I hope nobody is too shocked to see another post in such a short time! While I'm clearly a sporadic blogger, I did want to get this series out in it's entirety before I really dig into my winter sewing (I really want to do a mini winter wardrobe in late February).
Today we are talking about the two dresses I made for this capsule. While my original plan had me making one knit dress, I came across this rayon challis in my stash that matched the color palate too well to pass up. I received both the rayon and the matching buttons as a birthday gift from my husband this past February so it was past time to use them both! I had also been eyeing M7431 since it's release and thought this was the perfect opportunity. I really love the 70's vibe of this dress and was interested to play around a bit with the statement sleeves.
Things I like about this dress are the elastic waist band, the floaty skirt, and the fun embellishments on the top. Things that I'm not as crazy about are that I have to wear a tank underneath due to the nature of the closures. Also, because it's challis, its a bit chilly in our Indiana Autumn. It is, however, fantastic for layering, which I am enjoying. I'm also undecided on the sleeves. While I like the idea of a statement sleeve, I really think my statement sleeves need to end around my elbow (like my pink top). I am much too messy and busy to have sleeves flapping around my body all day. I did chose the sleeves with the elastic around the wrist which aided in pushing them up my arm, but this does grow tiresome over the course of the day. All in all, this is a great dress to grab for church or dinner out with my husband or friends. I find I'm not wearing it during the week much, but this is probably because my studio is cold and I want to be cozy. This means that when I grab a dress, it's usually a knit one like dress number 2.
The pattern I used for this one was M6355 (that seems to be OOP) that I found in my stash. While I like the end results of this dress, I think my Concord t-shirt-to-a-dress hack might be my new knit dress TNT pattern. However, this dress is super cozy while still maintaining a shape so I don't look like I'm wearing a sack.
What I really want to talk about with this dress is the fabric. This was one of only 2 pieces of fabric that I purchased for this mini capsule and they both came from Emma One Sock. It's a thick rayon blend knit in a camel and cream herringbone pattern. Guys, this fabric is so dreamy and I really wish I had bought more. However, I was trying to be super economical with this capsule, so I only ordered enough for the dress I wanted to make.
Can we also take a minute and talk about Emma One Sock? This is one of my absolute favorite online fabric shops. Buying fabric online can be tricky, at best, especially if you are looking for a specific item. If you're trying to color match different fabrics, forget about it, unless you order swatches. What I love most about Emma One Sock is that not only are ALL their fabrics of the top quality (I am seriously amazed by the wonderful quality every time I receive an order), but they match coordinating fabrics for what you are looking at on the right hand side of the screen. This is truly a game changer for building a capsule wardrobe. They have done all the hard work for you in matching coordinating yardage. It's really genius and I find that I usually buy more than I intend because of this fantastic feature (well played, EOS, well played). I have also fallen down the rabbit hole of wardrobe planning on this website so beware if you are short on time!
That's it for the dresses. Next up are the jackets and cardigan!