One thing I love about summer (probably the only thing as I prefer the cold) is festivals and Festival fashion. I had one to go to at the end of August, and I wanted to attempt to take mostly hand made Items.
I had bought a beautiful terry knit from Girl Charlee a while back. I had bought it for a sweater, but soon discovered it was thin enough to become something better. Unfortunately it had fallen into that trap of getting fabric that I love, and fearing I would ruin it ended up putting off actually using it.
I had been looking for a decent oversized smock dress pattern. I had tried to draw some plans out, but in the end I just went with the fabric and jumped in.
So How Did It Sew?
I only had 2 metres of fabric, but I used every scrap of it just by making it from a series of rectangles. The top was folded over, and a head hole cut in. I didn’t finish it with binding, I just pulled the jersey and it held. I did the same with the hem. The skirt was just a length of the fabric cut in two and sewn together. The arms again, due to the oversized square nature were just sewn on. To give it a more casual look, I rolled up the hem and did an invisible stitch to hold it down. I think it really adds to the casual look of the piece.
I absolutely love this dress, and I wear it constantly. its ridiculously comfy, but that it due to its size and the softness of the fabric.
I ended up taking this, my long coloured Kimono and a couple of other key hand made pieces to the festival with me. To be fair, by the end of the weekend, no one really cares what you look like. Plus all the people there dressed like it was the 90’s and not in a good way! I saw some shell suit jackets, loads of bumbags and some questionable patterned shirts. But if it weren’t for everyone holding a smartphone I would have been convinced I had travelled through time!
Even though I have described how I made it, and it was a quick sew, it took a bit of planning and thinking. Once you cut the fabric that is it, so I had to have some idea of where its going. Most of the time I felt I didn’t, and worried about my fabric, but it turned out perfect in the end.
I highly recommend a visit to Girl Charlee, for someone who struggle with pattern, most of the good pattern I have bought and actually wear is from there. But with saying that I do need to give some of their basic colours a try.