First up, we have Laura of Custom Made By Laura sharing her tester version of the Creative Cap Sleeve Top &Tunic. Laura's classic black&white stripes have me thinking of Paris and show how stylish this pattern is even in its simplest form. Head on over to Laura's blog to read all about her Creative Cap.
Today I'm getting to show off my newest Classic Shift Dress. I so desperately wanted more summer dresses this year, and yet somehow I haven't spent time sewing as many as I wanted, HA! So this blog tour was the perfect excuse to go back to the Classic Shift and make an amazing summer staple - plus I know I can layer this with my Fashionista Jean Jacket to transition into fall when the time comes - WIN!!!
I decided to get creative with my fabric choice on this and go with a solid green crinkle gauze fabric. It is nice and opaque while still being lightweight to beat the summer heat, and I figured that the texture would be flattering and disguise my lumps and bumps. I was also prepared for the fact that this fabric would GROW!!! While gauze is a woven fabric, it has a lot of natural ease and can get bigger as you work with it and as you wear it. To combat the nature of the fabric, I made a 1/2 lining out of a straight quilting cotton.... while it worked, I do not love the lining becasue of my fabric choice. I'm thinking a rayon would have worked better together or even a very stable knit that would have given structure without fighting the main fabric quite as much. All that being said, I still love this dress and it is completely wearable despite the minor things I see as its flaws. And hey, now you can learn from my experimentation!!!!
Since I'd already made the V neck and square neck versions of this pattern, I decided to try out the Jewel neck for this version. The crisp quilting cotton helped this fabric maintain the shape for the neckline. If I was doing another gauze version, I would probably interface the front of the neckline to get an even crisper finish - I might actualy go back and do that.
To beat the heat of summer, I went with the flutter sleeve - I'll admit that I wasn't sure that I was a flutter sleeve person, but I love them on everyone else so I decided to go for it. I am so glad I did! Such a cute detail, and different from anything else in my closet.