As my overflowing sewing studio can attest, fabric hoarding collecting is one of my favorite things. I think the right fabric can really elevate a handmade garment and take it from “crafty” to “OMG, where did you buy that?!”. Lucky for us home sewists, finding beautiful, quality apparel fabrics is getting easier. Michelle, from Style Maker Fabrics, curates a gorgeous collection of fabrics each spring and fall and the Spring 2017 collection is no exception.
As part of the Style Maker Fabrics Spring blog tour, I sewed up two different looks – a button back dress for work or Easter brunch and a sporty knit top that’s perfect for after a workout or perusing the local farmer’s markets.
Hey June Trevi Top Dress
Pattern: Hey June Trevi Top Dress Version
Fabric: Clover Dot Rayon Crepe from Style Maker Fabrics. I love a good rayon crepe! This fabric is so drapey yet substantial (i.e.: not too tricky to sew with) and feels and looks like a fabric on a shirt I would buy in J Crew.
Thoughts: As soon as I saw the Trevi Top, the dress version immediately jumped to the top of my ‘to-sew’ list. I got to try on the sample that Adrianna from Hey June made and it fit like a glove and made me feel beautiful, so I set out to make the same size. Unfortunately for me, I’m an instruction skimmer and I missed that the seams are french seamed, so I accidentally sewed with the wrong seam allowance and my dress is a little big. Nothing that a little trip through the serger can’t fix, but having to adjust the bias neck and arm bindings is making me procrastinate a smidgen. 😉
I LOVE the button back. In fact, I love it so much that I did the unthinkable (for me)… I hand sewed all the buttons. Impressive, right?
Next Time: I’ll sew this dress with the proper seam allowance and shorten it by 2 inches (I’m 5’2 ish, for reference).
Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Pattern: Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt in View B
Fabric: Quilted Texture Double Knit from Style Maker Fabrics. This fabric is amazing! It’s has structure and body yet is so soft! Style Maker Fabrics also has it in white and I think some pattern blocking with these fabrics would be really pretty.
Size: 2. My measurements put me in the size 4, but I wanted a more fitted sweatshirt and I could tell from the finished garment measurements that there was room to spare.
Thoughts: This sweatshirt sewed together so quick! I looove me some instant gratification sewing and this project took me only a couple hours from printing to finishing the final hem.
Next Time: I’m not totally sold on the crop top look on me. My torso is a bit short, so I feel like a crop top makes me look like my body goes straight from boobs to legs. Next time, I think I would lengthen the top by 3 inches. Also, I’d like to try View A next winter and make a cozy long sleeve.
Follow along with the rest of the Spring Tour lineup! Lori from Girls in the Garden is wrapping up the tour tomorrow.
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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography