Legends 2.0 Dress by Stay and Stitch

Stay and Stitch was formerly known as Sew Straight and Gather but had a recent rebranding along with some updates to their current patterns and Terri also redrafted all her blocks in doing this.

I noticed in my recent move that I am lacking a number of essential wardrobe pieces that still fit but are also still “fashionable”. I also did put a lot of clothes in the refashion piles, well three tubs to be exact, so there is definitely space for new clothes.

I really needed an “LBD” for colder weather and so was fortunate to test* the Legends 2.0 pattern and use up some more fabric from my stash but I didn’t really have any suitable black fabric so went with what I believe is some manhattan crepe knit in olive (95% poly/ 5% elastane). I made view A, the straight dress with long sleeves. I wasn’t sure if long sleeves would make it look too dark considering I made the calf length version. There is also a tunic and knee length option. Sleeve length can also be made up in 3 other lengths and view B is more of a swishy, lose fitting, flared style.

I went for a size medium but graded to a large at my hips and below. I wanted to make sure it fit well and am happy with the results. Shame on me as I didn’t do a muslin first otherwise I would have realised I needed a sway back adjustment but it won’t stop me from wearing this dress. I really like this style collar, more than I though I would actually.

As I am trying to slow my sewing and be neater both inside and out, I am a little bummed I didn’t think ahead to serge all my side seams before putting the dress together. This is because I opted to do the side vents and serging each seam once the dress is sewn isn’t as neat as I’d like. Additionally it may be easier to do at the start if you decide to do the optional pockets. I omitted them as this view is quite form-fitting and my fabric was thin, so probably wouldn’t have been a favorable outcome.

The update is FREE to all customers that previously purchased this pattern, check your account. Otherwise the Legend 2.0 is on sale from Friday 3rd July – 11th at 30% off.

I’m glad this is in rotation now and am pleasantly surprised how much I like it that I’m sure you will too.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

Linea A-Line Skirt by Wardrobe By Me

It’s time for me to start thinking about my winter wardrobe because there are definitely gaps. The tester* call for the Linea A-line skirt (**affiliate link) by Wardrobe By Me had me thinking of a warm winter midi skirt I could wear with boots but when I was fabric shopping nothing really caught my eye.

I saw some sierra manhattan crepe knit (95% polyester/5% elastane) and thought this would make the skirt trans-seasonal anyway and the fact that it is an unusual colour for me to wear would challenge me. This skirt pattern requires stretch fabric as it has an elastic waist and the pocket edges need interfacing to stop them stretching out, which is also mentioned in the instructions. I chose to make a size 12 view B which has pockets, in the longer skirt option although there is a shorter skirt (view A). View C is a flounce skirt, equally as cute too. The front and back panels are made up of two pattern pieces sewn together down the middle. I wasn’t sure whether to top stitch or not on either side of the seam as I didn’t want to ruin my skirt. In the end I did and am happy with the resulting skirt.

               

I tried styling it with a white top however I wore this to easter lunch with a black long sleeve top, tights and boots, and felt quite chic in both. Maybe it will be quite a versatile colour after all.

I like a-line skirts as they are flattering but the little details on this pattern elevate it to an awesome pattern. My future sewing goal for this skirt is to get my wool version sewn up before winter is over.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

#204 Ladies Spring Dress by Thread Faction Studio

As a pear shaped woman I don’t know why I am drawn to wiggle dresses. I think mentally I am adding less bulk to my frame this way so have a series of more fitted dresses to blog about. The #204 Ladies Spring Dress by Thread Faction Studio has been released as part of a Sew Fab Pattern Bundle Sale which ends on the 15th April 2019. The way it works is that the more patterns you buy the more you save, and there are some great savings to be had.

So I tested* the #204 Ladies Spring Dress in the knee length pencil skirt version, size L. My first version during testing was too tight in a M but also may have been due to my fabric choice. For this version I used aubergine manhattan crepe knit (95% polyester/5% elastane), not a colour I would normally wear but really love it.

The dress pattern comes in sizes XXS to XXL and is also available as a party length 3/4 circle skirt or knee length 1/2 circle skirt. The bodice is fitted and the neckline is stabilized with elastic, the armholes finished with basic binding, and the cowl and skirt are finished with simple hems. This dress is really quick to sew and is so versatile and can suit multiple occasions. I didn’t make any fit alterations during construction.

It’s not at all restrictive across the upper body but I think I will tack down the cowl overlay in a few places as mine has a tendency to roll a bit, again possible a fabric issue as the stretch factor may be a bit low. I think it would also make a really nice formal dress with some shiny/glittery fabric.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part..

 

 

Getting Creative….. Not on the blog titles though! Here’s Vogue 8896

I’m not one to think of catchy titles and neither do I expect a big following with this blog but this is my own journey about what I make and do and how to get better at it.

I got inspired to make a wrap dress because (a) I don’t own one, and (b) I’ve been watching the House of DVF (Diane von Furstenberg) so why not give it a go. I used to be a jeans and top girl but lately reaching for a dress is far easier and quicker and thumbs up for minimal ironing. Vogue 8896 Front       Vogue 8896 back

So straight to sewing. The first make I am posting is a Vogue 8896 wrap dress with bias bodice and a flared skirt. Recommended for moderate stretch knits. I made view A but don’t know how I feel about shorter dresses these days, probably because I spend most of my day chasing rugrats around, although the finished garment isn’t as short as I thought it would be so that’s a bonus.

The fabric I used was a stretch crepe knit 147cm wide and I had 2m and used a ball point needle with a regular straight stitch. I cut a size 14 and I’m normally a size 12 (Australian) RTW. I really would like a maxi version of this but it requires 3.7m of fabric and I don’t really need to add to the stash quite yet.

It was probably too stretchy for this project however I think the shortVogue 8896 wrap skirt skirt version stops it from being weighed down too much. Everything went together quite smoothly and I followed the instructions as per the pattern. I wasn’t sure whether to make the dress sleeveless or add sleeves and cut them out and basted them on but I thought the versatility of having a sleeveless dress and layering in the colder months might be more beneficial. The fabric is slightly see through however with a slip all is well and also provides assurance that on a windy day the wrap won’t be too revealing although there is quite a substantial overlap.

Vogue 8896 top front

The only thing I’m unsure about is the pooling that ocurrs at the front waistline. Looking at the model the same thing is happening and the only way to smooth that out for me was to pull up the front at the shoulders or tie it really tight (and I admit that I forget to shorten the bodice which is a common alteration for me) but I might remember to do that in the next version rather than tinker with this one as it is still wearable. There is also no fear of flashing as the front overlap is quite big probably as the width of the shoulder fronts are quite wide.

Overall I am happy with this dress as it can be worn out with heels and also with sandals for a more casual look. I was thinking as to whether it could be made to be closed with a snap at the waistline rather with a tie so that it leaves more options for belting if made in a different fabric. I am also contemplating making it up in a woven and cutting the front out on the bias.

Any comments from anyone if these ideas will actually work?

Happy stitching !