Darling Ranges Dress


Did you see that Megan Nielsen recently released the first pattern based on her past collections? Since I'm a big fan of her work, I was waiting for this moment, so I bought my copy as soon as it came out and it arrived in my mail surprinsingly quickly.


It was such a delight to sew this dress! The instructions are great, the pattern sheets are made in a sturdy paper that is ten thousand times better than the super thin one you usually get, I even loved the sizing (the pattern comes in 5 different sizes, which means clear lines to follow on the sheets).
I had to make an FBA (which is starting to be a standard for me), other than that everything went great and all the marks matched up. I really love that the neckline is finished with bias tape (see last detail photo), because I loathe facings and this way you have a chance to add a splash of colour (pink and white polka dots for me :D).

The only downside is that the neckline is a bit too low for me and I find it a bit uncomfortable: great for a date, not so much for the library. I'll add a camisole underneath for every day wear (I can use one more layer in winter anyway), but a future version will definitely have a higher neckline.

The fabric I used is a lightweight viscose I bought last summer; I had saved for this pattern and I'm so happy I did. I think they work great together and I can't have enough polka dots (seriously, my wardrobe is vomiting polka dots).
 
Sorry if this post was a bit on the cheesy side, but I guess you've realized by now that I have a new favorite pattern. I can't wait for Megan to make more of her designs available, in the meantime I've already decided that I'll make a sleeveless version of the Darling Ranges dress for next summer, as she suggests in the instruction booklet.

Lady in Red


Hello everyone! Long time no see... I've been back home for almost a week, but for some reason I have avoided my blog until today.
At least I'm back with something nice to share: my latest summer dress! It's a cute sundress made in a very light red polka dot cotton. It's the Gathered Sundress pattern from Pattern Runway and I love it!
The princess seams of the bodice are very flattering, as well as the round neckline, and I just ADORE how the pockets are constructed, with a gathered edge and bias strip.


If you notice some horizontal puckers in the bodice, that's because I had some fitting issues. I was in a rush because I wanted to take the dress with me to the seaside, so I didn't make a muslin (when will I ever learn???). The bodice ended up being way too long for my bodice but I didn't realize it until the dress was finished, hemmed and all. So, what could I do? I simply pinched the straps together and sewed them 2 cm shorter. This made the dress shorter and a bit too snug under the arms, but luckily it's not uncomfortable at all.


I also had to add two small darts on the neckline because, once again, it was gaping. Can any of you suggest me some other modifications to make for a gaping neckline? I'd be extremely grateful!
The fabric is great, light and breathable for the very hot weather we have now here. I used some muslin as lining for the bodice and underlining for the skirt and pockets and I think it worked perfectly.

The pattern was great, easy to assemble and the instructions were very easy to follow, with very clear images. As I did with the Scalloped Hem Shorts, I can't recommend this pattern more.
If you like this dress and want to make it yourself, you can find a discount code for Pattern Runway in my previous post.

Polka dots Sencha


Yup, a completed project, finally!
It seems like from now on I'll be able to dedicate a little more time to sewing, and it makes me soo happy! Yesterday I managed to finish this blouse and to make a skirt (which I'll show you soon). It's amazing how sewing something relaxes me and makes me feel accomplished. I've already written this, but I missed so much some serious sewing time.



For this blouse I used Colette's Sencha pattern, version 3 (the one with the pussy bow!). I used a silk blend which wasn't too pleasant to sew, but it's very nice to wear. I cheated a little bit in the construction: since the hem was coming horribly (because of the slippery fabric and my lack of patience) I bound the edge with black bias tape and I'm very satisfied with the result.
I used raspberry colored buttons to add some contrast. I haven't decided if I love them yet, but if I notice that they make the blouse difficult to wear, I'm always in time to change them. What do you think of them?

One thing I like about this blouse is that it's very versatile: here I'm wearing it with jeans, but it looks even better with a cute high-waisted skirt to achieve a more elegant look. What I'm not too crazy about, instead, is the fact that the neckline is a bit too high and I feel a bit constricted.

Well, one could argue that it's another black and white garment made from a Colette pattern, but I hope you'll like it anyway. :)