Winter lasts a long time here (even though I live in the most southerly part of Canada), so by this point in the year, I’m ready for a change. Since I can’t change the weather, I change my wardrobe!
At the start of March, I moved my wintery-coloured clothes out of my closet, and put the spring-coloured clothes front and centre. All my cosy red plaids and brown leopards are put away til fall! It’s not that the spring clothes are for warmer weather – it’s still snowing – but they are brighter and have my favourite shades of turquoise, hot pink, and royal blue, and generally have more white than black in the mix.
Like, for example, this new dress!
Case in point: It was cold but sunny when I got home from work, so I changed and ran out to take some pictures… by which time was dumping snow with harsh winds! Thank goodness for the windbreak provided by my porch!
This is my second Sew Over It Heather dress. The whole point of this pattern is those fabulous deep pockets – other than that, it’s not actually the best fit on me. That’s ok, because I was able to tweak some things this time based on my first version!
Changes between V1 and V2:
- Last time I shortened it too much – it is pushing the line between tunic and dress!
- Narrowed shoulders: partly at the princess seams, partly at the shoulder
- Snug sleeves: I sewed them with less than the 5/8″ seam allowance, and they are still a bit snug! Be warned, because that’s not usually a problem I have with patterns.
- Slimmed the bodice: My bust tells me to sew Size 20 (the largest size) but I could do with a smaller size and FBA. I refuse to FBA these weird shaped pattern pieces though.
Something also isn’t quite right about the balance of the garment… it looks like I need a swayback, but I think the real problem is probably that my front needs more room!
Who cares though – look at those pockets!
My favourite part is this perfect print with all of my wardrobe colours! Pink, royal blue, turquoise, cream, black… this fabric makes my heart sing. It’s a Liverpool knit (remember when I talked about them in my “In Praise of Polyester” post?) from Fabric.com, although they only seem to have a more muted colourway at the moment. It’s got the pebbly texture that seems to set Liverpool knits apart, and cut edges have a hint of loft/foam sponginess like a scuba. It’s weird stuff, but I love the drape and texture.
Do you change your wardrobe at this time of year? Is your weather changing, or just your mood?