I was really pleased when recently I was selected to test the newest pattern by Wardrobe by Me, a pattern company I recently discovered.
The Aurora (blouse and dress) is a feminine blouse, tunic, short and midi length dress PDF sewing pattern for women sizes. The design is lovely for both casual or dressed up occasions. Depending on the fabric choice the look will change from classy to bohemian. The front placket detail is repeated in all versions, but the hem can be finished as a blouse, tunic, ruffle hem short or midi dress length. Choose either sleeveless or long sleeve with elastic casing. Select your favourite of two collars and choose a defined belted waistline. All can be mixed and matched as you prefer.’
I chose to make a combination of view A and C in a size 6. I only shortened the sleeves by 2 cm. I used quilting cotton for the collar and the yoke that a dear friend sent me from New Zealand and for the rest, I used grey viscose, which I have loads of from Abakhan’s.
I really like the little overlap on the front. This was the reason I opted for the standing collar instead of the ties. I did not want this little detail to be lost behind the ties.
I found the instructions easy to follow and they include some tips on how to get that standing collar in with no trouble.
Once all was in, I used my new overlocker (which I named Baby) to finish the raw edges.
Because my viscose is not behaving very well, slides a lot, I decided that it will be easier for me to thread trace my hems and then press the fabric into position before I sewed up the side seams.
I like the relaxed fit. It’s quite fun to wear and I’ll be making a few more.
I like the idea of mixing fabrics with this one as well. For summer I am thinking of making view B. I think I’ll skip on view C only because I am not a ruffles girl. However, it’s nice to have the option.