Hi y’all. Sorry for the absence on Monday it has been a crazy couple of weeks and this weekend there was just no let up. As a result I have been floored by a cold (yep, a simple cold) and sore throat. My body is telling me I need to give myself a bit of time for some R&R! Long story short, work is busy, my Husband’s self employed status is turning back to employee and director as of the 1 April as we’ve taken the decision to change his business into a Limited company. His business is stupid busy, which means behind the scenes I’m busy! We’ve recently put in for a number of jobs and been awarded the majority of them which makes me incredibly proud of him but also brings with it a fair degree of stress as these are all on a commercial level. Pretty damn impressive for a one man band! At the moment I’m working a minimum of 32hrs a week in my place of employment, working 10-20 hours on Husband’s business and being a Mum as well as trying to maintain a clean(ish) house with food in the cupboards! How I’m not crazier than I am I have no idea…
Anyway, please forgive my less than glowing face and somewhat grumpy expression, I wasn’t feeling exactly glamorous when taking these, but you’re more interested in the dress than me, so what the heck!
Back in 2013 Gather Kits were looking for pattern testers for their first pattern ‘Mortmain’. I stuck my hand in the air and was lucky enough to be picked! This is actually my second version of the dress as the first one is now too big (wahoo!). I made it using a teal plaid wool (I think, it was from the charity shop and presses like a wool!). I did my usual FBA (please forgive the bust darts that look like they’re heinously placed – I’m wearing a different bra to the one I fitted this in) and sway back adjustment. I also chose to fully line this rather than just use the facings and also swapped out the exposed zip for an invisible one (but I forgot to take back view photos – sorry!).
Because I chose to line the bodice with white cotton, I didn’t want to run the risk of this peeking out around the neck or armholes. So I carefully pressed the edge of the facing under and edge stitched it to the lining. I’m really pleased with how close I got the edge of the facing and how close to invisible it is! To get a really good finish on the lining I followed this tutorial. I then catch stitched the lining to the waist band of the skirt. This enclosed where the skirt meets the waist band too. I lined the skirt by duplicating the skirt pattern piece and creating the box pleats with both the outer and lining fabric. I think I got the plaid lined up pretty well! The lining was finished with my overlocker and I overlocked and pressed up the skirt hem before catch stitching it by hand.
I love working with plaid – it’s a challenge but when you get it right it’s really satisfying too. You can also have fun with the direction so I cut the waist band on the bias and used some lightweight fusible interfacing to stop it stretching out. It gives this work appropriate dress a little bit of a twist and some added interest.
This pattern is a great basic and the box pleated skirt manages to have a full hem that I love with out being too bulky around the waist. The separate waist band nips you in and gives a lovely shape. I used the instructions to insert the exposed zip on my first version and they work really really well giving a fabulous finish. All in all I’d recommend this pattern and not just because I was lucky enough to test it! It’s a great building block and with the sleeve options with their cute cuff detail it has so many possibilities!