Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Seamwork Taylor Dress

 Seamwork just dropped 2 new patterns yesterday and as an ambassador, I get early access. I chose to make the Taylor dress this month. 

I am 5'3" with full bust of 41, waist 35, and hips 44. I chose to make a size 14. I made a muslin of the bodice and oh boy, I'm so glad I did. Holy cleavage batman! Not only was the v-neck very low, there was significant gaping along the front neckline, likely due to my small bust. I am short waisted and shortened the length of the bodice by 1/2 inch. I needed to pinch out the gaping in the neckline which was about by 1/2" each side. I raised the neckline cross-over point by 1 inch. This significantly changed the neckline in such a way that the provided facing piece no longer fit. I created a new facing piece by tracing a 2 inch width along the neckline of my new front bodice piece. I kept the length of the skirt the same, I prefer longer dresses these days. 

The fabric is from, sadly sold out. It is a rayon crinkle crepe with a lovely green background. 

I'm so happy with this dress! I am really glad I took the time to make a muslin because if I hadn't, I wouldn't have liked it and wouldn't have worn it. 


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Seamwork Mel and Skipper

Today I'm showing you a couple pieces from my Fall/Winter wardrobe capsule. They are my last two makes of 2021- the Seamwork Skipper top and Mel pants. I can go matchy-matchy or mix and match them with other pieces which I love. 

I used a wonderfully smooth, beefy, ponte knit from Style Maker fabrics in a deep teal color. Fleece can be too heavy and warm in my climate. I was a little worried about using ponte for these styles but the fabric worked out perfectly for this. 

The Skipper top is essentially a classic sweatshirt style. The neckline is a slight boatneck, not quite a crew neck. There is the option of an oversized patch pocket. I initially added the pocket, thought it would be unique. But ultimately I thought it looked better without and took it off. I made a size Large (my measurements are a 41 inch full bust, 35 inch waist). This worked out perfectly. I do find Seamwork's sleeves to be extraordinarily long on me and shortened them by 1 inch. 

For the Mel, I cut a size 14. I've got 44 inch hips. Again, This worked out great. Shortened the length by 1 inch in the legs.

I had no issues with instructions or construction. Just about everything was sewn on my serger with the exception of 2 buttonholes and some waistband topstitching on the pants. 

The ponte is perfect! It's not quite has hot as fleece can be. It keeps me warm but is breathable. 

I've been a Seamwork ambassador for about a year and a half now. This means that I have a free unlimited membership, basically access to all their patterns, with the trade off of making and sharing 5 items per year. There are no affiliate links in this post.