I did a little bit of sewing last week and the week prior - it was my companion of calm while staying up far too late listening to both conventions. While anything I make for the kids ends up looking adorable - add a potato sack to cute kids and it's adorable - the same can't always be said for adult clothing. But this one - this one is a winner and I'm so happy with it. So happy that I've worn it nearly every day possible and had to schedule an emergency trip last Friday to Alewives for more fabric to make another (the best kind of emergency).
The pattern is Dress No. 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing (the fabulous Sonya Philip being behind it all). I will admit to being skeptical based on the simple lines of the pattern, but it totally worked in terms of comfort and fit. I think the drape of this fabric helped a lot - it's a lightweight woven fabric (this one). The pattern instructs for french seams, which I love, but I took it a step further and put in some side seams with those french pockets. It totally makes the dress for me - I am so lost without side pockets, really. (I found a few different tutorials just by searching "french seam side pockets" and after looking at a few, it made sense). I wish I had made it all just a little bit longer so I could have done a blind hem (because next to french seams, I love a blind hem like nobody's business. Its' my favorite foot on my machine - so fun to use and so satisfying to look at.) But that'll be for next time. Seeing as tunics are pretty much all I'm wearing these days, what a delight to find a pattern that I like so much. More to come!