At last – clothes for me!

8 Apr

I think this is the last of my posts for the first quarter finish along; as you can see I’ve been on a bit of a sewing mission.  At the beginning of the year I made a Fen Dress out of knit fabric.  I spend a lot of time thinking about making clothes for myself, researching patterns, trying to work out what suits me and finding suitable fabrics.

I think it was Kerry who suggested the Fen Dress and after reading a number of reviews I decided it was worth a try.  I bought the PDF version on sale from Indiesew on Black Friday and I made a dress out of some leftover red jersey fabric.  It is recommended that the dress is made from a woven fabric so I cut in a size smaller than I normally would (6 on top and 8 on the bottom) and also added 2 inches to the length, and added the optional sleeves.   I don’t have any photos of the finished dress so you’ll just have to believe me that it’s a really comfy dress; I’ve worn it numerous times.

I decided last month that it was time to try a few variations.  I bought this fabric from Miss Matatabi, it was in the sale and even with shipping pretty cheap.  It’s 55% cotton 45% rayon lawn and lightweight, just right for a summer dress.

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We have booked a holiday to Italy this summer so I wanted to make a couple of things to wear that would be suitable for hot weather.  I added 15 inches to the length of the original pattern and omitted the sleeves.

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One of the great things about this pattern is of course the pockets!  If you were making this in a solid you could easily use a contrasting colour for the pocket back piece to add a fun detail.

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I added ties to give some definition at the waist as it’s a loose fitting dress:

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As it’s still pretty cool here I’ve yet to wear this but I am pleased with how it turned out and am already contemplating another.

This was on my FAL list for quarter 1 so I’m off to link up and check out what others have achieved this quarter.

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3 thoughts on “At last – clothes for me!

  1. What a great summer dress, I hope you get to wear it lots and lots over the coming months! On behalf of the hosts thank you for joining in the Finish-A-Long!

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