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.

36 comments:

  1. I love that you are tackling the 'tailoring' aspect of these great tunic/dresses! Bravo. I think that you will find the answer to the dress being lodged up the back in your fabric choices. Rayons and linens have the substance that you need for the tunic to hang well. Blends of these also, as well as light denims for summer. The cottons are another story - most are too light weight or finely woven to hang well. I love challis, but it's hard to find. Poplin is too stiff and double gauze too fine for tunics or dresses.

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    1. Thanks for those specific tips, Jody!

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    2. Yes, thank you so much! Just the info I was looking for--off to hunt for some linen now. :)

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  2. I found that the cotton skirt I made clung to tights when I wore them. According to the lady who does vlogs on YouTube from Sew Over It (forgotten her name), this is just what happens when you wear cotton with tights. She recommends wearing an anti static slip underneath.

    I thought you had lost weight, you probably feel better for it - I know I do at a lighter weight. That said I am not going to tell you that you look better as you always looked gorgeous, elegant and stylish and you do still. Health is even more important than how we look and I want to be nimble and quick in my old age, so I take similar care.

    I have long eaten veg and fruit as a vegetarian but I've now cut out all the added sugar ( I eat wholefood carbs and I eat fruit, I just eliminate the processed stuff). No urges at all, it's weird. Weight just cares for itself. I eat lots and really love and enjoy my food.

    Getting the fit right with dress making is the whole thing. I shouldn't think you will have any problems as you are so competent at designing and planning knits for your own shape. Great dress, good that you are enjoying sewing too.
    Sara

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    1. The weight does take care of itself, it's true, and I want to be nimble too, as I age. I do feel better, too--much better. :)

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  3. It looks great from a non sewer point of view :)

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  4. Don't worry the style really suits you. Alter it to make you feel comfortable but it does look good. Jackie

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    1. Thanks, Jackie--I won't give up! :)

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  5. Adorable..always was and will always be.xo susie

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  6. Fast food and candy based diet -- that so describes my lifelong diet as well :-\ You look great, and I love your tunic look. I might just join in the club!

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    1. You can do it, Jana, I believe in you! xoxo

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  7. This looks great on you
    Frankie
    http://knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Frankie! I'ma keep trying. :)

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  8. Looks fantastic on you. I'm at the beginning of sewing clothes for myself so you are way ahead of me. I've pinned the esme dress as part of my capsule wardrobe. Felicity is the best. You'll learn over time how to make adjustments to your new rock'n body. I've lost a lot of weight to due to my new diet and have no need for a bra really!

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    1. No need for bra! Me=jealous. xoxo

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  9. OK so the darts are definitely in the wrong place! but tack them in and try on then move them if you need to. I wear a short skirt style petticoat in a slinky fabric which I have meaning to blog about for ages. I wear it under all my tunics in jersey, wool etc. and it stops the sticking and knicker line. I think you will master this lady - keep going! Jo x

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    1. When you say "move them", I'm imagining kind of looking in the mirror, saying to myself, "yeh, it looks about two inches too high" and sort of sketching a wobbly mark onto the wrong side of the fabric. There must be more to it than that, but I just don't know...lol! And your slinky petticoat goes well under a tunic and over leggings or jeans? Planning now to haunt your blog for more info...:)

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  10. Yeah I'm gonna have to give up my candy and fast food diet too. But looking at you it will be worth it :) I love the tunic!!!

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  11. Nice to see that somebody got past the worm's nest of the pattern layout. Which should be illegal, in my opinion!

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    1. Much squinting and swearing, but I got there in the end. :)

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  12. You are always one step ahead of me! I just ordered that book after reading the same blog post about the wedding dress. It looks really good on you. I thought you looked like you lost weight about 2 knitted sweater posts ago :) Good for you because once you hit fifty it's so much harder! The 'cling" is difficult. Depends on what type of material is rubbing against leggings/tights. Flannel is probably the worst, followed by cotton. Rayon clings less. I really like linen. It would have to be bare legs here in California. No leggings between Memorial Day and Halloween where I live.

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    1. Wish I could go bare legs--too chilly most of the time. Looks like I'm on the hunt for some nice linen. :)

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  13. You look wonderful, the dress and diet totally agree with you, not that you did not look wonderful before you did!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  14. Love it! Wish I knew how to sew. Tunics are great, comfortable and classy. I'm not much of a dress person, but wearing a longer top over skinny pants is a look I like.

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  15. Cute dress, for the clingin, or more to prevent, I usually put some bodylotion or handcream on my tights and it works very well.

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    1. Ooh, that's a good idea! Trying it. :)

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  16. Enjoy your blogging and making! I love the look! Inspiring. Also in the over 40 category and adjusting the diet appropriately, and am inspired! I have a ton of cloth, just waiting... soon, I hope to have a ton of time too, for sewing! ;-) I like the silky slip idea. Maybe just a plain tunic pattern in a light thin silky cloth? I will keep that one in mind...!

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    1. I'd love to see your results--it sounds pretty! :)

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  17. I've often wondered how to stop the cling. I'm going to try the lotion idea. As for darts, I googled about moving darts. It's quite easy to do. I had no idea the anatomy of the bodice pattern! Fascinating stuff right there. Congratulations on your dietary changes and the resulting bomb figure!

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  18. I've often wondered how to stop the cling. I'm going to try the lotion idea. As for darts, I googled about moving darts. It's quite easy to do. I had no idea the anatomy of the bodice pattern! Fascinating stuff right there. Congratulations on your dietary changes and the resulting bomb figure!

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  19. I wear what is ostensibly a long slinky black tank top under my tunics to skim over lumps and bumps but it also helps stop cling. I remembered this yesterday when i washed it and wore a tunic without it. i would love to know more about the fruit and veg consumption. Is this for between meals or did you boost the numbers of them in your meals?

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