I’d like to sew more for myself. There are many reasons why I don’t do it more often. (Three of them are really cute and aged 2, 4 and 5). But recently I did sew a couple of things for me.
Firstly, there’s this dress/tunic.
I used an Ottobre pattern – 5/2013-1. It can be made as a t-shirt, or tunic length (which is dress length on me). I wasn’t sure which I was going to make, until I saw that I had enough of the fabric to make the dress version. So that’s what I did. Its made from plain black jersey knit. Its a very slinky knit, and quite heavy.
The pattern has the option of a single breast-pocket or two lower pockets. I went with that second option, because I really don’t like breast pockets, its just generally not a good placement on me. I used some silver knit that I had left over from making this costume. This is quite different for me, and I really like it.
The back is just plain. The neckline has a binding made from the same black fabric. For the hems I just did a simple small hem.
I really like wearing this. I wear it quite often, with leggings underneath. Its comfortable, goes with everything else I have, and the pockets are just the right size for holding my iPhone, which I generally don’t go anyway without. And there really isn’t much more to say about this one, so, onto the next piece.
I have been hoarding this fabric for years. Its a slightly stretchy, soft brushed type fabric with a satin backing. The print is a brown floral on black. I bought it as a remnant and I’ve never really known what to do with it before now, I just knew that I loved it. And I love how this turned out.
The jacket is Ottobre pattern number 2/2013-12, a collarless, raglan sleeved, unlined jacket with a front and neck facing.
Because this is an unlined pattern, the satin-backed fabric was the perfect choice. This fabric doesn’t need a lining, its so comfortable to wear on its own. It just glides on, and its stable enough to hold its shape really well, which is good because it has a slight peplum which, along with the bodice darts, gives it a really good fit.
There are two really nicely shaped curved patch pockets on the front. They are small, but a just big enough for essentials, and they are a nice decorative feature, if this jacket was made of plain fabric they could be really striking.
For the buttons I used some that I got as a mixed bag of painted wooden buttons off eBay a few years ago. The painting does come off in the wash eventually (as I’ve discovered from using them on things I’ve sewn for the kids), but they still look alright even after that. For now, the butterflies seem to work in well, even though it is a very busy print.
And this is the back, not much else to say here, except that the seam lines are very flattering, and easy to wear. I don’t often go places to wear a jacket like this, but this is the go-to piece that I have now. Maybe I need to get out more?
So that’s that. Two things that I made for myself that I actually wear!
Thanks for reading.