“Oh look, you’re ready for the prairie!” That’s what my beloved said when he saw my latest Sew Over It Grace dress. Thanks Chris, that’s just what I want to hear.
I follow Sew Over It owner Lisa Comfort on Instagram, and I will admit to some wardrobe envy. A couple of months ago she posted a photo of black and white houndstooth Grace dress, worn with a mustard cardigan, and it was love. I had to have one. Only problem was, I couldn’t find houndstooth fabric anywhere (granted I only looked on their website and in the shop in Balham, so I can’t say I looked very far), so I settled for black and white gingham, which I figured would do pretty much the same job, and was probably cheaper.
Since this is my fourth Grace dress, I don’t have a great deal to say about it. It might well be my new tried n’ tested pattern, and I reckon I can knock one of these together in less than a day now. I did a bit of light pattern alteration by rolling the shoulder straps in an inch and a bit – the straps on the original pattern fell down all the time so that needed fixing. I didn’t bother with the sash this time. On a practical level it’s not something I’ll wear on a day to day basis as I much prefer a belt cos they don’t come undone as easily.
I also lined the bodice with some white polycotton from my stash which I hand stitched in. Despite my usual hatred for hand sewing, I actually quite enjoyed it this time (oh Jo, you’ve changed). I sat down in front of the telly and took it slowly – there were very few tangles and even fewer swears. However, in the interests of picking up new skills, the next time I make this dress (cos I’m not finished with it just yet) I’m going to have a go at sewing in the lining on my machine. I found a tutorial for the Sewaholic Cambie dress and the principle seems the same so shouldn’t be too difficult.
I do love this dress, although my pattern matching needs more work. I sort of managed it down the back, but it could better. Next time I’ll try cutting the pattern through a single layer. But it doesn’t matter, cos I really love this dress. It was my first make of 2016 and I don’t think there’s been a week since that I haven’t worn it. I wear it mostly to work and with a cardi over the top it’s quite flattering. Winner.
Now all I need is farmstead of my own…