You know when something niggles in the back of your mind, and just doesn’t feel right? That’s how I feel when things go unblogged… so without futher ado, let’s jump back to some projects from the past!
(For the rest of the pictures it’s going to be be modelling it, but Anne kindly sent me the pics above when she wore it to a family Christmas party!)
First up, a modal jersey wrap dress that I made for Anne in November 2016. This was a project for Cali Fabrics, so you can read the original post there!
It is, of course, Cashmerette’s Appleton wrap dress. Even just a year into Cashmerette patterns, Anne and I were already addicted to the reliable fit! We both own several versions of this dress. I actually just sewed myself another, but the “is this pretty or not?” fabric turned out to be a NOT on me. Too much brown and beige in amongst the pretty colours!
So, the fabric I used for this dress is essentially the same as the modal jersey I got from Stylish Fabric for the Day and Night Challenge. It’s a beautiful yet challenging fabric, I think, so I wanted to show it again in this dress!
- gorgeous buttery texture on the right side
- beautiful drape
- soft brushed finish looks really luxe
- lots of colours available from different shops
- the reverse feels polyestery and slightly rough
- slightly sheer in direct light
- shows every lump or line underneath
If you look at the dress on me, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. I notice though that when Anne layers it over a cami and ties it more loosely, it all hangs much smoother! (That, and I have more hip than her…) I did cut everything roughly a size larger, because the fabric is quite stable.
So, what is modal knit good for? Anything with a bit of ease, I think, will offer more elegant drape and less “Look! I’m wearing layers underneath!”
Speaking of Appleton wrap dresses though, here’s one I made for my cousin recently!
Doesn’t she look great? She wanted a velvet dress with a twirly skirt and pockets so I used the Turner skirt and Rivermont’s deep pockets. Three Cashmerette patterns in one!
One to the next pattern: the Decades of Style 3’s a Charm Jacket!
I made this jacket last Easter, and it’s a really cute little pattern! It has four darts in front, four in back, and sleeve darts as well. If, like me, you loved the idea of the Grainline Morris blazer but found it too boxy, then I suggest this pattern!
I used a fabulous almost-neon floral printed on a textured stretch woven. The stretch certainly makes this more comfortable. I dug this pattern out again recently, because I like the idea of a jacket over casual tops instead of a cardigan. I’m curious about making a bomber jacket or moto, but I’m not sure if the proportions would work as well!
And because you know I never make just one, here’s a 3’s a Charm Jacket I made for my mom at Christmas! It’s a scuba knit with bonded wooly lace, and we added a button (as drafted) to keep it closed.
Speaking of buttons – check out Mom’s cute button necklace! She has been making them for years to fundraise for the Stephen Lewis Go Go Grannies charity, which supports grandparents raising AIDS orphans. Anne and I get our craftiness honestly!
I’m sure as soon as I publish this, I’ll think of some other projects that have been languishing unblogged… but until then, it feels good to have everything recorded for posterity! (Aka. for me to search when I wonder about a pattern in years to come!)
I’d love to know: What proportion of your sewing projects get formally recorded, or how many just slip into the wardrobe unmentioned? I tend not to blog things like tank tops, but I do blog pretty much everything else!