I’ve really been feeling the love for Ellie and Mac Patterns lately, and I’ve been sewing up quite a few (see my Breezy peplum tops and Be Greater tunics). The patterns are so well put together which makes them quick and easy to sew, and the designs are simple and elegant which makes them so easy to wear. This week I made the Watch and See.
The Watch and See is a dress or tunic with an assymetrical hemline – which is flattering on almost everyone. There are two lengths provided – tunic length and dress length. I made the tunic length, which is just slightly too short for me to wear as a dress (for reference I am 159cm tall).
There are three sleeve length options including short, 3/4 and long. I made the short sleeves. I was really confident with the fit of this pattern, from my previous Ellie and Mac sewing experiences I have found that the sizing is very consistent, so I had no concern at all with cutting into my fashion fabric straight away, because I knew that the fit would be great, and it is, it is such a comfortable dress, the shoulders and sleeves are just right, with plenty of room for movement and no pulling.
There are only 3 pattern pieces for this dress! And that includes a printable neckband piece as well! I do love that the neckband is included, because sometimes its easier than using a ruler and drawing the shape onto the fabric – especially with a fabric that is hard to write on (like black for instance).
It did take me a little while to cut out the pieces, because of the asymmetrical hemline the front and back are cut in a single layer, my cutting table is not as wide as my fabric so this part was a bit tricky, but once the fabric was cut out it took me less than an hour to complete the dress, including changing the thread on both my overlocker and coverstitch machines.
Of course, a great pattern needs a great fabric, and this fabric is DBP from Knitpop. This wildflower print has been really popular, I’ve seen it around a lot on the interweb, and it came in a couple of different background colours, this is the ivory, but as far as I can tell, most of this pattern has already sold out, and only the navy background is still available (with limited yards).
This fabric is lovely and soft, I really like that it is solid enough that it is not see through, even though it is ivory. DBP (or double brushed poly spandex) is relatively new to me, but I am definitely hooked! And not only is it a dream to wear, but it is also a dream to sew, and I’ve been feeling really pleased with myself over my hems, done on the coverstitch:
Overall, I really love this dress, I think that I will be getting a lot of wear out of it. I found that the flair of this tunic is just right, its not a swing dress, but its not too clingy either. Its a definite winner!
This month’s blog tour is all about sewing for summer, using Ellie and Mac patterns. Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.
May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
May 8th: Tenille’s ThreadYou Are Here
May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
May 14th: Our Play Place
May 15th: Sewjourns
May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
May 18th: Liviality
May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
May 22nd: Sewing Blue
May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
May 25th: Jot Designs USA
May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
May 30th: Fee Bricolo
May 31st: My Sewing Roots
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