May is Sew Indie Month. It is all about promoting independent pattern companies and encouraging seamstresses to try something new! I happen to own a lot of Indie patterns. I cannot put a finger on a favorite cause they all provide a modern perspective and it usually always results in fabulous clothes! The first Perfect Pattern Parcel contained the Dandelion Dress. This is a sheath dress with raglan sleeves and princess seams. So clever ... I love how they describe the difficulty as 'Spicy' -- makes me want a margarita!
Experiment: Dandelion Dress
Scoop Neck Version, Size XS
3 Yards Blue Wave Cotton
4 yards Navy Bias Tape
Grey Gutterman Thread
Navy Coats and Clark Thread
I enjoyed the clever design of the pattern. The raglan sleeves and faux princess seam give a nice hip-hugging effect. The bodice dart on the left side of the dress was a giant pain in the rear. After I completed the bodice I tried it on (Woo-who!), realizing that the dart was all-kinds of crazy funky. I unpicked it, sewed it, and it still was cray-cray. It took THREE more times of ripping the seam and re-sewing before I nailed it.
I did line the neckline with bias tape but after another try-on (two fittings!?! Holy Cow -- I'm on a roll!) the neckline looked silly. I folded it under. I also noticed that I probably needed a slight swayback adjustment. And for more emphasis - next time! I am happy overall with the fit and the look of the dress. It is 'spicy' or rather, on closer inspection, 'wavy'.
I do have a soft spot for dresses but in this Sew Indie Month -- I bought Sewn Square One's Paper Bag Pant pattern and The Closet Case Files' Bombshell swimsuit. I also downloaded Swoon's Scarf Neck cardigan -- I actually made the cardigan before I made the dress. It was a colossal fail. I used some black knit I had in my stash that was difficult to sew. I prevailed -- in the end, I looked like a drape experiment gone bad. A sea of black knit. Trying to remedy the situation made it worse as I hacked off way too much. *Sigh* At least the pattern is taped together for the right material and adjustments.
Now for the good part: a giveaway. I know the month is almost ending but I am so happy the semester in done and that summer is here. That means s much needed sew-cation! To celebrate I am giving away a $20 Gift Card to Fabric.com. That way you can choose some great fabric to sew up a new indie pattern you may have waiting in your stash. You can enter via Rafflecopter below. It will close on May 31st at 11:59 pm, Central Daylight Time. All are welcome to enter -- enjoy!
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