Friday, July 1, 2016

Esme, an almost perfect fit


I want to make dresses. I have a lot of dresses already, and I have a pretty good pattern of my own all drawn and tested and demonstrated to work well and fit me, but there are always more patterns out there, sewn and worn by you all with so much style, and I guess I just can't help it.

This is the Esme tunic from Lotta Jansdotter's beautiful and inspiring book Everyday Style. Dang, it (mostly) fits me. Probably I will need to move the darts and lengthen it a little bit (uh oh, sewing modifications! Not my jam. Making it my jam, though, because I really want to figure it out) and then this just might be it, my uniform. I see everyone wearing these loose tunics with so much aplomb, over tights or leggings or jeans, with boots or flats or whatever, a statement scarf, and I just wanna. It looks so comfortable, so easy. Felicia from The Craft Sessions is considering using this pattern to sew her own wedding dress which is the highest recommendation I can imagine.

How do you keep the fabric from clinging to the layer underneath, though? That mystery will have to be unraveled before I can venture too deeply into this look, because I don't feel like worrying that the back of my dress is all bunched up every time I get out of a chair. It must be possible; you're all wearing these tunics, everyone out there is wearing these tunics. Tell me.

I realized recently that (way) past age forty, my lifelong fast food and candy-based diet wasn't doing me any favors, so I swapped it out for fruits and vegetables, and doing that has changed the shape of me considerably. I have had to get rid of a lot of clothes, and have a good reason to make lots of new ones. Only now I honestly don't know where to put the darts in things, or even what size to make, really. Oh, life is for learning things. More of these dresses to come, and probably lots of other things, too.