One reader asked how I keep warm in said dress. Easy! Boyfriend cardigans. (Which means I am very tempted by Grainline Studio’s new pattern release.) Here I am, wearing a cardie and dress outside Central Saint Martins. Just before Ella made a small child cry.
I don’t know what this fabric is, other than Awesomeness Maximus. It’s so new to Sew Over It, I can’t find it on the website. I’m guessing a rayon. It has the drape and texture of silk, but survived a rigorous cycle through the washing machine and dryer. It does fray like a fraying monster living in fraying town on the outer edges of Universe of Fray. You might consider finishing raw seams.
With such a strong print it’s important to consider pattern placement. This fabric shifts during cutting out. So if pattern placement is really key, I’d suggest cutting out in single layers. Or do some very careful pinning of fabric on the fold. There’s a great blog post here that advises on pattern matching and cutting out.
Has anyone else had issues with the sleeve bands feeling tight, as you move about? For example, when I lean down to tie the laces on my trainers, I can feel them digging into my arms. To address this on this second version, I cut and spread the sleeve pattern pieces (no photos, sorry). It’s gone some way to addressing the issue, but doesn’t feel like a perfect solution.
Still, I love my new dress. It survives the ultimate test – I don’t cringe when I catch sight of myself in the unforgiving bathroom mirrors at my office. Seriously. I’m not sure that any architect in the history of the world will ever fully understand the nuanced demands of the women’s bathroom. More. Cubicles. And. No. Overhead. Lighting. Please.