Sewing

Sew Cosy

Sew… I was asked by Sarah of Crafty Sew and So to review one of the patterns from their brand new pattern range, My Handmade Wardrobe. Looking through the patterns I was hoping they would pick the Cosy Jersey Tunic and Dress pattern for me and they did, yay!

The patten is described as a hug that keeps giving all day. Sounds perfect. I definitely need more lounging around the house wear so decided to make the tunic version. There are lots of options included in the pattern; dress length, with or without a tie and pockets.

I decided to go for a colour blocked version with a floral print down the front and back and a plain fabric for the sides and sleeves. Buying fabric online is hard. You obviously can’t feel the fabrics and it’s hard to know if the colours are represented correctly. I love sewing with Ponte and have never been disappointed when buying it online form Fabworks Mill so off I went browsing their website. I loved the plain coral Ponte (sorry seems it’s out of stock) and found this coral and blue Floral Blue Moon Trellis fabric which is described as a waffle type Ponte double jersey. Not wanting to risk the colour and fabric types not working together, they looked perfect online next to each other, I called them. I spoke to George who was super helpful and checked the fabrics next to each other for me and reassured me that the colours were the same and the fabric types would work together. Fabrics ordered and when they arrived I was not disappointed.

I love this these two together.

The fabric requirements seemed quite a lot on the pattern sleeve and I actually used less than 1m of the floral and just over 1m of the plain. I’m only 5’3″ and I love the length the tunic has come up on me. It covers my bum so is perfect for wearing with leggings or thick thighs.

Love the tunic length.

I usually have to do an FBA but as I had lots of fabric to spare I decided to just cut it out based on my measurements and see want happened. There isn’t a side seam which is great as it meant that the top didn’t pull across my bust and therefore no FBA was needed. This is the best news ever for me.

Yay no FBA required!

I will be totally honest and admit that some parts of the instructions got me really confused. The armhole wasn’t something I had ever come across and instead of follow the instructions I just got my self all frustrated about it and then the was the facing with interfacing for the neckline. I was like interfacing a jersey neckline??? But I completely overreacted as the sleeves went in perfect first time and the neckline is my neatest ever in jersey. It just goes to show you should always read the instructions.The instructions are very detailed and are perfect for beginners.

Smiling away in my super cosy dress.

My cosy dress gets worn a lot. I have enough fabric left over that I’m thinking about making another one but the opposite way around or a shorter version so it’s jumper length and making the neckline rounded. So many options!

If you want a cosy dress which is perfect for movie days on the sofa then you need to make one of these.

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