I was thrilled (and floored) when Allie asked me to be part of the Indie Sew Spring/Summer Collection Blog Tour. Allie has enviable style and an undeniable knack for putting these collections together, the expertly-curated 2017 Spring/Summer collection is no exception. The collection includes dresses, tank tops, and a jean jacket to keep you warm on those cooler spring nights. Or you can be like me and never take your Hampton Jean Jacket off.
I had such great success with Allie’s first pattern, The Lonetree Jacket, that I couldn’t wait to sew up her new Highlands Wrap Dress. I decisively knew that I wanted to use special fabric for it and I purchased 3.5 meters of this nani IRO double gauze shortly (immediately) after she showed me the design….a rough draft line drawing of the design. I pride myself on being decisive on most things, but sometimes that level or decisiveness flirts with impulse. Some people might think that buying that kind of meterage of nani IRO double gauze after seeing a line drawing miiiight seem a bit impulsive. Well, my trusty friend Fleurine didn’t think so. She affirmed my vision and told me to go for it. So I did.
As I expected, Allie’s newest design doesn’t disappoint. This wrap dress fits so well, is flattering, feminine, and very comfortable! The wrapped bodice consists of two large continuous bodice/skirt pieces. For the love of everything holy, make sure you cut mirror images. I say this because I have (in the not-so-distant-past) forgotten to cut mirror images and I checked about 8 times to make sure that my bodice pieces were mirrored before cutting this heavenly fabric. The back bodice is cut on the fold and joined to a gathered back skirt using a channel for optional elastic. I decided to add the elastic for added comfort and I’m glad that I did. The two bodice pieces wrap around the the front and both are secured with concealed buttons on each side.
The skirt has a split hem and mitered corners. This is my fourth or fifth project using mitered corners and it is by far my favorite hemming method.
I made a few minor changes to the bodice because I have a long torso. I lowered my armscye depth by 1/2″ and lowered the bust dart by 1″. I also shortened the sleeve by 1-1/4″ and that was just personal preference. Other than those minor changes the fit of the dress through the bust and hips is perfect. I wanted to also mention that I’m 5′-9″ and so this dress should be hitting me about 4″ lower on my leg as it was drafted for someone who is 5′-5″. I could’ve shortened it to be knee-length, but I decided not to and love how this length looks with this style. Plus, did I mention that I was using nani IRO double gauze???? Yeah, I want to use as much as possible! Duh.
I would definitely recommend this pattern. I bought almost 4 yards of this glorious fabric after seeing Allie’s line drawing because I completely trusted and knew that she’d produce an amazing design and pattern. I was right. Treat yourself, sew up this pattern with something amazing. You won’t regret it. OH, but make a muslin. I DID make a muslin for this dress before cutting…..I’m not totally nuts you guys.
My next outfit is one that I love and pretty much epitomizes my style. I’ve already blogged and raved about my Hampton Jean Jacket by Alina Sewing & Design Co. but I wanted to showcase it here again with my Ogden Cami by True Bias. Yep, that’s an Ogden Cami that I hacked into a drawstring dress and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I really love the Ogden. The fit is absolutely perfect and really flattering. I think Kelli nailed this design. This tank top is so easy to sew, so hackable, and what can’t you do with a perfectly-fitting bodice?! You can make a drawstring dress as it turns out!
The hack was simple. I sliced off about 3″ from the bottom, drafted a curved hem skirt using the width of the cropped Ogden, and then added a drawstring casing. Simple! The bodice of the Ogden already had enough ease required for the gathered waistband and throughout the hips so adding a skirt to this pattern was a cinch! Pun intended! Cinched waistband…get it? I wanted an external casing as a design feature so I followed the construction of the Sanibel Romper by Hey June. (Surprise, surprise. You all know I’m a Hey June Fan Girl). Did you see Adrianna’s amazing Ogden and flawless Birkin Flares that she posted yesterday? Legit.
I used this linen from Purl Soho and I will be buying more of this to make more Ogden Camis. I love it in linen! I used this black rayon twill that I bought from LA Finch Fabrics for the skirt. It was perfect because it was opaque enough where I didn’t need a lining. Does anyone else avoid sewing linings like the plague?
If you’re wondering whether I popped my collar in the picture below, the answer is “yes”. Yes, I did. I accessorized my dress and jacket with these KILLER gladiator sandals that my fashionista friend gifted to me and a simple piece of leather string that I bought at….a leather store. I bought a spool of it and can use it for any number of bracelets or necklaces. It makes me feel a little primal wrapping raw leather around my neck.
As I wrap up this lengthy post I would like to say that I was honored to be asked to be on this blog tour. Allie did an amazing job of curating patterns and fabrics for your 2017 spring and summer wardrobe. I love all of the designers and I would buy lots of expensive Japanese double gauze based on any of Alina’s, Adrianna’s, Kelli’s, and Allie’s rough draft line drawings. They’re the best because they make you look and feel your best.
Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers that are participating in the tour! You won’t be disappointed!