Hello sewing mojo! And hello everyone who's made it here from Mari's Dandelion dress & top blog hop.
I am so excited to share the latest design Mari let me test for her amazing sewing pattern line, Disparate Disciplines. The Dandelion Dress and Top looks deceptively simple, and is actually pretty easy to sew up, thanks to her really great illustrations in the instructions.
But my goodness--the lines on this dress/top are sooo cool! Mari is a drafting genius. I loved sewing up her Avacado Hoodie pattern, and this one is no different.
It's super hard to see in the photos that I took, but the design is so cool. I think I'm going to do a color-blocked version sometime to really show off the beautiful lines of the garment.
Here's a courtesy lop-sided chest shot to show the darts a little more clearly. Please excuse the wrinkliness in all the photos. I wore this around all day before I got a chance to take pictures. I made the top in a rayon challis I bought on a trip to Vogue Fabrics in Chicago. The top is so easy, breezy to wear.
When I sewed up the top, I made no changes to the pattern as it was designed, though usually I need a swayback adjustment and I need to shorten tops. When I was done, I found that I just needed to sew the shoulder seams much deeper in order to fix all of my adjustments.
I didn't end up needing a zipper because I made the garment with about 1" positive ease throughout. I slightly pinched the center seam of the top of the back to help bring the collar in a little better after the shoulder adjustment.
Unfortunately, that one adjustment screwed with the gorgeous neckline that Mari had drafted (View A). I cut the neckline a bit deeper, and I just used some double fold bias tape in my stash to finish off the neckline because I didn't feel like drafting a proper facing. I had just enough bias tape to finish off the bottom so I didn't lose any length on the top, either.
Conclusion: You guys should totally try this sewing fun-ness out. I'm telling you. It's super fun to put together and didn't take much time. Drafting genius-ness.
And check out other people on the blog hop for more Dandelion inspiration!