On Monday, Minerva Crafts sent me some of their famous Prada Self Lined crepe. (And yes, it stands up to the hype.) On Tuesday, Tessuti Fabrics released their Yuki pattern. By Thursday, I had a new dress.
Remind me. What did I say recently about slow sewing?
Definitely what helped was a visit to my local Copy Shop. I’m lucky. It’s a five minute walk from the house. For £9, they printed out the pattern for me, with no taping together required. This service actually cost more than the pattern itself and I’ve since been given a top tip about Plot Giant for printing. So maybe I’ll try them next time. Or maybe I’ll stroll down the street again to pick up my print out, mainly because the below sight makes me laugh…
This makes me laugh, too…
‘You only sew to pick up the men,’ my friend mumbled as she took this photograph. She was fresh off a plane from New Zealand. We hadn’t seen each other in a couple of years. My first words after giving her a quick hug? ‘Take my photograph before the light goes?’
So, the Yuki pattern. Love it. Love, love, LOVE. It’s another of those classic cocoon shapes that I find so comfortable to wear. This one has pockets, but not just any pockets. There’s an interesting construction process that stops them from flip flapping open. Nice, neat pockets that don’t gape. All the love.
As mentioned, the crepe is self lined with a satin wrong side. I used this for my contrast neckline. Some careful hand stitching was involved. Turning the drawstring tie was obviously like tramping around the seventh circle of hell, but I persisted. You could use upholstery cord, a strip of leather or even a chain – or you could simply construct the collar as a cowl and leave out the drawstring.
That’s me done! I wonder how many more Yuki dresses I’ll make. Several, I suspect. Are you tempted?