than once.

Simplicity pattern 3833

When I was at Abakhan over the summer, I fell in love with this gorgeous electric blue and silver material - I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it but I knew I had to have it. As you can see from the photo I had the perfect tights and shoes to go with it! The more I thought about it the more I felt the style of the dress had to be quite plain in order to show the material off and let it speak for itself. So when I went back to my sewing class in September this was my first project. I opted for the short sleeved version of the dress and I think the pattern really suits the material.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first blog for Abakhan, please let me know what you think about the dresses I’ve made and why not keep up to date with my ‘Make Do Not Spend Challenge’ on my website.

Many thanks, Vicky.