I finished the Pleiades Dress from French Poetry in the Rayon Crepe Nairobi Night. I had to make a lot of adjustments to get to this dress. Here is the short version and I am planning to write up an honest pattern review:
I started off with my usual broad back adjustment. The shoulder seams hung very low off my shoulders, so I took away about an 1” for a narrow shoulder adjustment. I made a size 14 but then took the dress in by 4”(!!!), so I’ll be sizing down 2 sizes if I make the dress again. There are no finished garment measurements in the instructions, so I based my size choice on my bust measurement. I took out the pouffed sleeves and replaced them with cap sleeves (from the Scout Tee) but sewed a smaller seam allowance to accommodate for a full bicep adjustment. I think I’ll write a more details blog post about this pattern. Next time, I’d like to shorten the bodice by 3/4” so that the beautiful waist seam sits right underneath my bust and lengthen the dress by 6-7” to be below the knee. The pattern seems to be drafted for someone with wide shoulders. I still have a lot of fabric around the bust towards the sleeves, not sure if that’s supposed to be right. The instructions are ok if you are advanced. All in all it’s a wearable toile and with more adjustments, I can see this dress being super cute and a bit more fitted.
I also finally sewed up this fabric and I am so in love with this pattern that I have worn it already twice this month and sewed up another one for my birthday. This was the dress pattern I am planning to make for my brother's wedding. This dress I will show you next month.
In preparation for my visit at home, I have also sewn a few t-shirts for my nephews using some of the Jersey fabrics available online. Also, my husband received a new t-shirt and two for me.
Speaking of Jersey, I had bought this Anchor striped fabric for my mom some time ago and I wanted to make her a hoodie for her birthday. Since I bought it from the shop in my hometown, I thought I try to surprise her and said the shop never gotten back to me (I white-lied), little did I know she stopped by this shop a couple of days later. So she knew I had gotten the fabric and I had already shared the finished hoodie on my stories on Instagram since I loved the hoodie so much. I cannot wait to make one for myself, and as per your votes on Instagram I am planning to add this as a seasonal workshop. A picture will follow next month.
I still have the Apple Green Linen. cut to make a pair of trousers but I don't think I will have enough time to finish them before I leave. I might take some fabric and pattern with me, in case I have some time to sew at home - my mom has a machine too. Since I will be travelling, I am won't be planning too much to sew next month. Although saying that, I did pack two patterns and one fabric in case I get bored. I also ordered two fabrics in Germany that I can sew into something too.
What have you been sewing this month? Do you have any plans for some summer sewing? Comment below.
Thanks for hanging out with me.