Category Archives: Pattern

Holding Onto His Words, But Baby

I saw an angel become the devil

Still they look pretty good, hand in hand

Well, baby, I don’t need any of them
Heaven nor hell

I don’t know when it was, but sometime between 2010 and 2015, I’m not sure of the date, I heard the song Heaven Nor Hell with Volbeat on the radio. As I do like rock, the song appealed to me, but the lyrics really spoke to me. As an atheist I don’t need heaven nor hell, I’m trying to be a good person here and now, without the threats of hell or rewards of heaven.

I saw an angel become the devil

Anyway, after many long years living as Volbeat fans, we were able to score tickets to see them in Copenhagen. As it is their home ground, the tickets sold out quickly. My husband, by listening to them a lot on Spotify, were in the second priority group, the first were fan club members, and it was pretty slim pickings for our turn. I think everything was sold out by the time they were released to the general public. Last week we went, the arena was packed. Now, while I haven’t seen the before, from what I could tell lead singer/guitarist Michael Poulsen looked very happy to be playing in Denmark.  He looked relaxed, made jokes and maybe that is how he normally is on stage, but he did look genuinely happy. And I managed to follow along with most of the chit chat between the songs, not all of it. While I understand some Danish, it is easier in a conversation and not in a fully packed arena where the sound is designed for music. Volbeat is a great band and the concert was awesome! For anyone counting it was arena #2 for 2022 and 3rd proper band (6th if including supporting acts).

Still they look pretty good, hand in hand

About a year ago, I set my personal style philosophy as “office nerd connects with inner rocker” and I’ve been trying to update my wardrobe accordingly. I don’t know how successful I am in creating clothes I actually wear to concerts, but adding some rocker vibes to my everyday wardrobe is moving forward. Note, that I am still very much a nerd so YMMV on what is considered rockier clothes.

Well baby, I don’t need any of them

This blouse is an idea I’ve had for a while, it’s Deer & Doe’s Airelle, but I’ve made it a buttonfront as well as removed the collar. It wasn’t really difficult, I added a seam allowance and overlap allowance down the front, and made the facing bit accordingly. The fabric is a viscose/cupro blend, a fabric I really loved when I saw it, it connects with my personal style and it worked very well for the pattern.

Heaven Nor Hell

The skirt is from Burda and has been hanging in my sewing room for half a year. I made it up in a stretch twill which, albeit a bit tight worked because of the stretch (I made a pair of trousers in Burda 42, too big, then this skirt in Burda40, a bit too tight. Annoying!), but when I added the very rigid lining I could barely move in the skirt. Forget taking steps over half a metre long. While pondering my options (take out lining, add a wedge) the skirt hung in my sewing room. It didn’t help that spring was approaching and a lined black skirt wasn’t really what I needed.

The look of these together is a little more black than I normally go for, but I really like the look and I think at least the blouse is going to get a lot of mileage.

Patterns: Deer & Doe Airelle; Burda 110-2019-11

Fabric: Viscose/cupro Tyg.se (Out of stock); stretch twill Ohlssons

Notions: Buttons (blouse), D-rings, invisible zipper (skirt), interfacing (both)

Soundtrack: Volbeat Heaven Nor Hell

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Hello Daddy, Hello Mum

Being a 1980s baby, of course I had heard Joan Jett and the Blackhearts declaring that “I Love Rock’n’roll” several times. I easily agree, although I do think both “Bad Reputation” and “Crimson and Clover” are superior songs (proving that I haven’t moved far past their hits), but maybe that’s just because of  I’ve heard them far less. And they weren’t destroyed by a Britney cover. There, I said it.

I’m your Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb!

Displaying my lack of knowledge in Joan Jett, I had no idea that she was in The Runaways in the 70s, until I came across the movie of the same name, which I chose to watch because a) it focused on women b) I wanted to see what Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning could do outside of Twilight. That’s how I learnt of the Runaways, and of course Cherry Bomb plays a big part in the opening of the movie. The movie also made me want to introduce cool rocker women to my children, so Cherry Bomb was added to my weekend playlist and daughter E was blasting out “Hello Daddy, Hello Mum, I’m your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb” at young age, making her mom very proud.

Hello World!

So, they just heard the women, but I didn’t pay a lot of attention to teaching them about the bands. Therefore, imagine my surprise when the following story took place. We were in the car and “I Love Rock’n’roll” came on the radio, with the display showing the song title and band name. After a while he turned to me and said “mom, I see that this is Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, but is this before or after she was with the Runaways?” Cue surprised Pikachu face on my part. Turns out he’d been vigilantly reading Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Joan Jett was one of them. (Ha, The Guardian, there’s at least one boy reading a story “for girls”! On his own! And he loved it! He recommended it to his 3rd grade teacher! And he hasn’t even asked for an equivalent for boys!)

I’m Your Wild Girl!

Even without the long explanation, it’s fairly obvious that this is my Cherry Bomb coat. My first foray into outerwear was Minoru by Sewaholic, and while that was a good starter piece, it was lacking in certain areas, one of them being it was a little too thin for me. This one on the other hand almost turned out too thick, but it also fills the gap that the Minoru had, this one can be worn up until really thick coat weather. The pattern is #116 from Burdastyle 12/2019, an issue with many goodies (I’ve also made that collarless blazer), but why they call it a viscose coat, I have no idea. There was a gazillion pattern pieces to cut, luckily I had just found out that one of my streaming carriers had Call The Midwife so those amazing women kept me company throughout tracing, cutting and, well, sewing the coat.

I’m Your Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb

There’s not much to say about the pattern, it assembles well, it’s a coat with standard coat techniques for shell and lining. It might be a little too much for an everyday coat, but it’s fun! A cherry coat! I added a self-belt, to give the waist just a little more definition, but I didn’t add belt loops. Also, even though their small, it has pockets!

Pattern: #116 Burdastyle 12/2019
Fabric: Cherry canvas from Ohlssons Tyger.
Lining: Quilted lining from Ohlssons Tyger
Buttons: Gifted to me from my sister, Bernt I Lund
Sew in snaps: Selfmade.

Soundtrack: Cherry Bomb, The Runaways.

Hey We Need a Visit to Vienna

I work in a huge multi-national project, which is government-funded. This means we rarely get anything extra, our spring party this year was playing brännboll on our very uneven lawn, before enjoying a barbecue and a cover band with pretty bad speakers. It was perfectly fine and nice, however it wasn’t very extravagant. My husband’s company on the other hand, is all about the extravaganza, their Christmas parties are usually a weekend in a European city. This year they had their 10-year anniversary, and went really big; a ball in Vienna for the employees and their partners. As a person who sews their own clothes, you all know what that meant: it was time to make a ball gown!

I’ve heard that there’s something about that fallen town

As I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out my personal style, it was obvious I was going to wear something that still felt like me; structural, a bold colour, not too much frou-frou. I think I succeeded, and most people were just taken with the fact that I had made the dress to notice all those small errors I knew were there.

They say don’t forget to bring your friend on
schönen Donau under Vienna sun

Let me tell you, a ball in Vienna is an amazing experience. From arriving at Hofburg palace with tourists still around marveling about those fancy guests, to dinner with excellent food, Viennese music (opera, Mozart and a sing-a-long of Edelweiss), to dancing. They had professional dancers to show us the Wienerwaltz, and afterwards I asked of them for a spin on the dance floor, I couldn’t leave a ball in Vienna, without having done a proper Wienerwaltz, even though I probably took many wrong steps, but my dancing partner was pretty patient. I guess he had no choice.

And if we ever get to Vienna
sell us dreams about that echoing dome

During dinner, another woman came up to me and pointed out that we were the only ones “in same fabric”. Taffeta that is (the purple colour I chose seems to be out of stock at the time of typing). I think there was one more, but taffeta was quite an unusual choice. The pattern I eventually settled on was No. 23 Marrakesh by How To Do Fashion. I was drawn to the neckline and structural aspects of the design. Since this was a relatively important piece, I did a toile in a torn bedsheet, however I failed to consider that, unlike the bedsheet, the taffeta had no give whatsoever. So, while the bedsheet version looked nice on, the taffeta version could have gained from a minor FBA. But the lack of boob space gave a nice little corset effect. Levelling the dress was also hard, but in the end I think it looked pretty OK. Or people were too distracted by the cleavage to notice.

What if a last waltz can really save us
young at heart and full of hope

Regardless of minor snafus, this purple taffeta dress, worn with flats, really stood out in the sea of mesh, draping, pastel colours and high heels. I also took the opportunity to do some pretty makeup as well, and I felt really pretty. Like, I never know when I’ll be this pretty again, because I need this sort of occasion.

Because as Cinderella says: What’s a royal ball? After all, I suppose it would be frightfully dull, and boring, and completely … completely wonderful. It was completely wonderful.

Soundtrack: Visit to Vienna – Sahara Hotnights

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

In 2020 I bought myself a racing bicycle and since then we’ve spent many, many kilometres together. I bought it with the intention of eventually cycling to work, but with 2020 and 2021, you can all guess how well that went. Not much point in riding a bike down the stairs from my bedroom to my makeshift home office just below. But we’ve ridden much together without a specific goal.

I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

Since even longer, my husband has been a cycling fan and when Le Tour de France is on for three weeks on end every summer, you get drawn into it. Especially with the superb commentator team of Vacchi/Adamson, whom we can enjoy in Sweden. Also, because I happen to love France, one day our vacation will be to France during the Tour so we can see some world class cycling at one of the famous climbs.

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike

This year however, the Grand Départ is in Copenhagen, so it’ll be easy to pop over the Öresund for a day of cycling. So exciting! Of course I needed a special outfit for the occasion, in a fabric I’ve been searching for during a very long time. I give you my Tour de France dress!

I want to ride my bicycle, races are coming your way

I told a coworker of mine that I was wearing a dress like this, and she said, without maliciousness, that “it sounds like something you would do”. Then she added I would be easy to spot, should we bump into each other in Copenhagen on the day of. I choose to interpret this that my personal style has a sense of humour to it, I didn’t ask what she meant, but like I said, there was no maliciousness to the words.

Of course, I used a French pattern, the Belladone dress from Deer and Doe. At the top it’s a size 42, graded to a 44 from the waist down; I also added my usual length and also lengthened the skirt. The back opening gaps like crazy on me so I removed a good wedge out of both the lower and upper bodice, which made the cut out a bit smaller, but I also think it shifted the dress a bit backwards, the waistband isn’t perfectly straight in the side view. But who is? The fabric is in homage to the mountain jersey , of the Tour de France, big polka dots. So, now I’m ready for the Grand Départ (and other nice summer days) in my new dress.

Soundtrack: Queen – Bicycle Race

It’s Been A Year Or Two Since I Was Out On The Floor

In August 2019 I bought tickets for the May 2020 Green Day concert in Stockholm. Then it was pushed to May 2021. Now, June 2022, it finally happened! And in the meantime Weezer was added to the lineup, which was such a pleasant surprise!

shakin’ booty, making sweet love all the night

I saw Green Day in concert in 2017, so I kinda knew what to expect. And, let me tell you, they know how to put on a show. There are great songs, pyrotechnics, this time they had added interesting cameras (I was mesmerized by one placed one the head of Mike Dirnt’s bass guitar as he was playing the Longview riff). Weezer on the other hand didn’t have so much of a show, but man are those songs great. It felt like seeing an old friend again wondering why we don’t meet up more often. So, to counteract the fact that I haven’t listened to a lot of Weezer lately (I did listen to them back in the day, and they were in my top 3 band for 2020 on Spotify)) I’ve been blasting them in the car these past days. And singing out loud, thankfully I drive alone. I’m a born again Weezer fan! (I never stopped being a Green Day fan)

It’s time I got back to the good life

Just as five years ago, I feel at a loss at the what to wear to a rock concert, my wardrobe doesn’t reflect my inner rocker persona (even if I did try to rectify that, I didn’t get to the interesting black and white fabrics of this plan). I have some ideas how to rock up my wardrobe. This outfit, however, is not one of them.

It’s time I got back, it’s time I got back, and I don’t even know how I got off the track

I don’t know what prompted me to make a cheerleader outfit, but here it is. I wanted a petrol light jacket, to be worn indoors, and I bought some extra of this stretch cotton sateen to make a matching set. To spice things up, in my very subdued way, I bought a silver lining fabric, silver zipper and some iron-on stars, also silver. Such a good combo, the petrol and silver. 

Both patterns are Burdastyle, and both were in that good place of having interesting details to sew, but still not too tricky (even if the jacket had to pause following a scant week of covid). The instructions were a bit sparse regarding the insertion of the zipper with the main fabric, lining and rib neckline, I did my thing which I don’t think is entirely correct, but it works. As for alterations, while the skirt has none, the jacket body is lengthened 5 cm, and the sleeves by some bit. I didn’t write it down. Unfortunately, I should have added a bit more, they were designed to be ¾ sleeves, I wanted them full length but they are a tad too short. I think I’m the only one it bothers. I also added what became over-dimensioned welt pockets to the front of the jacket, following this tutorial (in Swedish) by Frk Wiberg.

I wanna go back, YEAH!

Even though they are designed as a set, I haven’t yet worn them as such. The pieces have been worn individually but not together, and I’m not sure they will. Unless I’m at some point going to a fancy dress party as a cheerleader. 

Patterns: Burda 125-02-2013 (jacket); Burda 109-10-2017 (skirt)
Fabric: Petrol cotton sateen from tyg.se; Silver acetate lining and grey rib knit from Selfmade
Notions: Metal zipper; invisible zipper; interfacing; iron-on stars
Also wearing: Covid Briar (not sure it’s a good match). I really did like my Me-Made-May outfit of the skirt paired with the floral Aubetura.

Soundtrack: The Good Life by Weezer.

Sewn: An Aubépine for Summer

For my own sewing, I prefer paper patterns. I like having them in my stash, sorting through them, I prefer working with one large sheet, rather than taped together sheets. Although sometimes I get flustered by too thin paper. But if paper patterns are available I’ll buy them over pdf-patterns. And if only pdf-pattern are available, it must be something I really, really love for me to consider it. Or, you know, a free pattern.

It was a windy day. But alas, where I live, all days are windy.

Therefore I was a bit saddened by the news that Deer and Doe would discontinue their printed pattern line, going forward they would only offer pdf-patterns, and the paper patterns currently in stock were the last one. Now, I love me some Deer and Doe, the styles are nice, they are drafted for a body shape near mine and I don’t need to make many adjustments to get a pretty good fit. So I browsed through their catalogue and ordered the Acajou trousers and the Passiflore dress. Hopefully, it’ll be something for fall.

Light and flowy for summer

For today let’s talk about my newest Aubépine. I’m really getting my money’s worth from this pattern, and I’m not yet slowing down. This is my fourth iteration (one, two, three) and I still feel like I’m not done with the pattern. It turned out, in combination with D&D’s Datura, to be a good woven t-shirt, and I’m pondering just using the lining piece, omitting the tucks for an even sleeker look. Woven t-shirts are nice to wear, so it might be a future project.

The drafting is good here. An empire waist that does not make me look pregnant.

Like I said, I don’t need to make many adjustments to D&D patterns. For the Aubépine I cut a straight size 42 and add 4 cm length between the dart and tucks, and a little more at the bottom of the bodice and top of the skirt. I’m thinking maybe I should shorten the dart a bit as well, but now we’re really into fine tuning of the pattern and the fit. This style of dress I foresee to be very nice in warm weather, with it floaty nature. I also foresee it being good for eating a good meal, as it’s volumounous around the waist and the drawstring can be loosened. Yum, food!

See, the tcuks are there. They just get lost in the adorable print.

In a style discussion with some sewing friends, when discussing print preferences I said that I didn’t like the typical small floral print usually associated with Liberty of London fabrics. But, here I am in a small floral print dress. Maybe it’s not just about the print and also about the colours, the Liberty fabrics always seem so muted to me, I prefer a bolder colour scheme, such as this black/purple/yellow combo. I think there’s enough left over to make a top of some sort as well.

Pattern: Deer And Doe Aubépine

Fabric: Lightweight cotton from Selfmade, lined with voile.

Sewn: A Deer and Doe Denim Duo

As you may have noticed, I prefer taking my pictures outdoors, in natural light. As I live fairly up north, during winter we don’t have a lot of sunlight, which is an issue for my half-assed self-timer phone photos. And, now, even though it’s April, we’re past equinox so daylight is no longer an issue, the weather continues to throw me for loops.

April weather in Sweden is notorious for its constantly changing weather, logically dubbed “April weather”. In the grand scheme this means that one day can feel like summer, the next can have hail and frost. This, according to Wikipedia has to do with the fact that the sun warms the ground, but high up in the atmosphere, where the clouds are formed, it still cold. Last week we had the ultimate April weather day; in one day we had rain, snow, sunshine, hail and thunder. Late March usually gives us a glimpse of hope for warmer weather, but April sure knows how to knock us straight to the ground.

While the weather is keeping me on my toes with regards to warmer weather, my sewing is already there. Summer clothes are on my agenda! Last year I bought a remnant piece of this lovely embroidered chambray, and immediately pictured it as a Deer and Doe Chardon, perfect for summer. I jokingly suggested to my husband to go full 70s with bell bottoms and the border print there, or just a maxi, he didn’t seem to realise that those things are not my personal style at all. However, the Chardon fits in with my preferred silhouette. The border embroidery was on the cross-grain, and with what was left over, I was able to cut a Deer and Doe Datura. The Datura is a basic woven tank, with the yoke and a dart to give it shape. For this version I omitted the collar and I cut the back on the center fold. I used a scrap for my stash as lining for the inner yokes.

The Chardon is pretty easy to fit, since it only needs to fit in the waist and there are several places to play with some width; in all the pleats as well as the side seams. For the Datura, I cut a straight 42, and added 2 cm each to the yoke and the bodice piece. I like these pieces and I do like the faux dress look they create. Now I just need the April weather to make way for some actual spring.

Fabric: Embroidered chambray from tyg.se

Patterns: Deer and Doe Chardon (skirt) and Datura (top)

Sewn: Striped Bruyère

I am lucky to live in a part of the world where I wake up to news of war, instead of waking up to war itself. It’s a privilege. And in my privileged world, it is, relatively easy, to block out those horrors occasionally. I listened to a psychology podcast, about how it is human nature to want to “do something”, whether it be hoarding toilet paper or, as in this case, feel the urge to help by donating your discarded clothes and toys. But humanitarian organisations say themselves that money is a better option, in order to provide refugees with what they need, not to disrupt local economies and not to block roads for incoming traffic with more urgent supplies.

It feels like the easy way out to throw money at the problem, and then go about my day, but if that’s what is requested I will do so. The guilty conscience I feel about my privilege should not be handled by those in need or those providing help. We did a collection at work, in the name of our Ukrainian group member, I donated some more money on my own. Then I decluttered some patterns I had meant to sell, which I did, but instead of taking the money for myself, I said that the price was a donation to UNICEF or UNHCR, the buyers did donate more than my asking price. A Swedish foundation has also promised to double all donations made in Sweden to those two organisations, so it’s a double win.

Working with my hands has always been a good stress and anxiety relief for me, through covid, through a parent’s illness and death, and yes, it is a privileged statement, even now.

I have made the Bruyère shirt twice before. Once in a stretch cotton (which looked OK mainly due to the stretch in the fabric. And again, I think the proportions are off for me) and once in flannel (cosy, but I used snaps which couldn’t handle the thickness of the fabric and fell off, leaving holes). While I did like the look, I felt overwhelmed in those shirts. As I learnt after several years of sewing, I have a long torso. For Deer and Doe patterns I always add 4-5 cm (that 2”) above the bust dart in order to get the waist right. This make for A very long bodice. My long torso is then combined with, for my height, short legs and the shirt, as designed, ended up very long.

As I have zero creative instinct, the pattern was left untouched for a while. Then I stumbled across Sally’s aka. The Quirk Peach, blog. Due to fabric constraints she had made the Bruyère with a straight hem and I really liked the proportions of the shirt, plus it does seem a bit easier to style in more outfits. So I blatantly copied her. And I like this shirt much better, based on the time I wore it for the photos. But hey, I’m allowed back in the office 3 days a week now, so it’ll be fun to wear something a bit more office appropriate again.

The fabric is a “blouse fabric” (that is how it is labelled. I played with the stripes on the waistband and yoke; the piece I had also required its fair share of pattern tetris, but it worked out in the end. Sally mentioned that her reasoning for the straight hem Bruyère was a lack of fabric, truth be told it was the same. But when I saw Sally’s picture, it all fell into place.

Outfit:

Deer And Doe Bruyère in striped cotton from Tyg.se (out of stock)

Barney/Rose Skirt

Sewn: A Pentalogy of Briars

T-shirts are often something I come back to when I need a palette cleanser. Or when I need a t-shirt. After inevitably catching Covid at the end of January (which, in my case, omicron variant, was in line with a mild flu) I wanted an easy project to get back to the sewing machine, one that didn’t require a lot of thinking or complex techniques, as the project I’m otherwise working on at the moment is a bomber jacket.

I had found a fun piece of viscose jersey in the remnant bin at Selfmade (formerly Stoff och Stil), which was enough for a t-shirt. After looking through my collection of t-shirt and other knit top patterns, I eventually settled on Megan Nielsen’s Briar. Viscose knit are a bit of my Achille’s heel, I like the look of them, but for me they very easily can fall into nightgown territory, especially the more light weight ones, and they can lose shape with time.

Since I’ve made 5 Briars in total, I figured I could present them all in order, as I honestly don’t have a lot to say about each one.

Number 1 – The Yoga Briar

This one was sewn as a layering piece in a very soft cotton jersey from Ohlssons tyger. It’s the cropped top, but lengthened, I found the original length of the cropped version way too short and it would probably end up cutting off my breasts in a weird and unflattering way. I wore this over dress shirts and t-shirts, for work and for leisure, however after some rounds in the washing machine the fabric began to pill and lost its finesse. It has since been regulated to yoga wear, and it’s a great layering piece for yoga, providing warmth without getting in the way of poses.

Number 2 – The linen Briar

Linen knits were heavily discussed in my FB wardrobe planning group and when I found some in the remnant bins at Ohlssons I picked it up. For this Briar, I straightened the hem. The fabric was too see-through to wear on its own, which is, to be honest, not what you want in a t-shirt. The fabric was very delicate and after a while I got some runs in, delegating it to the trash. Sad, but true.

Number 3 – The Faux denim Briar

For this one I sized down, since the grey version felt a bit too big and made the shoulders a bit wider. I used a denim cotton/lycra knit from Stoff och Stil. However, when cutting the pattern I didn’t consider which way had the greatest stretch, so the greatest stretch runs lengthwise. It makes for a very tight t-shirt, also the neckline binding became very lumpy. Also I’m not sure about the pocket placement as is, though I’m not sure what would have been a better one. This square pocket is an odd shape on me, I prefer the semi-circle pocket of my grey Briar. Sadly, due to the aforementioned reasons, I don’t wear this Briar a lot.

Number 4 – The Pleated Briar

I needed to replace my grey layering Briar and this time I went with colour! A cotton/lycra mix, with pleats, purchased at Bernt I Lund. I like the pop of colour this sweater adds to an outfit.

Number 5 – The Covid Briar

The most recent one! In the end I think I cut off 15 cm from the long-length version. With these normal-waisted trousers my tummy does do a bit of peek-a-boo, so it might not be office appropriate. But the t-shirt is very comfortable and I do like the length, I think it will look good over high-waisted shorts.

So, if I had to pick a favourite… Well, it’s not that hard. The emerald green Briar!

Sewn: A Sunny Shirtdress

In theory, I don’t mind darkness of winter. That is the darkness caused by the sun staying under the horizon for 17 hours per day at winter solstice (one month later, the sun now stays up 1 hour more!). However, I do mind the dark clouds that lay over our skies, like Sauron’s protective cloud over Mordor, making each day grey, gloomy and dark, even when the sun actually is over the horizon. But that’s the way it is up here in the relative north (I mean I’m still a far distance away from midday darkness) and in the summer time we can enjoy a whopping 17h30m of sunlight. Take that midwinter!

The best cure must surely be to sew something yellow! Something to remind me that the sun is in fact hiding behind the clouds, because it is said that above the clouds, the sky is always blue, but it is difficult to believe it if you cannot see it*. So I added some yellow to my life in lieu of the sunshine I’m missing. A dress, which I then couldn’t photograph for several days, due to the aforementioned lack of daylight. Ah, the irony is not lost upon me.

This type of yellow is not something I usually go for, but it was a colour I was craving last summer after realizing my wardrobe colour choices were very neutral. Let’s add some punch to it! I think it will look better once I get a tan as well. Because I’m hoping I will and that this summer will be kind to dresses of short sleeves and bare legs.

The pattern is McCall’s 7623, a pattern I’ve sewn twice, once as a maxi dress and once as a 90s throwback. The bodice has various cup sizes, which is great, and I added some length to it, as I always do. This time I didn’t use the provided skirt, but added a gathered one, measurements based on the fabric I had left. Also, of course it has pockets!

It has pockets!

The fabric is a viscose/nylon blend from tyg.se and I do love me a stripe. The waistband, outer yoke and collar were cut against grain to create a nice visual effect. Or, that is a blatant lie and I cut them cross-grain to avoid matching the stripes. In reality, it’s a little from column A and a little from column B.  The drape of the fabric is really nice well-suited for both holding the darts of the bodice, but also for creating swooshiness in the gathered skirt.

*This line comes from Swedish song Tusen Bitar by Björn Afzelius. It’s a beautiful song about friendship, doubt, loneliness and fragility of the heart. The line above is the first line of the song, translated into English.