Hello hello hello!
Wow it has been a ~hot minute~ since I’ve written a blog post but I have been sewing away! I’ve done a ton of traveling so I made a ton of outfits for different trips, and I’ve also had a few awesome opportunities to do some pattern testing for some indie pattern designers. I hope to catch up on those blog posts in the near future 🙂 The reason I am back on the blog is because I was invited to contribute to the Coffee and Thread Madrid Dress Blog Tour! This is the first time I’ve been a part of a blog tour (yay!) and I’m so excited to get involved in the sewing community in a greater capacity.
Pattern: Madrid Dress by Coffee and Thread
Fabric: mango poplin from Fabrictopia, a local fabric shop in Houston
Difficulty: Advanced beginner. Skills required include inserting a zipper, inset sleeves, adding a facing, bodice darts and gathering fabric.
Thoughts: Overall, this was a straightforward pattern from start to finish. I love the look of the flared sleeves which give plenty of room to move around. I think I might have preferred the zipper to be in the back rather than the side, but that would certainly be an easy modification. I was surprised by how much I liked the tiered skirt! I’ve never worn a tiered dress outfit before, and there was a looot of gathering involved. I went with the midi length, but you can add more tiers for a maxi dress effect. I think the look may have been a little more polished with the optional waistband, but I ran out of fabric… oops!
Final Thoughts: An easy pattern with tons of personality! It’s a nice break for me, as I definitely love more jumpsuits or more shift-type dresses, so it was good to try something different for a change! The fabric options are endless, and would be sooo fun with color blocking or fabric painting. I would love to try this pattern in a linen or double gauze fabric!
For more on the blog tour, check out a few of the hashtags on Instagram –> #ctmadriddress #madriddresstour #coffeeandthreadpatterns
Thanks y’all!! It’s nice to be back!