A month or so ago, I was researching the Cali Faye Perri Pullover. I had seen it around, mainly the little girls version, and thought it would be a nice change from yoga pants and GAP hoodies for wearing around the house. While I was doing some extensive market research on the pattern (i.e., asking sewing friends on facebook to upload their versions…), I happened to see a pattern tester call on the Cali Faye facebook page for the new Gardenia Dress. (note…the perri pullover links to her etsy shop, the gardenia dress links to her website)
Perfect. Timing. I would get a chance to test out her patterns before buying, and well…make this dress, which I liked even more than the perri. Knit dress with long sleeves and a gathered skirt? Yes, please. It really couldn’t get more fall perfect. Or Monica perfect, really. Love me a dress. Especially a cozy knit one. Looking at this photo of myself is kind of funny, because in my head I was wearing a TON of eye make up. I’ve been a little obsessed with this site, and felt very ‘made up.’ Ha. Hahahahaha. On the flip side, I think I’ve mastered the “no-make-up make-up” look.
This is my tester version, so it isn’t quite right, but I love and wear it anyway. After the testing, the sizes were all scaled down a size, so this is essentially a size too large. The yoke hits at a weird place in this version, and it’s…well…just too big. I think it may actually be a couple sizes too big on the top. It doesn’t show a lot in these photos because of course, you go through and pick out the best ones, but I swim in it. The thing is, I still love it and wear it once a week!
I have the new version printed, taped, and traced (two sizes smaller than this one) ready to go, now it’s just time to find some fabric and share. As far as the pattern goes, it is beautifully tiled and easy to print, tape and follow directions. The pattern pieces are overlayed with a grid, which I love for matching and taping. I don’t like just relying on the one little triangle to match up, you know? Next time I sew I may add some clear elastic at the waist, or maybe some interfacing, just to help it keep it’s shape.
Now that the days are so short (and getting shorter…) I can’t rely on my husband to take photos, so this marks my first tripod photoshoot. Here is Lily to help me, bed-head and all ;) She didn’t last long in that little nightgown, it was FREEZING outside.
I’m s-l-o-w-l-y building up my handmade wardrobe. I’m having trouble figuring out how to online fabric shop and pick good fabrics. That is definitely what is slowing me down the most. What are your favorite types of knits and online knit sources? I’m thinking soft and don’t pill after a few washes… :) This is some sort of knit from Jo-Ann, and it’s actually been holding up really well!