I know what you're thinking:
"Reana Louise, a beautiful garment made from a non eye-searing coloured or patterned fabric? Has some stylish alien invaded your body and taken over your sewing choices?"
A few weeks ago Sewing Superstars Oona and Heather announced their Sew Bossy Initiative. Basically you gather your fabric, your pattern, your supplies... and you send it to someone else. And they send you their pattern and sewing supplies.
I was smitten with the idea but too nervous to approach anyone. Thankfully Heather, in her mind-reading glory, released a fantasy draft pick teaming up me with Carolyn.
If you haven't met Carolyn yet I can tell you she is stylish, sweet, super productive, and my new best bud (not that she knows it). She sent me the loveliest package and card and pre-washed-my-fabric. See? Best bud material.
She even stitched the edge of the fabric pre washing.
Obvious evidence of me punching above my sewing weight? Hell yes.
So I decided to ditch my usual corner cutting and channel my inner Carolyn to create the "What Would Carolyn Do? dress". I finished all my seams, I pressed when I was supposed to, and I fitted as I went. And guys, honestly, it is all cool beans.
I love the outcome and flat-felled my seams, which are the closest thing to wearing your clothes inside out to show off your seams without actually wearing your clothes inside out and looking a bit crazy. I used Sunni's tutorial and I loooove them.
Also, I just want to donate my little 2 cents about Japanese pattern books as they have been making the blogosphere rounds and getting a bit of heat for being shapeless or unnattractive. Some days I, personally, don't want to wear tight fitting clothes, and a beautifully made sack dress is a helluva lot more stylish than flannel bed pants which I may or may not have worn to the shops before. (Hint: I have. Repeatedly).
So, if you are considering doing the Sew Bossy challenge and need that little extra motivation: do it do it do it! I am so happy I pushed myself out of my usual sewing bubble. Sure patterned fabrics are cool but I'm already realising (thanks Me-Made-May) that I need a few more solids, or 'cake' as Tasia would say. This is total vanilla bean pound cake, and I flippin' love vanilla-bean pound cake.
And finally, THANK YOU CAROLYN for doing this challenge with me!
The pattern: Dress "C" from the Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori (the same book that my smug yellow bricks dress is from)
Fabric: Inky blue linen, picked by Carolyn
Changes: I cut out the pockets but decided not to add them as they looked a bit 'kiddish'
Next time: No changes, I love it
Worn with: Itchy legs from that grass.
Also, a silly pose. Just because you might need a giggle today xx