Hello! I have something to tell you.. I've gone completely off my sewing schedule and have fallen in deep pattern love. This may sound ridiculous but I've found THE PATTERN. The one that I will make a thousand times over.
Just when I thought I was going to step away from indie designers and try the bigger companies, I discovered Charlotte Kan. She is the designer and it looks like, for the moment, she is realising her old designs to sewing patterns. I am eagerly awaiting to see if she turns her long sleeved top into a sewing pattern because the second it does, I'm buying it!
I love how contemporary the style is, it looks very high street, which is the style I like and want to sew more of. It got me thinking about how much indie pattern companies use a lot of vintage inspiration and how in my first year of sewing I have sewed up clothes that aren't my style or what I will up up wearing. I still liked the look of certain patterns I bought but too many I probably won't ever sew or if I do I will hardly wear. I think a few of us get into that problem when we first start sewing and want every pattern ever!!
I made a special trip to the man outside Sainsburys in Walthamstow market especially to get fabric for this dress. The hype is true. This guy has amazing stuff at such good prices! The fabric I used was Cupro, now my favourite fabric ever! Easy to work with, sooooo soft plus it looks super expensive and elegant. Not bad for £3 a metre!!!
Construction was pretty straightforward, the dress is simple. Putting the PDF together was great because of how few pieces make up the dress (only 4, YAY). Given that the dress is easy I didn't expect a massive guide but even so, the instructions with were really too sparse for me. I felt it didn't give me enough options and room for my own input. Straight away the pattern wanted you to zig-zag or overlock your seams, I always french seam (in my head I refer to myself as the french seam queen…please don't judge me). So after making my choice to deviate from the pattern, I just went through the dress my own way. I didn't look at the instructions again until I got into a problem. I hope that in future (especially if the patterns are more complicated) Charlotte Kan will give more guidance.
I usually go up a size on patterns at the hip but I didn't need to for this pattern. I might in future versions because if I put on a any more weight on my bum I feel it would be too tight but for now it's fine.
I took 5cm off the shirt length….and I really should learn my lesson and start being more cautious. I feel it's a tad too short (the story of all dress/skirts makes) and next time I'm going to just take 2cm off. For this version I will mostly wear it with some leggings.
I've started my second version of this started for a christmas party in silk (oooh la la) and another one with longer sleeves. I contacted Charlotte about making the pattern with longer sleeves (winter is here and I'm only not wearing a coat for the pictures!) and she drew me a little sketch showing me how to add a sleeves.
I want to thank my wonderful mum for the pictures and being so enthusiastic about it! She insisted on this location, chose my accessories and really got into the part of being my official photographer haha
Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on which coat to sew. Burdastyle was the favourite and I'm going to buy my tracing paper and give the Burdastyle jacket a try 🙂