I so rarely sew for myself. I would rather focus my energy on what seems a sure thing--sewing for my girls. Just about everything works out and looks cute on them. On the other hand it seems that sewing for oneself is always a bit of a gamble. I guess I need to do it more so I learn what works and what doesn't. And wouldn't it be great to have a whole set of muslins, which fit me perfectly? That's a project to add to the list!
Well, whether it was the inspiration of all of you out there sewing for yourselves, or my acute need for a wardrobe boost, I took the gamble. And I'm happy I did. Granted I've always had a thing for camoflage, which not everyone shares. There were a few raised eyebrows close to home...but there were also some unsolicited compliments. So I'm calling it a success.
I purchased the Lady Skater sewing pattern during the pattern tour last year and have been wanting to give it a try. This grey and black camo knit fabric seemed the perfect opportunity.
I made a few modifications (though I also want to try this pattern as designed). I made the sleeves elbow length and added a maxi skirt with pockets. I was inspired by the SOLEIL Dress with it's front pockets and concentrated gathers so I created patch pockets with front gathers inbetween. I didn't gather the skirt on the sides and concentrated them in back again and the result is something like a bustle. I love the downward curve on the waistband. I didn't hem the skirt because I like the raw curl. It works for something casual.
This dress works nicely for summer trips where the evenings are cool, such as, say, the Rocky Mountains.... It rolls up for wrinkle-free packing. I know we are smack in the middle of summer but I'm excited about the way it will transition into Fall too.