The pattern I used is the Kathryn shirt/dress. I bought this pattern a few months ago when it released and the anniversary tour was the perfect occasion to sew it up. I bought the pattern because of the folding detail on the chest. I suspected that this would be a perfect pattern for my shape and I was right. Although the pattern doesn't explicitly support different cup sizes like many of Itch to stitch's pattern do (those come in 5 different cup sizes, it is very easy to make the shirt fit your front perfectly. For the fulled part of the shirt I choose the size that corresponds with my chest size and I graded down to the size that corresponds with my waist size. I assume that this pattern is flattering on any breast type. For the fuller breasted the pattern is perfect to create enough space, for the smaller breasted I assume it creates more volume.
Due to the fall weather conditions, I added sleeves to the pattern. I used a retail bought sweater as example. The Kathryn pattern has short (Dollman) sleeves, and I simply added (3/4) sleeves with a flat head. Due to the flat head, construction was super simple, no cruve sewing. This constitutes to a very easy sew, which would be perfect for beginners. I drew the sleeves based on that retail sweater's. The sleeves of the original sweater are relatively tight and I kept them that way, I really like the result. What about a sleeve extension Kennis Wong?
The fabric is called "Leaves" and is from Lillestoff, it is an oldy and probably not available anymore. I bought it last years and I still love the colors. I had one and a half meter of fabric and that should have enough for this dress, but I managed to cut the front bodice upside down. Due to the pleats, the bodice piece looks a bit weird and because I sewed this on a sewing date, I wasn't paying enough attention and the leaves ended up upside down. I considered claiming creative freedom for a moment and just using it, but decided against it. I managed to use that wrongly cut piece again, by cutting a sleeve from it, but this mistake made it impossible to cut a new front bodice plus the skirt pieces etc. It almost fitted, almost.. I solved this issue by just sewing a small extra piece to the bodice, did you spot the extra seam?
I flared out the skirt part of the dress, the little girl inside of me demanded a bigger skirt. The fit was immediately perfect. I finished the hem with my "signature style" double colored twin needle seam. It had been a while since I last used a twin needle. Now a days I usually use a zigzag to finish my seams, but the colors of this fabrics just begged for double colored seams.
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