Oops! I accidentally went two months without a blog post. Life has been busy and full of changes which has left little time for sewing. I squeezed in some time last week to make this dress!
I’ve been wanting a dress like this for a while. I have seen a lot of tutorials to make something similar. I’d rather just have a pattern to work off of so I was excited when the Victory Patterns Sophia popped up on my Instagram feed. The Sophia dress has a shirred bodice, four different sleeve options and a long skirt that can be lined. I used a tencel cotton lawn from Sew Me Sunshine. I saw it on the website earlier this year but hesitated to buy it because I was worried I only wanted it because Valentine’s Day was coming up. Well, Valentine’s Day passed and I was still thinking about it but it sold out! When I was browsing the website in the spring I was so excited when I saw it was in stock again. This fabric is sooo soft! It is a bit sheer though so I lined the front bodice and the skirt with a white viscose. I was a little short on fabric so I had to lessen the angle of the A line on the skirt pieces so they would fit on my fabric.
I love how it came out. Perfect summer dress! But let’s be honest- I’m definitely throwing a cardigan and tights on with this dress at Valentine’s Day.
Oh, how I love this top! Of course it has a ruffle! I said I would be back with my other Papercut patterns make and here it is- the Moana! There is also a version to make a dress with a gathered skirt but as I’ve said before, I really needed more tops in my wardrobe. This pattern is so perfect for wearing with high waisted pants and can be layered up with a cardigan (that I immediately put on after these photos were taken)!
I made this top in just a couple hours. I made one change to the pattern. This pattern calls for an exposed zipper at the back of the neck but I’m not a fan of exposed zippers. Since this pattern has a facing, I just stitched up that seam so I would have a slit and I added a piece of elastic and button at the top. It worked perfectly!
As far as fit, I cut the smallest size and I’m pretty happy with it. I was worried it was going to be too short in the front because I have a long torso but it’s actually perfect. The arm holes could maybe be a little smaller but I don’t think it’s necessary. I think the next time I make one, I will adjust the placement of the bodice darts slightly.
THIS FABRIC! I placed my first order with Sew Me Sunshine. If you haven’t heard of this fabric shop before, it’s run by Harriet in the UK and she stocks the most amazing fabrics. I’ve been wanting to order from her for such a long time. One night I felt like browsing, and I had to order this Woodland viscose. It’s such a pretty berry color that I don’t have in my wardrobe and it has the cutest little woodland animals on it. The fabric is made in Spain and is so lovely. I was really worried about working with viscose but it sewed up beautifully.
I’m so excited about this top and I can already tell that I’m going to get a lot of wear out it!