If you haven’t checked out the Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle, you only have two days left! This bundle holds patterns from 10 different Indie designers. Depending on how much you want to spend, you get 5, 7 or 10 patterns. In any case you won’t have to spend much, though – the patterns are hugely discounted! And the discount gets bigger if you buy more – you can get 5 patterns for $5 each, or 10 patterns for $3.80 each. This kind of sale is not likely to happen ever again, so if you’ve had your eye on even a few of these patterns, your money is well spent. Even more so because 20% of proceeds will go to charity, Women for Women. I’ve made up one of the patterns in this bundle, the Walkley Dress from MIYCollection.
The Walkley Dress is one of those perfect palate-cleansing projects: I’ve printed, taped, cut and sewn it in half a day. The silhouette is just what I like – a boat neckline and cap sleeves, curving in at the waist. Wendy describes it as ‘your new favourite alternative to a t-shirt’ and it might become just that. A T-shirt with no sleeves to set in makes it just that faster to sew and thus more likely to get sewn in between projects.
I’ve still made some changes to the pattern. I can’t help myself, I have a strong vision of what I want/need and it’s almost never exactly the same as the pattern. I’ve lengthened the dress by 1″ at the waist. I thought I had the perfect fabric for it, this striped bamboo jersey from Blackbird fabrics. Unfortunately I bought 1m and it shrunk to 0.95 m in the wash. The dress requires 1m exactly, and with the length I added it didn’t fit the fabric. I really wanted to use it anyway, so it’s just a bit shorter than intended. I’ve lowered the neckline and sewn a neckband instead of folding over the fabric. I’ve also cinched in the waist a little by sewing two pleats at the back. A narrow waist and a sway back makes that I always have a lot of fabric at the small of my back.
Now can we zoom in on that stripe matching or a bit? Is that perfect or what! I have to admit it’s this beautifully soft but stable jersey helped a lot. I just pinned every other stripe, stretched slightly while sewing and voilà: *insert smug face*. I know stripe matching isn’t the hardest of skills, but I always feel it has the potential of costing a lot of time/unpicking and it feels extra great when it doesn’t.
So if you’d like to grab this pattern along with 9 others, hop on over to the Sew Independent shop! Cation Designs also just posted her Walkley Dress. The Jasper Sweater/Dress is included as well, and several people have made great versions this past week: Lori from Girls in the Garden, Caroline from Handmade by Caroline, Yuki from Waffle Patterns and Melwyk from Magpie Makery. There’s only two days left to get this amazing bundle so don’t wait!