A post by: Sara
The pattern: Solina from Breaking The Pattern by Named Patterns
The fabric: Winter Rose Viscose Crepe
Hello! My name is Sara and I’m the sewing blogger behind The Sara Project. I’m thrilled to be an ambassador for Fabric Godmother, and to be sharing my first post with you. If you haven’t already heard, Named Clothing, an Indie Sewing pattern company, recently published their first sewing pattern book, Breaking The Pattern. Within this stunning book you will find some really unique and original designs. I loved the Solina Dress from the moment I laid eyes on it, and instantly thought of Fabric Godmother when deciding what fabric to use. Josie, the shop owner, is well known for her gorgeous dress making fabrics! I fell in love with this viscose crepe floral fabric called “Winter Rose”and it was a match made in heaven. Once you find your perfect fabric and pattern pairing, there’s no going back!
I initially pictured this dress for Christmas and the Holiday season, but after seeing it all sewn up, I love it for any season. The colors in this fabric work great for anytime of the year! I’m so happy with the results of this pattern and fabric combination.
Getting started, I prepped my fabric by washing it on a cold, gentle cycle, and dried it on a low setting in my dryer. No problems there, it washed up really well. The fabric also sewed up beautifully! I found my walking foot to be very useful while sewing with this fabric to keep both layers aligned as I went a long sewing due to it’s slippery nature.
As for the pattern, The Solina dress fits well out of the package. I went with a size 4 based off of my waist measurement since this pattern is fitted at the waist, and graded to a size 2 in the bust. I found the sleeves to be a little wider than I would like, and took them in slightly along the seam line. I also found the top of the sleeve hung slightly off my shoulder, where it should have aligned right on my shoulder notch, so I adjusted where necessary. I noticed the underarm side seam is a little baggy too, but so is the dress the model is wearing in the pattern book, something to keep in mind if you plan to make this dress. Some of the sleeve issues could have been a result of the shiftiness of the crepe fabric, but I did make sure to check the pattern shape by laying the pattern piece back over the fabric after being cut and trimming off any extra fabric added to the pattern shape. I also took in the side seams about 1/4” from the underarm to the hip line to achieve a better fit.
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The lines in this pattern are gorgeous, and paired with this fabric make a showstopper of a dress. I’m so excited to add it to my wardrobe! I can’t praise the gorgeous fabrics Fabric Godmother has to offer enough! You can’t go wrong.
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