When I love-I love with my all.
Ask my opinion-and I will give it-honestly.
(But I try to be kind).....
When I first found the Clever Charlotte patterns,I was a little excited.
I think my grammatically incorrect statement was ''Me Likey'' and I did(and do)
Now my heart remains with oliver+s,for a 'sewing lesson in a pattern' and a classic designed children's outfit,they more then fit the bill.
However,my soul was yearning for something more......a little edgy,a little more sophistication,something different.
Well Baby-baby,I have found it!
I have started with the Wren Dress.
Its clean lines but gorgeous fullness was just begging to be made in some slate blue/grey floral poplin that I have been keeping for just that sort of dress!
The material is one of those rare finds from Spotlight,a no name,from the $2 /m bin from memory,but that is just what I wanted. I want this pattern to speak-not a designer fabric to do the talking for it!
The pattern comes in its own ziplock bag(which I love as I always transfer my patterns straight in to one).
Its printed on nice tissue with sweet little twirly's printed around the pieces. I am a philistine and always cut out the largest size and then draft the smaller sizes,so my twirly bits ended up in the bin,but I thought them very pretty!
Off we go chiblings!
Following the patterns instructions,transfer ALL your pattern markings!(Yes,you need to,No,you can not 'wing it')!
The clever Colette recommended this tailors pencil to me and it is brilliant!
Cut your interfacing(I do like that these are separate pattern pieces).
Apply interfacing to the dress facings as directed. I use a pressing cloth.
Following the pattern(step 4) reinforce the neckline and clip into the neckline fold taking care not to snip the stitching.
For step 5,I put my edges to be stitched together,clipped the curves and then neatened separately before stitching them together.
The seams neatened over the clipped curves.
Stitching together after neatening.
When I pinned this seam I panicked as they didn't seem to match!
But never fear....
This little snip at the neck fold...
Allows the seam to open and meet beautifully!
The finished seam pressed open.
Taking shape,the sleeves sewn to the front and back.
Ready for the zipper!
NB, The next time I will sew the sleeve seam together,clip,neaten and press to one side above the neck edge and the other below.
I think in a fine to medium fabric it will sit just fine.
I will let you know!
So far......So very good!