Autumn has finally arrived here in the UK and my latest project really reflects the changing season both in my choice of colour and fabric.
Fabric: Claret Ponte Knit from Minerva Crafts as part of BN.
Ponte Knits( Roma Knits) is generally made from a blend of rayon, polyester and lycra and has stable and smooth characteristic which means the fabric is very durable, wrinkle resistant and easy to wear. Has a beautiful drape, soft touch and big range of bright colours! Heart it!
I’m completely in love with this dress. The shawl collar, the fit and style. This dress is so elegant that you would think came from Princess Kate’s wardrobe. This is a classical but fun style that can suit all body shapes and ages groups. The pattern is very well drafted: I would not be doing my 1st ever sew along on something I wasn’t sure; and offers a varied range of personalisation: You know I value patterns versatility.
Back to the fabric. Did I mention is also easy to sew as you treat it as woven. Lauren will have awesome tips for you to sew with this fabric during the sew along.
Pattern notes & Personal alterations:
Named Dakota dress size 38.
Raised the neckline so I can wear this dress with or without a shirt underneath.
I lengthen the sleeves by 3cm.
I skipped the plackets in favour of a larger sweater style cuffs (original pattern cuffs enlarged by 2,5 cm) and placed the pockets on the front instead of the side. I know, I’m such a pattern rebel!
Follow the sew along to see a version of this pattern without modifications. Is awesome too I promise.
The shawl collar was made slightly larger to suit my personal preference and self lined the bodice. Looks very tidy and warm.
Because you can just pull it over your body, the dress is quite loose fitting on the waist and hips but fits well on the shoulders.
Let’s face it. This is a perfect candidate to wear during Christmas lunches since my stomach will require space to expand. Did I mention the dress skim over without being clingy? Pass me those mince pies please! Don’t tell me is too early to talk about my favourite time of the year!
You can get my BN fabric kit to join the sew along or make something else. It has enough for this dress and to double up the bodice like I did for an extra warm layer.
The collar and pocket was stabilised with the interfacing that accompanies my kit. It comes with matched perfectly thread (Gutermann 730).
The body front piece was lengthen by 2 cms. To compare, I generally have to lengthen the front bodice to 3 to 5 cm depending on the pattern brand and the back, generally 2 cm less than the front. I haven’t needed to alter the back.
Nothing of my alterations were major or required a lot of work.
Let’s sew a dakota together… #dakotasewalong