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Simple Sew, Batwing Dress

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I’ve been a hive of sewing productivity having publicly pledged four makes on youtube this month, which is two more than my usual output!!! This deadline has really given me no chance to abandon a make mid project, something that had started to happen a bit too regularly.

This month has been unusually sewing busy for more reasons. I was asked to be part of the Simplicity Bloggers team. It literally boggles my mind how two years ago I could barely sew a complete item and knew no one else who sewed and now I’ve met the most amazing ladies who I feel are close friends and I’m trusted to participate in a bloggers team….and everyone, including me, bought the the sewing machine thinking it would just sit under my bed unused.

Now, here is my make for Simple Sew. The Batwing dress and jumper.

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Such a refreshingly quick make which took me; a procrastinating, tea drinking, biscuit break muncher, a day.

The Fabric

I got the fabric from White Tree Fabrics, some people might recognise this as an Art Gallery Fabric. Their fabric is pretty easy to spot. The colour really is this vibrant, I think I’m the loudest dressed person in the majority of rooms in this dress and that’s exactly how I want to dress this Autumn/Winter. I am determined to leave behind the greys and blacks that I automatically go for as soon as it gets dark earlier. The Iris film gave me an urge to stay away from buying black fabric and while I do have a piece or two in my stash, I’m going boldly to a brighter wardrobe.


The pattern

This is the Simple Sew pattern and keeping in mind I got the pattern and fabric for being their blogger an unbiased review is not going to happen! I will say I really enjoyed how fast and absolutely my style this pattern was. I made the dress a size 10, I needed to make the cuffs smaller but that was it. I’m learning that if a pattern has a batwing I’m drawn like a moth to a flame!

I made it much shorter because the fabric was so bold and it would have gotten a bit much having the big sleeves, a turtle neck AND a longer dress.


I’ve been enjoying reading peoples Autumn sewing plans (summer is really over!) and I think it might be the season I enjoy sewing for the most. I’m moving so I’m packing all my fabric, a respectable two boxes, and am dreaming up my next Autumn piece.

Happy sewing xx


Megan valero

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18 thoughts on “Simple Sew, Batwing Dress

  1. I know huh!?…I’m already planning an all white outfit in defiance if the “no white after labor day ” mess lol I like living on the edge 😂😅😊😉🙂🤗

  2. megsewing says:

    I wish I thought of wearing colours in winter sooner!! can’t wait to see your winter clothes. Winters alway make me feel depressed and I just reach for the greys/blacks out of habit xx

  3. megsewing says:

    Thanks Kate, I took a leaf out of your book, you’re definitely an inspiration for going bold with colours x

  4. megsewing says:

    haha It’s only that small because I couldn’t sneak my fabric without my husband finding out anymore haha

  5. Fabrickated says:

    Lovely fabric and a great decision on the length. I really love you in these colours. You look so pretty and vibrant Meg.

  6. so pretty!…I have always dressed in pretty, vibrant colors in the Winter because if I don’t I get totally depressed….the bright colors make me feel better so I rock em!….awesome fabric!….:)

  7. sil says:

    Looks really good on you. And the fabric – stripes and florals – yum!!

  8. Zoe says:

    Ah, I love it! It’s so fun.
    I am also very proud that you could fit all your fabric in two boxes, I probably could…if the boxes were huge haha.

  9. megsewing says:

    YES!!! That is exactly what I was thinking! Last year black and grey was my uniform and it matched my mood but I’m hoping bright colours can give me more of a lift when it gets dark, cold and miserable! haha 🙂

  10. megsewing says:

    Thank you! I was a right fabric, right pattern moment. So happy with the results 🙂

  11. megsewing says:

    Thank you! I just read that with stripe you should usually end with the darker colour but oh well! I think the flowers distracts from that haha and the end result is something I can’t wait to wear 🙂 xx

  12. Patricia Ann Holmes says:

    Looks Wonderful, really suits you, well done and thank you! x x

  13. What a vibrant fabric, really lifts off the dress!!

  14. erniek3 says:

    I wore the navy blue clothes in high school, the black clothes in college and the brown clothes until recently. And now I am intent on also being the brightest thing in the room. Life is hard, we need more cheer.

  15. megsewing says:

    Please borrow, my husband has resorted to sending me model pose guides so I’m not standing around awkwardly anymore hahaha xx

  16. I love it! So bright and breezy. Great new poses. I might need to borrow some. My elbow’s starting to ache!

  17. mumokio says:

    So bright and cheerful !

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