Selfish Sewing Week Continued

by lowbeamstudios

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After a weekend away, I hopped right back into my selfish sewing plans.  Even though the temperature is eighty degrees today, I am planning for the cold weather around the corner.  And why is it eighty degrees in October anyway?

the pattern:  Anna Maria Horner’s Painted Portrait Dress

the fabric:  “Little Letter” Nani Iro brushed cotton; pockets, facing, and sleeve bands in linen (scraps) from www.fabric-store.com.  Have you felt this fabric?  It is perfect for fall and winter sewing:  A flannel textured twill weave that makes the comfiest clothes.  And the muted palette of this print is perfect.

After my first Portrait Blouse, I knew another garment from this pattern had to be quick coming.  This version is the pocketed dress with sleeves.  The loose fit of the skirt means no grading between sizes was necessary for my off-standard proportions.   Again I changed the directions by attaching the facing by hand and sewing french seams throughout.  This time around I also hand-finished the hems.  Although a bit more time consuming than machine blind hemming I much prefer the final product of handwork:  The inside looks as finished as the out.  The only noticeable change to the pattern is the hem of the sleeves.  I liked the pop of dark at the elbow during a mid-sew fitting so I changed it up to keep a bit of the bias peeking out.

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