So... I was pretty dang excited a couple weeks ago when I received an email from Kate of See Kate Sew saying that she was testing a collection of women patterns and that I could pick one to try! I had signed up to do so a while ago but didn't think I'd get the chance. I love her style and am amazed at how she keeps cranking out creative pattern after pattern. Anyway, I chose to test the Maia Dress/Top.
The dress consists of a fitted bodice that stops mid bust and continues on with a gathered skirt. It also has a retro feel with a mod round collar that meets at the center back. The skirt is a bit flowy, (see below) and I prefer to belt it to control looking extra wide with this wacky tribal-stripe printed crepe de chine I found at JoAnn Fabrics. Looking at the entire Garden Party pattern collection now, I think it would be best to pair very spring-like and airy pastel fabrics with the patterns in the future.
A close up of the collar and fabric...
This was the first time I've used crepe de chine and I absolutely love it! It's easier to sew with than rayon challis (which I love to wear) and has the same weight and feel to it. I bought a few other prints that I can't wait to sew with.
The Garden Party Collection of Women's patterns by See Kate Sew is being released today! Check it out!!! I have my eye on the Emaline (that bow!) and Olive.