I just need to sew. Right now. Babysitting for grandboys ages 6 and 8. But I need to create.
So I did.
Pure and Simple (PAS) from CLD contains a shaped shell with cap sleeves that I have made at least six times. It also contains a jacket that I have never made. But I'm giving it some thought.
PAS is a classic. Sadly it is out-of-print, though I understand that Vogue fabrics still has it in stock.
After making and enjoying two dress designs from Marcy Tilton, I was searching for a simple summer dress. How about (one of) my favorite top patterns?
So simple. Just lengthened it about 15 inches, added about an inch to the hip area to allow for comfortable sitting, and curved the hem to match the original shell.
It fits exactly as I had hoped - a little bit of shaping in the waist area, otherwise just skims over my lumps and bumps.
The fabric is a linen-cotton design from Anna Marie Horner, part of her Field Study line. The print design demanded a simple stricture. It's a medium weight fabric that would work well for a skirt or a jacket too. And a simple summer dress, as it turns out.
The Four-Square Dress from the Center for Pattern Design
(have the pattern tissue ready for a toile)
Marcy Tilton's New Coat pattern
(have a partial toile cut out)