I'm a bit behind in sharing some finished makes from the last few weeks, but I'm gradually catching up, including the Klein dress that I finished at the end of August.
I've now worn this dress twice, and I really like it. I adore the fabric. The style is rather tent-like, which was only sort of what I was envisioning. I wanted to sew a dress that was lightweight and floaty and loose and perfect to wear when it's really hot outside. And that's what this dress is! Ultimately, it was more tent-like than expected, so I made some modifications after I finished it (more on that below). But overall, when all is said and done, it is exactly how I envisioned it: floaty and cool. And I wore it in 85 degree heat, quite comfortably.
On Sunday afternoon, Nicholas and I stopped by his barber for him to get his haircut. And then he took a few photos of me wearing my finished Klein dress, and we had a fun little day date with some window shopping and an early supper.
Pattern: Klein dress
Size: US 2-4, but more on that below
Fabric: cotton double gauze, from Blackbird Fabrics, which I will gladly sew with again!
Modifications & notes: I finished this, tried it on, and was astonished at the amount of positive ease (how massive it was) but assumed that was just "the style." I've seen a few other people on IG who have sewn this dress with similar conclusions. It was so large that I just felt like I was drowning it it. After I wore it once, I took it in approximately 4 inches on each side, for a total of 8 fewer inches in circumference and it is still very roomy. I still like the style, but I think if I make this pattern again, I'll make some significant sizing modifications. I serged all my raw edges.
Next time: Make the bodice and waist band significantly less full.
As July comes to a close, I wanted to check in and share some recent projects I've been working on, as well as a few that I've completed. I also wanted to share some creative-focused podcasts I've been enjoying, and some musings about crafting in community and future plans for knitting, sewing, and a brand new, very-beginner skill for me: crochet!
I've been fairly prolific (by my own standards) lately in terms of sewing and knitting and I figured it was time to share some of them! With spring and summery weather, I always feel a shift in terms of my creativity. I still want to knit with wool, but I see myself drawn a bit more towards color or lighter tones and printed fabric. I'll share below what I've been up to!
Spring is here! And with it, I find myself wanting to start all kinds of new projects, but I've been holding onto some self control and trying to wrap up my current projects, somewhat successfully. Since my last check-in, I've finished a few knitting and sewing projects, made progress on some current projects, and made plans for upcoming projects.