I fall victim to joann’s pattern sales every once in awhile. Case in point for the new dottie angel and sew house seven patterns they’ve released. While dottie angel as pictured on the pattern package isn’t really my taste. I do appreciate the simple lines, but not the suzy homemaker fabric or design choices. I did have some fall colored rayon challis I bought years ago that I could use. So I set to making a muslin.
I’m very glad I did toille this pattern! While it was a very simple garment, the bust pleats were WAY to high on me. I think they’re supposed to fall just under the bust, so I marked on my muslin where they would look best on me. I lowered them about two inches overall.
There were some steps that didn’t make much sense to me. The way thee sleeves are finishes and the way the waist ties are created – I go over those more in detail in the video if you’re interested in checking that out- It’s below the video.
With all the issues I seem to have had with this pattern, regardless of the outcome, I would not recommend this pattern if you’re not comfortable with basic altering.
Now that I’ve sewn it up, I think I would alter the pattern even more if I were to make it again. I would maybe add an actual sleeve shape, think the short sleeve on face tiger crafts fen dress where there’s an actual armpit curve. The way it has you finish the arm hole left me with some exposed bias tape ends on the inside of the dress. I would sew the bias tape in the round once I adjusted the sleeve shape.
Despite all my issues, I don’t think the dress turned out all that bad. It’s easy to wear, and the drape of the fabric makes it look a bit nicer than it actually is. Make sure to check out the video below. I go into detail on the construction and talk more about my issues with Simplicity 1080
So I know I talked about my love of shapeless sack dresses before, so can I say a what the up to the York Pinafore by Helen’s Closet. I know it’s traditionally “flattering” to my shape, but honestly, I don’t give a shit about flattering at this point in my life. Anything with funtional pockets this hug pretty much a free pass from me on style. It’s also pretty much the easiest thing ever to sew. It’s a pancake pattern, two pieces, stitched on the seams, nothing fancy. The edges are finished in bias tape, and there’s two huge patch pockets slapped on the front. While I don’t think you necessarily need a pattern to make something like this… I don’t mind supporting indie patterns companies who put out modern mumus- much to my husbands dismay.
I made up the York in a “linen-look” fabric from joanns, that looking at the pattern I’m 99% sure is also what the sample garment is made there are. I’m usually a big proponent of using natural fibers over their manmade imposters but this fabric is 55% linen and 45% Rayon. I love rayon. Even though Rayon is manmade, it’s still a natural fiber! I made my first wearable garment out of Joann’s linen look fabric, so it’s always got a special place in my heart. I also used premade bias tape I picked up at my local independent fabric store Fiberge.
I did take the pinafore in at the waist by an inch, which isn’t something I normally need to do. If I made this again I would probably reduce the hip curve a lot. I’m very straight through the hips, so this is a personal adjustment I do a lot. Also I would bring up the hemline and put in a center back seam so I could do a swayback adjustment. It’s not terrible as it, but if it was a tiny bit more fittedpattern I feel like I could get away from the Elementary School Art Teacher lewk I’m serving hard here.
I do have a video I’m working on about the construction of this dress. Like everything I’ve sewn recently I used french seams. Sometimes I wonder why I even bought my serger if I’m not going to use it to seam finish. I turned the hem up an addtional half inch more than the patttern directions. I feel like it’s still not quite short enough, but I probably won’t unpick it. Sometimes the “good enough” mentality is the only thing that lets a type a creative, like myself, get anything out into the world.
Check out the gif Y’all! Really upping my blogging game, looking like an Azkaban wanted poster. I thought it might be cool to see a garment in motion. I really like the drape of this linen/rayon blend. Looking at these photos I think I would be interested to try the higher neckline as well. I feel like this neckline causes the bias tape to want to flip out a bit because it’s sitting almost under my boobs. Which I’m kind of okay with since it’s the only way you’re going to see this cute ass bias tape I felt like I was sewing for a million hours.
Are you folks #teammumu? I feel like this will be a good layering piece once it cools down in the Ohio river valley. We’re getting a small taste cooler weather this week, but it’ll be back in the very humid nineties next week. I’m very ready for fall!