As we find ourselves in strange and uncertain times, we push on and create some kind of normalcy. Staying at home but ever more concerned about what’s happening, and connected to each other. For me, it is keep sewing, at my normal (slow) rate. International borders are closed and monitored, leisure travelling is off the cards. I look at the fabrics I bought from overseas on our previous trips and suddenly really want to use them! This is exactly why I chose this crepe to use, bought from Osaka, Japan in early 2018 (you can see it in my post here).
The pattern is interesting – Cotton & Chalk No. 2, Olivia Dress. It was a pattern that came with the Simple Sew magazine. Later, I found that it is exactly the same pattern as Kwik Sew 4156.
- Pattern: Cotton & Chalk No. 2 Olivia Dress // Kwik Sew 4156. Skill level rating 3/5 on the envelope. I made the hi-lo knee length version with 3/4 sleeves and waist sash, and the neckline without the contrast band.
- Size made: Included was Size XS-XL, I made size XS.
- Pattern pieces: 8 pieces.
- Fabric used: Polyester crepe [100% polyester, 110cm width, 2.5m length, made in Japan, bought in Osaka, Japan].
- New Techniques used:
- First time making neckline with slit, all with neck facing.
- Raised elastic waist channel by 2.5cm.
- Reduced 7cm sleeve length.
- Topstitched all the way around the sash, as crepe does not press well and I wanted crisp edges.
The air is cooler, the seasons are changing…the world goes on, nature goes on, and we adapt. We have to, we’re in this together…stay safe everyone!