Victory Patterns Anouk dress 2.0

Victory Patterns Anouk

Long time no post. Been a little busy with other projects lately.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: “Wow, your hair is getting really long!”

Wait, that’s not what you were thinking? Oh, you mean that other thing?

Victory Patterns Anouk

Right. Yeah, so turns out I’m pregnant. Or expecting. Or pretnet, or praganat, or pregananant or however you want to call it (seriously, watch that vid). I’d say “knocked up” if only it were that easy. This fetus was made with love and science.

I’m due in July so I need a few wearable pieces in my wardrobe that can get me through the next few months.

Victory Patterns Anouk

This is the Anouk dress by Victory Patterns which is a pattern I made once a long time ago. But then that dress was too big for me so I gave it away. If only I had kept it for another 5 years I totally could’ve worn it now!

Instead, I just have a new excuse to make it again. This isn’t a maternity pattern but the shape is very tent-like with ties at the waist (difficult to see in these photos) making the fit adjustable and good for a growing belly. I made the dress version with the sleeves from the shirt version.

Victory Patterns Anouk

 

Both fabrics are viscose/linen blends from La Mercerie. I love when a site carries multiple colors of the same fabric. Makes it easy to color block without worrying the weights of the fabric won’t match.

I love the color combo of pink and navy and this shade of blush pink (rose gold? millennial pink?) is super popular right now. My skin is naturally pink-toned so I don’t think this is the most flattering color on me but hey, I love it and I’m pregnant so I’m going to wear whatever the heck I please!

Victory Patterns Anouk

The one problem with the design of this dress is the keyhole. It’s also the coolest detail on the dress. Problem is, since the entire weight of the dress is supported by the yoke, all that tent-shaped fabric drags the dress down and that keyhole creates a weak point. Even with added interfacing in the yoke and front sections, and extra snaps on the overlap flap, the keyhole seems to pull open over time. I had the same problem with the first dress I made and in this version, I can only wear it with one specific bra or else the bra edges show in the little opening. The only alternative I see is to sew the yoke in a strong, tightly woven medium-to-heavy weight fabric and use a lightweight fabric for the dress section. Or omit the keyhole all together.

Victory Patterns Anouk

The textured buttons came from my stash. I like the shiny gold mixed with the pink.

Victory Patterns Anouk
I’m planning to wear this dress to an outdoor wedding this weekend. It’s a great little dress for spring and good for maternity and post-maternity-wear!

Victory Patterns Anouk

Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress

Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress

Back again with more #SummerSewing! Almost to the end. After this I just have one more garment to share.

Summer 2018 Wardrobe Mood Board

This is the Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress in a coral rayon twill.

I used leftover white cotton cording and a couple silver eyelets for the drawstring and casing.Papercut Patterns Adrift DressThis is the 7th pattern from Papercut that I’ve tried. They tend to fit me fairly well and overall I like their stying.

Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress

Fun fact, in my original #SummerSewing moodboard, I had the Sway Dress by Papercut in a coral twill. And I even made it! But I used a stretch woven sateen from Joann and that fabric was terrible. You could see the lines of the neck and arm facings through the fabric. You could also see the lines of everything else that was under the fabric… It was unwearable.
Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress

I scrapped that dress and made the Adrift instead, with rayon rather than cotton, and I’m so glad I did!

Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress

I love this dress! The rayon is perfect for the flowy ruffles on the sleeves and skirt. I like the adjustable drawstring at the waist (it’s a faux wrap skirt, the drawstring doesn’t hold the skirt together, it just allows for better fit) and coral is my favorite color.

Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress

Only problems with this dress: 1) darts are a wee bit too high. Not a big deal. 2) Rayon. Rayon gets super wrinkly with wear, and it’s especially noticeable in a solid color. Luckily the wrinkles soften with heat and since it’s always hot in Texas I hope the wrinkles won’t be terrible. Not that I mind too much. This dress is so cute, even with wrinkles!

Seamwork Hayden

Seamwork Hayden

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

Continuing on with my #SummerSewing projects (1: Yes, I realize it is October, I’m just now getting around to blogging. 2: It is still 90+ degrees in Texas. Summer never ends…), this is my third and final shirt from my list.

