This blog post is long overdue, but I'll blame the time, it is flying.
A few months ago, when the weather was hot, I saw this photo (below) on Instagram and instantly fell in love with this pattern: The Rushcutter designed by Emily from In The Folds. who is also based in Sydney! (see Emily herself in this picture)
This design ticks quite a few boxes for me. It has raglan sleeves for starters, easy to sew and they just look cool. That little piece between the raglan seams gives you quite a few opportunities, you can play around with the direction of the fabric print or do some colour blocking. Overall this dress just looked very comfortable and it has pockets! I had to have a Rushcutter dress for myself.
I used contrasting orange buttons on the back closure.
The dress was pretty easy to sew, thanks to very detailed instructions (nice photos Emily ;).
At first I though the shape of the sleeve pieces looked very odd but it all came together beautifully. Emily is obviously a pretty talented pattern designer!
I learned that when sewing around curves I should avoid trying to pull the fabric straight, and just following the curve instead, this avoids puckering.
Emily hosted a sew-along and this resulted in a large number of in-depth tutorials on how to sew this dress. You can find them here.
I used french seams throughout the whole dress making the finish look inside extra neat.
I made the waistband as well, given me the option to either wear it with or without, whatever I feel like on the day. This is clearly a summer version which I have already worn many times. Now with the cooler weather ahead I am planning a winter one.
Congratulations Emily on your first sewing pattern. May there be many more!
And a special thank you to Nic from create.nic for being my patient photographer, and the laughs we had along the way!