Another Black Friday grab, the Forsythe from French Navy has been on my radar for a while now. I have always wanted this pattern, but never felt I had the right fabric for it. So I re-purposed some Jersey stripe from Girl Charlee that was originally intended for my grunge dress that has failed to materialise into existence.
The main thing I love about french navy is the illustrations – I love a good sketch. I don’t know if it is because I appreciate it more as someone with a background in art, or that it just looks better in a pattern as apposed to a photograph. Either way it is perfect and something I would like to do if I too made patterns.
I already have the Orla Dress Free pattern (if you don’t, i recommend you get that here) but I am yet to use it, despite many plans for it.
So How Did It Sew?
Overall, I think this particular Jersey may have not been the best idea and a stiffer fabric would be better. Although I tried to pattern match, it seems I lost my way around the pocket area and it was a complete fail. The dress is comfy and I like to wear it, but the pattern and draping feel a bit off to me. This is purely my choice of fabric, that I had purposely bought for another project. I have some lovely linen like pieces in my stash that I would love to give this another go with in the future.
The pattern itself is amazing, and I love that the instructions have photographs! As much as I praised the main illustration, and was surprised this trend didn’t follow throughout, I still loved the neatness and precision of photo instructions.
Please check out the PDF here, you won’t be disappointed and it is a staple sustainable sewer pattern.