Good morning, friends! I can always tell when autumn is giving way to winter briskness just before the full chill blast because I start to feel under the weather. We had a festive weekend that included a going away party for a friend (an exciting overseas move), but sadly, I had to cut out early due to the sniffles.
But sniffles or no, sewing seems to have become an ingrained activity each weekend, and this was no exception. Let’s start with the stripey one, shall we?
I’m going rogue these days, and this is a modified Figgy’s Banyan tee. I have to say, I wasn’t completely thrilled with it when I finished it. The Banyan tee that I made a few months ago is one of K’s favorite clothing items, so I thought it would be fun to make it in this popular mustard stripe cotton jersey knit I got from my beloved fabric shop. The contrasting dark grey knit is scrap fabric from my stash, and it feels like it has some rayon in it.
I made very simple changes: extended the length by 7 inches, added a square pocket, made it long sleeve instead of short and tossed in contrasting sleeve cuffs. I didn’t bother hemming the dress because I remembered that I botched the tee hem last time, and it looks just fine raw-edged.
It might be a touch too long? A little too rugby-themed? I’m not sure what it is that isn’t sitting well with me, but of course K LOVES it. She squealed, hurriedly took off her jammies and shimmied herself into the dress and happily posed for photos. Then she complained vociferously when I told her she needed to wear the other dress for pictures as well.
And oh, the other dress!! I can’t tell you how in-love I am with this indigo linen-blend, pin-tucked beauty. These photos really aren’t doing it any justice.
The details give the dress that extra je nais se qua: the pintucks on the front and back, the keyhole opening, the gathers at the bottom of the pocket (I’ve never seen that before!), which makes the skirt flare out oh-so-charmingly.
This too, I modified by making it a fall-appropriate, long-sleeved dress (the original is sleeveless as you can see above). The pattern is from this book, and I really wish this came in grown-up sizes. In fact, I was planning on making the Weekend Getaway dress in this linen blend, but I simply didn’t have enough fabric.
That blue thing is a party favor she got from a friend’s birthday gathering, and it’s fake hair that lights up. These props, by the way, are entirely K’s idea.
I’m not a good pin-tucker, I admit, and I had to re-do these a few times, but I’m really happy with the result. This is such a casual, stylish and versatile dress! I’m pretty sure I used the same fabric for these pants, but don’t hold me to it.
Of course, as soon as I snapped a few shots of the indigo dress, K was antsy to get back into the mustard stripe dress. K is so smitten with this knit dress, it’s starting to grow on me. I guess I’ll have to get more of this linen-blend fabric when my fast is over and make myself a version because I absolutely need one of these in my wardrobe.
What about you, which dress do you prefer? And hey, it’s KCW Fall! Are you participating? I have a feeling these dresses might be my only output for the week. I have to get started on K’s owl costume (queen of procrastination!) and I want to sew something for myself…we shall see how the week shakes out!