I have been working on a few new items for my summer wardrobe. Looking for something relaxed enough to wear on the beach, smart enough for work-wear, sleeveless but also suitable for layering I thought Vogue patterns V1236 would fit the bill perfectly.
The ladies who come to the Jane White Couture Tuition workshops love their Vogue patterns and I am a big fan of Vogue’s Donna Karan and DKNY ranges, especially the jersey items. I hope that the recent news of Donna Karan’s departure from the Donna Karan company will not impact on her range for Vogue patterns.
My first dress is made in a John Kaldor orange and ivory print stretch cotton sateen and, as it was fabric I had been donated, I thought I would make it as ‘wearable toile’. A term coined by sewer Eileen and very appropriate for something we make in fabric we haven’t paid much (or anything) for and are happy to go with the flow with if it needs too many alterations to be wearable. I know making a toile entails extra work but it really is worth it for a fantastic fit and to prevent fabric wastage. If you would like to know more about using toiles and how to get a fabulous fit have why not a look at my Fitting Surgery workshop.