Summer 2018 Wardrobe Mood Board

This is the Seamwork Hayden woven tee, altered to add a peplum skirt rather than a folded hemband.

I also inserted ladder lace into the front and waist seamlines.

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

This super lightweight navy Swiss dot cotton came from Fabric.com and the lace from Etsy.

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

The button in back is from my stash.

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

For my alterations, I began with the cropped version on this shirt. To convert the hemband to a peplum I simply doubled the length of the band pieces, stitched them together at the side seams, gathered the top edge and stitched to the lace. I did not fold the band up like in the original garment. Rather, I simply hemmed the lower edge. This made the shirt about three inches longer than it would have been normally.

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

I have to admit, of my #SummerSewing, this is the project I’m least excited about. I think I just wasn’t able to match my vision for this shirt with what the pattern could produce.  My main gripe deals with the style lines. The princess seams aren’t proper “fit” seams. They don’t go over the fullest part of the bust. They sit closer to the side seams. This makes the front of the chest area seem wider than it is.

Basically, I wanted a “loose,” “full” shape but the seam line placement creates an illusion that the shirt is too big. Even though the shirt fits in the shoulders and high bust, it looks like it doesn’t because that lace isn’t floating over the bust apex.

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

Added to that issue are side-darts which are necessary because the seamlines don’t help the fit. The darts are hard to see but they create an awkward pointy mess where dart meets lace. Because the seamline is pushed toward the side seam, that means the dart point has to end further back from the bust apex than it normally would, only adding to the weird pointy effect. How can I describe it? It’s like the dart point doesn’t even touch my bust. It just floats off in space, away from my body. Like the point is repelled from the rest of me.

I don’t want to say this is a bad design. My combo of light fabric and lace in the seams likely didn’t help things. This is a personal preference issue and while the design and instructions were fine, the end result is just not what I ultimately wanted.

Seamwork Hayden Shirt (modified)

Next time I’ll choose a more traditional princess seam bodice (no darts) and use that as a basis for a shirt. I do think the peplum turned out well. It adds a fun touch to the shirt. Hey, they can’t all be winners!

Embroidered Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress

Deer and Doe Myosotis

This dress is the Deer and Doe Myosotis. Another make from my #SummerSewing series and possibly my favorite piece yet!

Summer 2018 Wardrobe Mood Board

I ordered this lovely white embroidered cotton from Finch Fabrics. The bodice and skirt lining is plain old white cotton.

 

The clear buttons are the same from my Alder Dress but in a larger size (thanks Roseana!).

Deer and Doe Myosotis

I’ve sewn a few Deer and Doe patterns before and this one was easy to follow.

Deer and Doe MyosotisI loved the styling of this dress. You can get a completely different silhouette depending on fabric type. I used a thick cotton but you could make it with rayon for a drapey dress.

Deer and Doe MyosotisI chose to sew the version with all the gathers because that seemed fun.

Deer and Doe MyosotisThe waistline actually isn’t fitted at all, so the gathers help give an illusion of a waistline. This is actually pretty nice for summer time when you don’t want clothes tight on your body. But that paired with the poofy ruffles and a fabric with a lot of body makes for an especially girly dress.

Deer and Doe Myosotis

Because I had to line my dress I made a couple minor changes to the pattern. I didn’t topstitch down the center front facings. I figured the buttons and buttonholes would keep the facing in place well enough.

I made the lining of the skirt a little less wide and shorter than the overall embroidered skirt. I also nixed the extra ruffle on the skirt lining.

Deer and Doe Myosotis DressI worried the embroidered fabric would be too bulky for the gathers but I think it works – with the help of topstitching to keep the seam allowances from flopping around.

Deer and Doe Myosotis

I love love love this dress! Only one issue – the center front has something like 6 layers (two of which are gathered) not counting seam allowances, and it was difficult to sew across them and get a straight seam. As a result, my center front is a tad wonky. This is one of those details that no one else will notice but me. Nevertheless, I’ll probably go back and hand stitch that part to get a straighter line. In the meantime, I’ll keep wearing it because it’s such a nice dress!

Deer and Doe Myosotis