Do locals refer to New Orleans as "the Big Easy" or "Nola'? I know that here in San Francisco people don't really say "Frisco." Maybe it's the same thing. Anyway, whatever name you want to call it New Orleans is a magical town, full of lovely people and amazing music, art, and food. Beej and I just returned from our first visit and absolutely loved it. Adjusting to the heat and humidity was definitely a challenge for us, though, which is why I made a few things that were suitable for warmer weather but that will still be appropriate for life at home.
I'll start with the Kalle shirt.
Next up is a pattern that I really struggled to make work for me--the Fen by Fancy Tiger Crafts.
I've been obsessed with day dresses for a while now. I was never much of a dress person before I started sewing, but these days I really like casual dresses that make getting dressed so fast and easy and seem so effortless. I became fixated on the Fen because of the loose shape and casual vibe and went through a number of steps and adjustments. Unfortunately, I don't think it's quite right for me so I'll be moving on to another dress pattern. I think the wide neck and shoulders of the bodice and lack of fullness in the skirt emphasize my top heavy/inverted triangle shape. On the bright side, it was very comfortable for walking around in 90 degree weather. Also, the color is gorgeous, and I think it will get a lot of wear over leggings this winter with my black Blackwood Cardigan. I think a dark, close-fitting cardigan will help to visually bring in the wide neck.
In the interest of learning and recording my adjustments, here are the details:
- Size 18 with 1.5" FBA.
- Changed dress neckline to V-neck by tracing V from top pattern piece onto dress bodice.
- Made a facing for the v-neck. The pattern calls for binding.
- Shortened skirt by 1.5 inches.
- Straightened skirt hem. Sara, who made an absolutely gorgeous Fen, posted how to do this here.
- Hemmed sleeves as instructed but shortened skirt hem--1/4" fold fold followed by 1" fold.
- I actually made a wearable muslin in an inexpensive challis and narrowed the v-neck on the second version by 1/4". Should have narrowed even more.
- Fabric is a stretch linen from Blackbird Fabrics. I think it's gone now. One thing to note about stretch linen is that it's not quite as cool as other linens. I assume this has to do with the synthetic content that gives it stretch. It would have probably been more suitable for pants.
One final note about vacation clothes before I start dreaming about coats and sweaters: the Vogue 1247 Rachel Comey mini I made way back in 2015 deserves an honorable mention because it's the perfect travel garment. Not only did it go with everything and takes up very little space in my suitcase, but those inseam pockets, which admittedly look a bit like a cafe apron, were perfect for my phone and glasses when we visited NOMA. I'm wearing it here with Ignatius Reilly from "A Confederacy of Dunces"--one of the funniest fictional characters ever.
Well, that's all I have today. Back to reality on Monday, but until them I'm still in vacation mode. Thank you very much for reading and have a fantastic weekend!