I was so excited when Olga, the designer behind Coffee and Thread, invited me on board this fantastic tour. The list of participants is amazing, and I kind of think I'm not worthy, but here I am, haha. You can find links to everyone's blogs (and a fun giveaway!!) at the bottom of this post.
I thought the hard part would be deciding which pattern I would make, but then I remembered that I had in mind a hack of the Mulberry Tunic from back when I tested the Eleena Dress. Or maybe it was when I tested the Ila Dress? Or the Ania? Haha, my memory is terrible these days! Anyway, the point is that I wanted to make a color-blocked dress inspired by an adult dress I found online back in the day. But then....my daughter started elementary school and she said she wanted more "soft clothes." By "soft" she meant knit, and by "clothes" she meant dresses, of course. She also mentioned the school was colder than her kindergarten, so she wanted long sleeves.
I don't know that I was 100% successful with this attempt at a Mulberry dress, but she was incredibly happy with it, thankfully (the addition of the hood won me some points). And that's all we moms want in the end, right? All the other stuff is just extra. At least, that's what I keep telling myself to make myself feel better about all the little things I "coulda-shoulda" done, haha.
So with knits, usually you are advised to size down, right? Well, I like to live on the edge. I sized UP. Hahaha, okay that's not exactly true.
With a woven, I probably would have made this in a size 6 (or maybe a 5). I decided to stick with a 6 for knit because the original plan was to make a casing the way Mie did with her beautiful tunic/dress here and I was hoping that it would be a bit flowy that way. (By the way, if you've been reading my blog for some time now, you probably already know that I consult the Sewing Like Mad blog before I proceed with just about everything. Not that I always succeed, ha!)
As you can see, I didn't end up making a casing, and I'm still on the fence about whether or not I should have. But my fellow tour member, Tami of Sew Sophie Lynn, tried to console me by saying that the nightgown look is the new trend in day dresses (hee hee), so I'm totally going with that!
For the fabric, I used what was left of what might be my favorite print from the Paperie collection by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love every single one of her collections!
I paired it with some polka dot knit that I bought from my local Yuzawaya in Tokyo. I barely had enough left for the sleeves (in fact, I had to make them shorter than the pattern due to fabric shortage), so I thought I would compensate by adding cuffs. Have I mentioned that we all have relatively short arms in our family? I seem to have forgotten this fact, and now the sleeves are too long. Oh well, let's hope she can wear it for longer.
And now for a little surprise --
My daughter needed a special dress for her first day of school. It's a pretty big deal in Japan, and I wanted something classic and simple -- something elegant. She had one requirement: it had to twirl. Naturally.
This was around the time I was part of the Polina Dress test (see my version below), so I started bugging Olga about making a pattern for a dress with long sleeves.
Well, because she is so amazing and generous, not only did she draft sleeves -- she drafted a new bodice (the back has an invisible zip closure) AND a collar to go with it!! She basically made a whole new dress pattern. Can you believe it? No, I couldn't either!
Look at how happy my daughter is :) She doesn't even mind that her mother doesn't know how to tie a ribbon properly.
Because I used a crepe fabric from Robert Kaufman, I didn't want to deal with trying to press and hem a circle skirt, so I hemmed with bias tape. (Thanks for the tips, Emily!)
If you think Olga should make this a new pattern, feel free to join the Coffee and Thread Facebook group and make some noise!! ;)
In the meantime, you can get all her amazing patterns for 20% off with the code "Coffeeandthreadtour" - you can buy them HERE. And you can enter the giveaway below:
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Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour. I promise you that everyone's makes will blow you away!
Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated