I’m in the midst of a major clean-up at my house. I feel like I’ve been at it for weeks, but I am slowly making progress. It's time for the Tupperware drawer to be sorted, but I just can’t face it. The Azaire by Gather has been calling my name and I’m sorry, but today, it will take precedence. I have made both the top and the dress. Clearly, I’m thrilled with the result, and decided to make the two garments.
The top and the dress have a boat neck, peplum and a short petal sleeve. There is a ¾ length variation in the sleeve as well, but I’m sticking to the shorter length and will wear a cardigan if I need to. The hem dips slightly on the back of both the top and the dress.
I made a wearable toile in a lightweight viscose remnant I had purchased for the top and really only had two adjustments for the pattern to fit me nicely. There was a slight [2cm] gape at the front neckline that I folded out of my pattern before I cut the dress out. The other issue for me, as always, was the width of the sleeve across my arm. I added a good inch to stop any pulling.
The fabric in the dress is called Blossom Shell by Atelier Brunette. It is a viscose rayon and feels divine, nice and cool for stinking hot days. Stitch 56 does stock this brand but unfortunately, I think I got the last piece of this gorgeous little number. I did line it in a bemsilk just to feel more comfortable. The fabric is quite fine and I figured if I was standing in the sun you could probably see through it. I have to say the lning also makes the dress sit well.
I like that both the dress and top aren’t too fitted down the body. It just skims instead of being super fitted.
This felt like a fairly simple make, up to the invisible zip. They’re always tricky. My tip is to hand sew the whole thing in first, including the centre back seam, and that way you reduce any bubbling at the bottom, and minimise movement while putting the zipper in.
The instructions are great, with little diagrams by each step, and don’t we love that! Makes our sewing life a lot easier.
I really must get back to my tidying. Do you think I could just start another sewing project before the kids get home? Yeah… what the heck!
Note the little pile of unfolded washing to the left.