Hello! How is everyone doing? I am in the middle of a really busy week with lots of sewing and getting ready for Andrew’s 3rd birthday. I have two new dresses in the works and I can’t seem to get the fit right on either of them. I have to unpick the gathered skirt from one of them for the second time and try to narrow the bodice a little bit more. I feel like I am getting really close on the perfect fit, but I am SO TIRED of unpicking the same things over and over again. I hope the third time is the charm. Anyhoo, I’m here to share what has become one of my favorite outfits.
I made the Seamwork Bristol skirt during Me Made May and I was pretty disappointed with it right off the bat. I loved the look of this skirt the minute I saw it, but I felt like the kangaroo pocket wasn’t doing me any favors. The fabric I picked is a lovely cotton voile, but while it is lightweight it isn’t as drapey as a rayon challis would have been. The kangaroo pocket area is two layers of fabric sewn together and attached under the main skirt fabric. Having three layers of fabric sitting right on top of my post baby pooch was making me feel like I was still pregnant.
Since May I’ve lost some of the baby pooch and I’ve consistently reached for this skirt because I love the length. I can bend over, play on the floor with the kids, and do my other daily activities without flashing anyone. The way the skirt is designed there is no way to add side seam pockets (because there are no side seams!) I am toying with making it again and eliminating the pocket. I mean, the pocket is sort of useless. You can’t really store anything in it and it’s a little awkward to walk around with your hands in a pocket that is directly over your lady parts.
At some point I want to make the Astoria cropped sweater pattern that coordinates with the Bristol skirt. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but I finally made my first Union St tee. This is my second one, made from a great lightweight rayon jersey that I ordered from the Indiesew fabric shop. The color is a perfect match for the dark gray that is in the skirt fabric.
I am sort of still working out my perfect sizing for this tee. This is a small graded to a large at the hips. I wish it had just a hair more ease, but I didn’t want it to be too slouchy since I made it specifically to wear with a skirt. I’m looking forward to trying the v-neck option on my next Union St tee.
Have you ever had an experience of sewing something that seemed like a dud but became an eventual favorite? I’m crossing my fingers that is what happens with these two dresses that I’m struggling to get right! Off to do more unpicking and re-sewing!