Thank you to everyone who left an encouraging comment about my jacket. And to Laura who said yes it does look like a fly-fishing vest. Ah, honesty.
Anyway, I did power through and it is mostly done and actually pretty awesome if I do say so myself. How mostly? All I need to do is sew the bottom hems of the lining and shell together and add the buttons to the cuffs. But since it is supposed to hit 100°F today (while pouring continuously) lets just say my motivation to finish a heavy spring/fall jacket is a little…dampened.
To take a break from the jacket making I sewed this dress:
The fabric was a birthday present to myself…a lovely silky rayon lycra knit with 2-way stretch. The pattern is Butterick 4789. 2 pattern pieces, 4 fabric pieces. No sleeves, no pockets, no lining, no zipper. The perfect pick-me-up project.
I made only a few tiny changes to the pattern: a small swayback tuck, then realigning the skirt CB seam so it fell straight. I also raised and rounded off the neckline at the back. Although I know knit dresses are supposed to be “easy,” I often find myself fighting to work with the stretchy fabric. This one went together easily though. I used bias tape to stabilize the neckline and the opening for the twist. And the 2-way stretch behaved reasonably well.
When I first planned to post this, I was going to say something like “I know twist dresses are so 2009…” but then I saw this post and this post and there seems to be a twist revival going on! Which seems totally sensible to me because these patterns give you a great design feature with minimal sewing headaches. In fact, I think I may make another one myself.