Well, you’ll be glad to know that I’m back on planet earth now after the emotions that sent me sky high after the last post. Thank you to each & everyone of you who wrote such kind, wise and supportive words. If I could hug each & everyone of you, your shoulders would get soggy !!
But sewing it is now. [Sound klaxon: warning!!! Maria Denmark superfan alert!!]
A dress I made in the summer, just as summer arrived. I got the timing all wrong and have only started wearing it in September, but folks, it’s a winner. (Of course it is as you know I l.o.v.e every Maria Denmark pattern I’ve made)
This is the Audrey dress by Maria Denmark. (available through Craftsy) It’s a basic knit dress, with some back darts for a bit of shaping, the side seams also shaped. But this dress skims styishly: it’s not a figure hugger. Maria has made patterns for a B cup pattern & a C cup – I went B. I used some polka dot jersey I had in my stash (which had been earmarked for a Day to Night Drape Top originally). Let me tell you this is so easy to wear as well – I’ve worn it with leggings & boots (see pics) for a weekend dress, & last night wore it with red tights, ballet flats, cute cardi & a warm red scarf for a meal out. It is also the perfect travel dress – it packs into a small roll in your bag, & is so comfy for travelling around in. And I wouldn’t advise you something I had not tried for myself – it was in my bag for my trip to Newcastle & was worn on the journey home.
Making it up is a cinch- being a knit & using my overlocker on nearly all of it (not neckline). In fact it classes as one of my “quick satisfying makes” done in a few hours and eeekd out of not much fabric as well (this one could possibly have been made up from a metre of 150 cm wide jersey)- score! It has cuffs & neck in contrast – you could really get creative with colour matching, but I went for plain navy on top of my mass polka dots.
Let’s talk about the neck though. This is not a t-shirt bound neck. This has another treatment. It’s not an exposed facing, but a shaped neck piece that is interfaced. Maria calls them neckline edges. It was easy enough to sew & I must say I like the shape of the neckline too. Next time I might make it a bit shorter, but it feels absolutely fine like it is for this one.
Oh my word. I just want more! You know this is so easy to wash & wear. Yesterday I was that desperate to wear it, I took it straight off the dryer & hoped my body heat would get rid of the slight dampness remaining from its latest wash!!