Well, What a flood of great patterns I have seen on Instagram of late. It seems the moment I go on an official pattern ban is the exact same time everyone releases new patterns.
One of these was the absolute Divine Jolene from Ready to sew.
Now, these guys already make one of my favourite sewing patterns: The Jude (Its definitely in the top 5 fave patterns of all time). In total I have made four Judes, one I have worn to death, one was experimental faux leather, the other two are Black and white basics I am yet to blog about.
I felt an affinity with the Jolene as soon as I saw it. For someone with large breasts, the ruching on the side paired with the flat of the front looked like it could help tone down this area on me.
I had a beautiful light woven fabric in red in the stash. This particular one was a reject from the bulk buy of fabrics I bought for costumes. So its not a colour I am used to, or ordinarily would go for. But In attempts of stash busting it pushes me out of my comfort zone. Plus it being £1.10 a metre meant that even if I didn’t love it, at least it was a wearable Toile.
So How Did It Sew?
Date Completed: 5th April
Omg, I love this pattern! I loved sewing it, I loved piecing it all together. I am just so in love with it on too!
The instructions (as with all ready to sews) are amazing: Simple and well explained, I love the little drawings/diagrams… and a recommended playlist is always a must.
The fit is perfect for me as a plus size. I was so worried that the size I went for wouldn’t fit but I am glad I didn’t over size my garment as I usually do. It is slightly snug on the waist band, but it doesn’t notice with the grouped buttons.
Overall, I love this dress, I have already found some left over fabric from my shirt dress to make a lone sleeve short version. I feel I need a good basic shirt in my wardrobe to layer up with, and this is perfect.