I'm happy to be back this month with a summer Fabricista project and some exciting news...
There's nothing more rewarding for a sewist than having a TNT (tried and true) pattern you love to make, is easy to wear and versatile enough that you can make it over and over with great results. I decided to set out and do just that: design a line of modern patterns with friendly fully illustrated instructions that sewers could use to build their sewing skills, fill their closets and add to their TNT pattern list. So with that, I'm excited to announce Blue Dot Patterns, my new sewing patterns!
For my summer outfit, I used one of Blue Dot's first patterns, the Dover Jacket which comes with two views. View A is short sleeved with a single button closure and view B has a 3/4 length sleeve, gathered bodice and a three button closure.
I chose a lightweight stretch denim from Fabricmart (sadly it sold out) would be perfect for view A because it would look great with some decorative machine stitching.
The cotton/lycra fabric I used is light, has stretch and a soft brushed face but the jacket would also work in quilting cottons, like this polka dot, twills and ponte knits.
Dover is a loose fitting jacket with raglan sleeves that goes together quickly. I bound the jacket facing with bias I made using a bias tape maker and fabric from my stash (I think it looks interesting when the jacket comes open) and added strips of interfacing to the bottom of the jacket to stabilize the hem.
My "Details" Pinterest board was the inspiration for the topstitching. After testing several different stitches on my machine, I ended up using a "dot and stitch" design around the edge of the jacket.
I debated on adding topstitched pockets to the front but after seeking the opinions of those around the house, I opted not to this time but I will the next time around. I used a Burberry button I had in my button tin (I have no idea where it came from) to finish everything off. I love it with the skirt but I also like that it can dress up a simple t-shirt.
For the summer skirt I used a Colette pattern I had in my stash. The Ginger skirt pattern became a TNT pattern for me a couple of years back but it's been a while since she's been pulled it out. The high waist silhouette lends itself to this bold stretch shirting from Fabricmart. This cotton/lycra fabric is crisp and bright with a slight sheen and best of all, it's easy to sew.
I lengthened the skirt about 2" and added a cotton batiste lining but didn't change anything else. This pattern has great instructions and would be perfect for a beginning intermediate sewist.
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.