I like observing that rush of new projects online that follows a popular pattern release. I also have a lot of admiration for those of you who are always on the lookout for a new challenge.
But when it comes to sewing, I’m pretty intent on reducing the risks. Fabric — and increasingly also time — seems precious, even when it was a second-hand purchase. And it’s not the fabric, anyway, it’s the mindset. I know you can’t win them all, but I want to at least win most of them. And by “win” I just mean “get a wearable garment.”
It’s not that easy for me, I’ve found. It might be a matter of silhouette but I know I wouldn’t get that result “right out of the pattern envelope.” So it’s either muslining or at least baste-fitting before actual sewing. And, in this case, making several versions over which I worked on the fit of my tricky upper back.
Without further ado, here’s yet another Laurel shift:
So no novelty here, but knowing that I have the fit worked out (and witha few different fabrics), I can play with details. I added pockets (which are included in the original pattern) and cuffs (taken from the Seamwork York blouse and slightly redrafted to work with the Laurel sleeve).
I also replaced the bias finish on the neckline with a facing. I prefer the bias tape finish most of the time, but this time I wanted to give the facing a try. It doesn’t flip out too much (tacking down on the shoulders definitely helps keep it in check).
Here I am playing with the cuffs
I usually bring the side seams in above the waist a little bit but I left the original shape this time and skipped the zipper. I could have sewn the central back seam all the way up but I wanted to use a fun button at the top (you can’t see it very well but it’s a cat). And life would be too boring if I didn’t get to fight with a corded button loop every now and then, so I also added that.
unbelted and pleased with the darts on the back
Thoughts for next time:
- do make those manila/light cardboard pocket templates for next time. Pressing the pockets into shape was difficult and only worked out okay because the fabric was cooperating;
- the fabric was an incredibly pleasant surprise: it’s a polyester crepe. With some patience it pressed nicely and it wears well even if it’s not the most breathable (but it’s not the least breathable either, who would have thought?)
Most importantly perhaps, this dress has given my slender work wardrobe a boost, so I’m signing off with an invisible smile.
What have you been sewing?