Zeena Sews With Parrot Paradise


Post by Zeena Shah

The fabric: Parrot Paradise Viscose Lawn

The pattern: Eloise from By Hand London


Hello everyone, 

It’s Zeena Shah here from @heartzeena and I’m super excited to be sharing my latest make and first post as one of Fabric Godmothers fabric ambassadors with you. I am a London based Art Director/ Stylist/ Author/ Illustrator and Print Designer and have been sewing since I was little having been taught by my mum. I’ve been making things ever since and am the author of How to Print Fabric, a book in which you can print and sew 40 different projects.


I adore the fabrics from Fabric Godmother and it’s always the first place I look for either a new pattern or dressmaking fabric. Josie the founder has such a great eye for pattern and colour I always find something special amongst her collection that I wouldn’t find anywhere else. I am especially drawn to her collection of ex-designer fabrics and anything with a print on.


I chose to make the By Hand London Eloise dress that i’d sewn once before and absolutely fallen in love with – it has the most incredible frills and I love a frill! It also fitted me perfectly and so I wanted to make one of the other two variations to wear over the summer. I love that with their patterns you will often get three patterns in one.


I chose variation one a sleeveless mid length dress with a frill finish at the bottom and a matching waist belt. After browsing the many gorgeous fabrics (it’s always so hard to chose!) I decided on a pink viscose lawn parrot print. It was so fun and colourful and floaty – perfect for a summer dress. I couldn’t resist the pink and parrots! It washed beautifully and was really easy to sew. It also drapes in such a lovely way and is a joy to wear.


If you’re using the Eloise pattern do make sure you have plenty of fabric as the frill uses A LOT more than I had expected but it does mean it’s very full and fabulous. Perfect for swishing around in. I also made a matching scrunchie using the fabric scraps so as not to waste any of those precious parrots.


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