today’s post was sponsored by Makerist. They got in touch and asked if I would like to select a pattern from their website and also give me a small cash payment with which to buy fabric to make the pattern up. All of the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own honest ones.
Makerist is a website which offers hundreds of PDF patterns from independent pattern designers (indie designers; you can also sell your patterns through their website). It’s not just dress making patterns that they sell, but knitting, quilting, crochet and embroidery patterns as well. In addition, there are also high quality videos and tutorials that you can watch to help you out. I am being honest when I say I only really checked out the dress making patterns and there was plenty of choice (more than 100 pages worth of patterns!) with some familiar as well as new-to-me designers featured. Overall, I thought the website was colourful, well designed and easy to navigate. It’s definitely worth checking and I do believe there is a flash sale on which ends today.
On to the pattern and fabric details. After much perusing, I went for the Chari dress (and top) by Schnittchen patterns, which, full disclosure, I have had vaguely on my radar anyway for a little while (ruffles, duh!) The fabric was purchased from Fabric Godmother. It was called Eleanor viscose challis in sky blue, but sorry guys, looks like it’s already sold out. There are lots of other beautiful options on the website though. It is a beautiful lightweight viscose, with beautiful movement and drape. Perfect for this dress which needs drape to work. Just note, if you ever do buy this fabric, I think it’s a directional print so you might need to buy extra fabric to account for cutting out.
You will notice a couple of modifications I made to this pattern straight away: first of all I added some straps to the back shoulders to keep the shoulders in place. That back neckline is actually quite low, and I know that without the straps this would have been an annoying wear for me, having to adjust the shoulders all the time. Secondly, I decided to just go with short cap sleeves. I wasn’t feeling the longer length sleeves that were included with the pattern. Full modifications are shown below, but overall I am very pleased with the finished dress. I have never sewn with Schnittchen patterns before and I found the fit to be quite generous.
Pattern Fitting Notes
- I cut a straight UK size 18.
- I did a 5/8ths inch FBA and carried the extra width all the way down the front to the hem. This dress is actually an A-line shaped dress with no waist seam; the shaping at the waist is achieved by means of a casing and elastic.
- As an added fit insurance I also added 5/8ths inch to the side seams from just above the waist down to the hem. Probably wasn’t required.
- The upper arm size for the size 18 seems to be wrong. It is stated as being much smaller than what it actually is. I altered the sleeve to be a short/ cap sleeve with a 1 inch full arm adjustment.
- I did a 1 inch full bum adjustment.
- I would advise to stay stitch the front and back necklines and ruffles.
- I did a narrow hem on my ruffles.
- I lowered the front casing point by approximately 2 inches. I also sewed my casing on the inside, rather than the outside as directed.
- If making this again, my front shoulder seams need to come forward by approximately 1 inch?
- I added ties in the back to secure the shoulders.
This is one of those throw-on-and-go dresses which will be perfect for hot weather (if summer ever comes!) Sigh. But overall I am very happy with how this turned out. Thanks to Makerist for making this post possible.