Oh, it feels so good to be sewing again! Not costumes or gifts, but, yes, selfish sewing 🙂
And this is a true revival – I made this dress way back in 2013, loved it, put on weight, lost weight, let my hair go white, and now it’s back. I’m just glad I kept the pattern!
This dress has delightful pockets, really stunning and beautifully drafted. Although the construction is much like a puzzle, the instructions are clear, and everything works out in the end.
Sewing the bodice is much the same as sewing a tee shirt. I admit, though, that I don’t use the double-layer funky neck band that comes with the pattern. Mine is simply bound with 1 3/4″ wide fabric cut across the stretch of the knit.
I sewed the size 10 (my 2013 version was size 14, primarily driven by my bust measurement, pre-removal of breast implants. Happy day, that decision).
I managed the dress with only 2 yards of 55″ wide fabric, nothing left over but plenty yardage for the pattern.
The dress is quite short, so I added 5″ to the length of the skirt and used a 3/4″ hem allowance.
Edited to include: And I reworked the front neckline using the Grainline Studio Lark tee. Raised it a couple inches. Thank you, Becky, for noting this is your comment!
No more changes!
It’s 58 degrees outside and I was freezing! Like those porch flip-flops?
I have a huge 14’w x 24’l screen porch that is largely empty but has all new Florida-bug proof screening. I bought 4 Christmas cactus because they are available now, and I was gifted my first orchid for Christmas.
Missing from my furniture shipment: my metal plant shelf unit and my watering can 🙂
I purchased this jacket pattern from Republique du Chiffon 5 years ago, and somehow it got lost in my stash. I love the 80’s vibe of the jacket, which is why I picked it up in the first place. Check it out – there are some beautiful versions to view online.
The line art below is from the currently available version. Mine, the original PDF, has applied pockets, which I really like on this casual semi-grunge style.
I used a cotton/tencel/lycra light-weight denim from Fabric Mart. The fabric has enough weight that I was able to skip the lining. It’s warm enough here in south Florida without any additional layers inside.
I drafted the size Small, and it’s a beautiful fit on my frame. However… I don’t see the PDF on the pattern site now, only a printed/envelope version. I noticed sizing changes that would definitely impact my purchase decision – the small is too small, the medium is too large. Sorry to be a bummer, but I might not go for it at 17 euros plus shipping from France.
I removed the ‘cocoon’ curve from the side seams, the silhouette is just not my thing.
The facings and hem bands are generous and perfect for finishing the jacket without lining.
I used 3/4″ buttons and buttonholes with rounded ends. Honestly, I didn’t even open the buttonholes because I won’t wear this buttoned. But I like the additional visual detail.
Small tip on making a perfect front curve on the bottom front edge…clip, check, clip, until the curve is even and flat with no lumps when it’s turned.
So, here’s lucky. Fabric Mart sent me an additional 8″ in length – I got the end of the bolt. I had just enough to make the matching capris I’m wearing in these pics. Now I have a casual suit as well 🙂
I’m not sure what I’ll sew next. Being the good Fabric Mart shopper that I am, I have 5 fabrics coming my way next week. Perhaps I’ll do a pair of True Bias Hudson pants, since I have a beautiful black matte jersey tempting me from my stash. I wear my leggings – Love Notions Sabrina Slims, Hudsons, and Pattern Emporium Harem pants – so much that I just keep on making them 🙂
I sewed my usual size large (bust measurement is only 33″) and again added 1″ to the length.
This fabric is a super soft midweight rayon French terry knit from Cali Fabrics. They have such a nice selection of this fabric…worth a look.
Truth time: it has so much horizontal stretch that I used my walking foot (not something I do often).
Next up, I paired the cardigan with pinwale corduroy Vogue 8584 loose pants.
I’ve been sewing this pattern for years, all the variations. Love it. I think it’s out of print, but I’ve seen it on Etsy and eBay.
I sewed the size 12, with no changes.
This beautiful stretch pinwale corduroy is from JoAnn (97% Cotton, 3% Spandex). My store had only two selections, but there are many more colors and prints available online. The little bit of stretch is great.
Hard to see, but there, I used the cute curved pockets sewn across the hip (goony pic follows).
Prepping the pockets took almost as much time as sewing the pants. But I really enjoy details. Not in the mood? just square the bottom corners.
Finishes – the hem and waistband casing:
I have another pair in the rust corduroy I used for my Utu skirt, also from JoAnn. BTW, a couple washings really soften this pinwale.
Up next, I ordered 3 beautiful shirting fabrics, so there are more Named Clothing Saraste shirts in my future!