First, this pattern is a blouse… and second, it is primarily aimed at wovens! But they list knits as an option in the instructions, so of course you know that is what I used!
This is the new Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Flora, and I made three in the week since it was released! I’ve avoided SBCC patterns because I don’t love the name… but they do draft for petite and petite plus figures, so at 5’2″, I fit perfectly into their demographic. I sewed my friend Kristin their free Tonic tee recently, and it fit her petite frame beautifully… and I’ve been eying the Rickey Jacket, so I figured Flora was a good experiment to see how I liked their patterns myself.
You can see the pattern design lines best in my first muslin, which I sewed up in a rayon knit. I didn’t have quite enough, so it’s an inch or two shorter than drafted. Basically, it’s a big wide scoop neckline, which is gathered with elastic. There are instructions for a casing, but also for the method I used: stretching elastic and sewing it on, then folding it inside and topstitching. I used fold-over elastic for all three versions, and it was really easy.
You could in theory make the neckline looser and wear it off the shoulder, but… I hate fussy necklines. As is, this sits nicely in place and basically give the same neckline and sleeve shape as my beloved Comino Cap dress.
I added a belt and belt loops to this version. The fabric is from fabric.com years ago, and I also sewed it up in another colourway here.
Shall we talk sizing? According to the size chart, I’m an XL bust and 1X waist and hips. I sewed a straight size 1X for my muslin, and it fit nicely as a top… but I thought maybe I’d want more volume in a dress, so I taped the cut-off bits of the pattern together and sized up to a 3x. Guess what? Too big. I took it in to back to the 1x size, and I love it. Version 3 (polka dots, which you’ll see below) is a 1x and it fits perfectly. In other words – trust the size chart! The sizes range from XXS-3X/00-28, which is nice and inclusive.
The fabric reminds me of a length of kimono silk that I bought in Japan, which I refer to in my head as The Most Beautiful Fabric In The World. (The capitalization is necessary!) It’s a beautiful mix of red, yellow and sky blue, which as it happens, is also the colours of my bedroom in highschool!
Speaking of great prints…
Version 3 is a recreation of a dress I bought in Japan! I have a clear memory of trying it on with my mom and agreeing that anything for shapeless must need a belt! Flash forward 8 years, and I just passed it on to her because it’s too small for me… and now we both agree it’s relatively slim cut compared to other things we now wear! Fun to see fashion changing! I’ll take a picture of my new dress with the original some time – they are really very similar.
The dot print is from Micheal Levine/Low Price Fabric, and you can find it here! Micheal Levine has the best selection of over the top ITY prints, if that is your thing. (It is definitely mine!)
It’s been a while since I bought a pattern on impulse and made so many so quickly… but it’s *so* fast to sew, and fun to wear! If you like this silhouette, I’m sure there are other patterns to get a similar look… or the Scroop Henrietta Maria is a more detailed take. However, if you want a fun and easy dress/top pattern in your stash, I definitely suggest the Flora!
Have you sewn any SBCC patterns before? I’d be interested in your experience with them! So far, I think I’m a fan!