Breakfast in Paris. Papercut Saiph Tunic

So, what one should wear for the start of a little trip in Paris? A new handmade dress of course.
I wanted to sew something easy to wear, that would not get crinkled on the train journey, comfortable and stylish.

Feeling excited about my exploration of ‘loose‘ fit shapes I picked papercut Saiph Tunic. (A gift from Jane)

Don’t you love how the sewing-love that goes around? You send fabric, patterns to people around the world, some you know in person, some you never met. Sewing really opens the door for new friendships.

The scuba jersey windowpane was bought at the same time of the scuba for the neptune top. It is stretchier that I first thought but still super easy to sew.

I do think the scuba works for this shape but I should have made it a size smaller. I have sewn my usual papercut S with some alterations.
I took 1cm off the centre back (messing some of my stripes). Dropped the french dart (how fitting), sewn all the seams 1,5cm instead of 1cm and lengthen the dress bodice by 10 cm. By personal experience with a shop bought scuba dress that kept riding up I felt better be safe adding extra length. When I tried without the flounce(skirt ?) and it was ok. But after I made the whole dress the weight of the skirt changed the effect.
I didn’t like the result of the proportions were wrong -80’s came to my mind- so decided to cut my dress in half at the waist, taking 3 cm off and re sewing!
It turned into a nice design feature. I don’t feel scared trying things. Experience is thinking on your feet and trying ideas. Good or bad you will learn from it and learning is great!
I love how transitional for fall this looks is but still not too warm. I can get a lot of wear out of it. If I am being picky, I would like to have lengthen the dart a little bit more and repositioned it. I don’t think looks terrible but I feel a bit perfectionism nagging voice bothering me. Although this dress is wearable, it’s more like a muslin- fit wise.  I find Sunni take on fit refreshingly honest, when she says it takes her around 5 versions to get the fit absolutely right for her and I couldn’t agree more.
To keep my facings in place, I under-stitched it. I also catch-stitched the facing ends on the shoulders seams.
I used my twin needles to hem the flounce (skirt?)and the sleeves. I love twin needles.
The pictures where taken during the day one of my Paris trip. I was up since 4 am so my big glasses were my best friend!
 There are loads of fabrics shops around and I cannot wait to share more.
This trip originally was to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. Unfortunately 3 days before my parents were due to leave Brasil Air France went on strike. So they had to cancel the whole trip, including the hotel where I was staying with them. I almost cancelled my trip too because hotels prices where crazily expensive , when Jolies Bobines offered me her place to sofa crash!  She was a wonderful host around the fabric places. I totally went budget on food/ tourism to spend my money on fabric lol!


  1. October 4, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Wow!!!! You look GREAT! Love everything about this! Great choice of fabric too!
    Your makes are so inspiring. I would never have considered a shape like this, but now I really want it!

    • October 8, 2014 / 4:25 pm

      thank you so much! Exploring shapes is really fun and helps getting us out of styles rut

  2. October 4, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    GORGEOUS dress!!!! I want to get this pattern immediately! Have fun in Paris 🙂

  3. October 5, 2014 / 12:02 am

    I love this dress, your post just sold the pattern to me! I think cut and fabric go perfectly together. I just bought two scuba jerseys today at the sewbrum meet up and this is definitely a pattern to think about! x

  4. October 5, 2014 / 12:14 am

    Looks quite fabulous despite all the hacking! I finished my Saiph last night and it’s ENORMOUS! However like you I’m a little bit fascinated by it so I’m going to make another Saiph-inspired dress as I really want to experiment with a shape. It’s a fun change. xox

  5. October 5, 2014 / 12:23 am

    You were brave to cut your dress in half! What a great dress for Paris. I’m get in ready to sew scuba knit for the first time and really like yours.
    Have fun!

  6. October 5, 2014 / 3:23 am

    Rachel..Love your new tunicdress. Looks pretty on you..
    Have fun in Paris.. I am totally jealous.ha So sorry your parents didn’t get to come..

  7. October 5, 2014 / 4:14 am

    Love this! I was planning to make this up and I love it with a bit of added length and especially belted! I’m definitely inspired to make one of my own!

  8. October 5, 2014 / 5:40 am

    That’s a lovely shape on you! The graphic print works really well!

  9. October 5, 2014 / 7:38 am

    What a shame your parents couldn’t make it. So hard when they live far away – get all excited only to have hopes dashed. Not fair! The dress is cool. Windowpane checks are so cheery. What is scuba like to wear? Rachel ☺

  10. October 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

    Very pretty!

  11. October 5, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Perfect dress for a trip to Paris 😉 You have such a great eye for prints!

  12. October 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Beautiful! i love the windowpane print, and how you used bias on the sleeves. Very lovely, and looks great in Paris 🙂

  13. October 5, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    This looks so lovely on you, Rachel. I want that fabric! xx

  14. October 5, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of scuba fabric, but this dress and your previous scuba top have changed my mind! I’ve seen this silhouette a lot recently, with the flounce, but your version is the prettiest by far 🙂

  15. October 6, 2014 / 3:08 am

    I love this, the fabric is perfect!

  16. October 6, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Stop it! Could you be any chicer? You’re making me look bad! 🙂

  17. October 7, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    C’est tres chic!! Jo x

  18. October 8, 2014 / 4:51 am

    Oh no! I am sorry your parents had to cancel their trip. I hope they can re-arrange soon.
    Your dress is super chic and suits you well – I love that print and the style is fun and flirty 🙂

  19. October 8, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    Ooh this looks cute on you! I just recently hacked up a garment on the fly as well to get it to work correctly! Have fun in Paris even if your family can’t be there with you!

  20. October 8, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    cute top.

  21. October 10, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    I looooove this dress! It’s so, so cute! Sorry to hear about your mom and dad, but it seemed like you had so much fun in Paris with the girls! I loved your IG pics!

  22. Anonymous
    October 24, 2014 / 1:47 am

    Lovely dress. You look like you are having lots of fun, too!!!!!! Mary