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Jalie Dolman T

—by Heather

One of my favorite pattern companies, Jalie, recently released several new designs which I’ve been excited to make. First up is this simple Dolman T pattern. You can make this up easily in an afternoon and wear your new top to happy hour!

The slightly longer back is a stylish detail which gives this simple design a bit more interest. You can make this “sleeveless” version for warmer days or use the 3/4 sleeve option with a sweater knit for something more substantial or dressier. I definitely recommend this pattern.

Spring Green Moneta

—by Heather

A multitude of diverse and gorgeous greens surrounds me these days. In my yard, on my plate—and now on my person! This lush green fabric is a bamboo blend knit which I knew, as soon as I saw it, would make a perfect Moneta Dress. Moneta and Mabel are the latest designs from Colette Patterns and are their first two patterns designed for knits.

My version is sleeveless with a lined bodice. The technique for finishing the lining and bodice together is new to me and came together quite easily. Thinking I wouldn’t want an extra layer in summer, I almost skipped the lining but I’m really glad I went for it and learned this new method. I did bypass the pockets though because I didn’t want any additional bulk near my hips.

Overall I like this dress and will probably make another but I’ll want to resolve some fit issues that make this first version not as flattering as I would like. The main problem is that the armholes gape. I think if you are making the sleeveless version your armhole needs to be smaller. Perhaps tracing the smaller size would work? I sort of wish I had made the 3/4-sleeve option. The neckline is a bit too wide for my taste so I will probably change that as well. I love the way the skirt gathers without being poofy and hangs delicately from the bodice—probably the bamboo deserves a lot of credit for that.

Give Moneta a whirl for your summer wardrobe! We’ve got plenty of beautiful knits to choose from.

The Little Shift

—By Heather

Just in time for Spring, the Little Shift Dress from Favorite Things is a sweet and simple pattern suitable for advanced beginners. This cute basic has gathered cap sleeves and pleating at the front neckline. The overall shape is made more interesting with the elastic casing which ends just a little beyond the sides with a sweet button detail.

With only a few steps, this dress sews up quickly—you can easily finish it in one (uninterrupted) afternoon, or a few hours spread out over a weekend.

A quick word about sizing; when sewing for a specific wearer, I measure and make adjustments accordingly. For this sample, I didn’t have anyone specific in mind, so I just made the 5/6 as written. My model is a thin 7-year-old so the dress fits her through the body but is short on her—more of a tunic length. I mention this so those of you sewing for your 5/6-year-olds won’t think the pattern is short. It is a true dress length.

Happy sewing!