I think that the DP Studios is one of those sewing pattern companies that just get me. I often feel slightly on the fringes of the sewing community. I tend to shy away from the endless tea dress patterns made up in gaudy floral prints, instead I opt for a muted palette and style that boarders fashion design as apposed to quaint homely dressmaker. Just a note, there is nothing wrong with this type of sewing, it just is at times I am treading a very lonely path in my seining adventure and finding it harder to find patterns and fabrics that may not appeal to the masses.
FInding DP studios bridges that gap – Its home sewer meets high fashion and high design. Its modern and timeless rolled into one and I feel so inspired by their pieces that it just makes me want to make them all so they can sit together in my very own beautiful capsule wardrobe.
So How did it Sew?
There was no hand holding with this one guys! Some seams caused a bit of a headache. You are given one page of instructions and that is it. They have very good diagrams though, I think as someone who works more visually I loved the more graphic approach to instructions.
The box itself is amazing, No fiddly pattern envelope that you are trying to squeeze the paper back into, this has depth! Its amazing how such a little detail can cause so much convenience. Why aren’t all patterns like this, we shouldn’t have to struggle.
I chose to make this in a very fiddly, but beautiful, leopard print fabric. I had been lusting after long tunic/ dress shirts in leopard print, but sheer was all i could find, apparently i am very fussy with animal print sizes and densities. In hindsight it may have not been the best choice, but after fiddling around with all the bust seems and using a guide stitch, all the trouble was worth it for the result.
As well as the epaulettes on the shoulder, the shit also comes with a detachable collar embellishment. Its cute, and really gives this design another dimension. I did eventually leave the points on the collar off. In fact, I snipped them off and it looked fine. They just kept sticking in me and not staying where i want them. But that is the beauty of sewing, it can be suggested rather that carried out.
I am definitely making this again. Now i have done one, i feel like the next will be smooth sailing, although I really enjoyed having a project where I was trying something new, this made me pace out the work and not speed through like I normally do. I definitely think I will make it longer next time.
Check out Le 604 Here.