Over the holidays, we met up with my sister for a ski trip. I also brought along my sewing machine, a handful of patterns, and some muslin so I could work on fitting a few things to her. Since I mostly sew only for myself, it was a good challenge to try fitting someone else.
It’s Simplicity 1541. It’s one of the AmazingFit patterns, and I like that includes options for ‘slim/average’ and ‘curvy.’
The front has princess seams and the back is darted. I sewed the ‘curvy’ version, so the back has two darts. This one fit really well out of the envelope. The only change I made was to taper the side seams a little bit below the hip level.
The fabric is a medium weight cotton that I purchased from Michael Levine a while back. (I’ve also made myself a dress out of this, and will blog that soon.) It’s lined with cream Bemberg rayon.
I followed the zipper/lining method from this free Craftsy course. It worked perfectly and the zipper and lining was sewn completely by machine.
Next I sewed this dress:
The pattern is McCall 6988. This pattern has multiple cup sizes, which was helpful.
The main fabric is a ponte that I ordered online somewhere (I think FabricMart), and I got the lace from Metro Textile when I was in NYC. I purchased these months apart, and just got lucky that they matched so well!
It was my sister’s idea to add lace to the yoke. I love how it turned out, and want to make one for myself.
Long distance sewing is a little stressful because there’s not a chance to fit as you sew the final garment. These are off in the mail now, and hopefully everything works out!