With the price of patterns so high nowadays, it’s great to use a pattern more than once. I think people call it TNT, tried ‘n tested. I fell in love with this Kwick Sew pattern, K4026
My first attempt at making this dress was for Christmas last year. I bought this gorgeous printed jersey from More Sewing. The rich velvety look to the fabric suited a Christmas dress. It was a very straight forward make, the only alteration was to grade out at the waist. I love the skirt on this dress!
The next iteration of this pattern was a top. Another gorgeous jersey fabric from More Sewing, but this time much more drapy. Indeed, I had to alter the cowl neckline as it was so low! But I just love the colours in this fabric.
Finally, a dress I made this summer for a friend’s 60th birthday party. This is my least favourite of the 3, as it is a very bouncy fabric and it feels like the cowl neck sticks out! I am not sure about the sleeves either, maybe it would look better sleeveless? I made this one longer in length, and the skirt is very swishy!
Finally, talking about saving money, here’s a plantain top (Deer and Doe free pattern) I made with the leftovers from the Christmas dress. There is a seam down the back, and the sleeves are made from a lovely tweed look fabric. The only problem is that the sleeves are a little bit tight as this tweed is a woven fabric. If I do it like this again, (which I am sure I will!) I will either use a stretch fabric or cut them a bit bigger! I do love the elbow patch detail on this top!