Sewing for the in-between seasons can be tricky. I say that because in Québec there are only two seasons: really cold and really hot. I love Spring and Fall, but they seem to last for only a few weeks! That is why I love coordinates, you can mix and match the different pieces and add layers as needed.
For my Spring project, I chose a Butterick pattern,#6775 :Misses’ & Women’s Jacket, Sash, Dress & Jumpsuit
Jacket has sash. Dress & jumpsuit have front sash & cutout back. Available in sizes 8 – 24W.
I initially planned on making the jumpsuit but settled on sewing the dress with matching jacket instead. It is such a lovely pattern! What attracted me to this pattern were the special details, like the twisted sash and the cutout back.
When browsing through the Fabricville website, I landed upon this beautiful embroidered cotton Embroidered cotton – Leafs – Blue | Fabricville
I thought it would be perfect for this special dress and would also look great for the jacket. It is 100% cotton so it was very easy for work with.
The making of
I first stitched up a muslin using an old sheet to make sure to get a proper fit. I was pleasantly surprised, no modifications needed! I did however choose to lower the neckline by 1.5 inches. I found this to be more comfortable. I then proceeded to cut into my fabric. The jacket came together quite quickly and it was then onto the dress.
I spent a bit more time on this garment because there is a lot of hand stitching involved for the bodice. I used a snap closure for the back, because making a button hole on two layers of embroidered eyelet fabric would be very tricky.
The bodice is lined but I was worried about the skirt not having a lining because of the eyelet fabric, but it was not an issue in the end.
I am very pleased with the jacket and the dress. They can be worn together or as separates, and the jacket can be worn with or without the tie. I like all of the variations!
With the warmer weather fast approaching, I hope everyone will be inspired to make beautiful projects for Spring!