The #sipandsew Eve appeal where you sew something using one of a selection of McCalls patterns is such a good cause, I definitely wanted to join in. But it took me three attempts with different patterns before I was happy.
A lot of people have used this V8997 pattern, I spent a lot of time making a muslin and altering seams on the bodice. When I added sleeeves, it just pulled and didn’t fit properly.
The second one using the Tom and Linda Platt pattern was shapeless, but I did use a scuba fabric and didn’t cut it on the bias which didn’t help. Also my taste in fabric has toned down recently, and this was just too bold for me.
So third time lucky!
I have started going for cocktails every so often. It’s usually really informal, I walk to the cocktail bar , often a precursor to cinema, comedy club or meal. So I made something that can be dressed up or down. A kimono from the Zandra Rhodes pattern V1505. I used view A here with a bit of a high low hem, but not majorly so. I used a soft viscose Liberty jersey I bought from Guthrie and Ghani at least 18 months ago. Using jersey meant you have to take account of the stretchiness, so I used a soft stretchy interfacing for the cuffs and neck band, and let it hang overnight before hemming it. I know there are loads of kimono patterns out there, but the dramatic hemline on both options makes this stand out. I’d like to make this in a soft floaty georgette next time.
It’s great with an RTW jumpsuit or jeans and an Ogden cami made from scraps.
A fake cocktail, tap water and frozen raspberries for the photos, but I’ll definitely be drinking the real thing soon!
So I’m happy with this make, I’ll wear this more than a dress. I really need to make sure I think about wearability when I’m assessing what patterns to make? Looking forward to the afternoon tea party at the Northern Knitting and Stitching Show at the end of November, where hopefully I’ll get to see lots of other cocktail creations!