Today’s the day! Sew Over it released their new ebook and I was lucky enough to be able to pattern test two of the five patterns included! It’s all about patterns that you can wear to work and then out! I chose the Edie top- a great boat neck basic, in a medium weight cotton jersey and the Kate skirt made of six panels with a slit in each, in a wool crepe. (Twirls were necessary to show it off!)
I bought both of my fabrics on my recent trip to the garment district in NY. If you’ve never been, it’s quite overwhelming. I somehow managed to stay focused and find just what I was looking for. I found the green and white striped fabric first and was drawn to it. It’s a good weight and quality (I feel like this is hard to find for some reason). I wanted the pieces to coordinate and already had green in mind. I came across I pile of wool crepe bolts and thought it would work well! I love this deep green color I found. I’ve never sewn with it before but it had a nice drape and would be great for the upcoming season. (If it’s your first time sewing with wool crepe as well- all I can say is watch out for fraying! Serging/ finishing the edges is a must!)
The Edie top came together quickly and I had no issues. I might take in the side seams a little bit next time. It’s also offered as a dress and I definitely plan to make one.
The skirt was quite easy as well. Six panels, a waistband and side zip. The panels stop at about 2/3 s of the way down and open up into slits. It’s a really great detail and makes a simple skirt a bit more interesting.
I’m quite annoyed at myself for not reading through the instructions first. I had no clue there were slits until I sat down to start! I really needed a dark thread in my serger or coordinating hem tape but I didn’t have and I was on a time restraint. It’s noticeable when I walk and you can see the inside of the skirt. I plan on fixing this one day.
The only issue I had with the skirt was the hem… it was time consuming. I hand stitched all the slits and bottoms but it’s recommended and I agreed with it. Hand stitching isn’t my favorite but I popped on a movie and just did it!
As I said before, there are more patterns included in the ebook and lots of variations. Definitely check it out if you’re looking for patterns that you can wear from work or on a night out!