Hope everyone has been enjoying the recent sunshine? When I started making this Grainline Farrow my head was still very much in winter sewing and this feels like a dress I will wear with tights, so here is my last winter dress before I start on some summer sewing!The Farrow dress was on my 2017 makenine despite being some way outside my usual style. I don’t usually choose a dress without any waist shaping and I really wasn’t sure whether this would work on me or not. I was slightly worried that it could very easily look a bit maternity!I cut a size 12 overall – there is so much ease at the waist and hip that you don’t really need to worry about those measurements. I could probably have sized down to a 10 at the shoulder and bust, but I was originally planning to include the sleeves and I often have to widen the upper back with sleeves, so I went for a larger size to be cautious. In the end I decided to skip the sleeves to save myself the fitting pain!
I omitted the front pockets – partly because I am not that bothered about pockets but mainly because I didn’t have as much fabric as I needed! It’s not difficult to make this change – I just folded back the pattern pieces, but Jen has provided a more detailed explanation here. I decided to flat fell the diagonal seams across the front and back to make a feature of them. I rather wish I had kept it simple – the fabric was very slippery and the seams look a bit chewed up in places.
I used a viscose from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton, which I bought in their sale in January. This is quite a heavy fabric – it seems to be a viscose version of a satin backed crepe – the wrong side is slippery and the right side is crepey! I was completely drawn to the contrast of the bright red poppies glowing against the black – it feels like a very 60s style graphic print. As you can see, I didn’t think about pattern matching at all when I cut this out! It was only after I sewed up the back that I realised that I really should have made more effort… I just didn’t have enough fabric to match everything up. I recut the lower front pieces to match the upper front pieces , but I wasn’t able to match the centre seams. I will just have to hope that no one who doesn’t sew will notice this…
My main reservation is that it is a bit shorter than I am comfortable with at the front – I made a very narrow hem to preserve as much length as possible, but I think I will only wear this with black tights (what is it about black tights that magically make it possible to wear something that would otherwise be too short…?) I am really pleased with how this turned out! I’m glad that I tried a different silhouette and I will make this pattern again if I can find the right fabric for a summer version.
Has anyone else been trying something new recently?