I am a naturally indecisive person, so when it came to making something for the blog it took me a while to choose which pattern to use. I wanted to try something new, but as I tend to make-to-sell instead of make-for-self, I wanted something to ease myself back into me-made clothing. I found the Republique du Chiffon Debbie pattern to be perfect, as the instructions were simple to follow, you didn’t have to cut out too many pattern pieces, and it could be whipped up in half a day. Beginners sewers take note, this is a great starter project!
This pattern recommends a lightweight viscose or velvet. As Christmas has been and gone I decided on viscose, but as Loubodu has so many beautiful patterns to choose from, I admit I needed the advice of my family to help narrow my choices down. I eventually decided on this beautiful toucan viscose in a light grey in preparation for the sunnier months ahead (she hopes). The drape flows beautifully and the blue-grey is a gorgeous transitional colour to go with the change in seasons.
One of my least favourite parts of sewing is cutting the patterns and fabric out (anyone with me?!) but as I mentioned before, the cutting was pretty straight forward. There weren’t many pattern pieces, and no fiddly bits. Before cutting please bare in mind that the seam allowances are not included with this pattern - an error I have made once before and hope to never make again! My suggestion when cutting with viscose and lining material is to use plenty of pattern weights and a rotary cutter. Things can get slippery, so the more you can weigh it down and precisely cut, the less likely you are to make mistakes. Oh - did I mention I still managed to make a mistake?
Don’t ask me how, but somewhere along the way I managed to cut the shoulder off my front piece. Luckily I had enough material to quickly whip up another - phew!
I love making button holes on my trusty Janome. If you’ve never used a buttonhole foot, don’t be afraid. I do have to remind myself every time I use it, but if your machine is anything like mine it’s super easy.
I took my dress on a trip to Amsterdam and, as I hate posing for photos, I tried to incorporate the snaps into the holiday - so enjoy the photos of me and my famous pals from Madame Tussaud’s!
As Dani from @pocketortwo mentioned I would definitely recommend getting a walking foot especially when working with viscose. I absolutely love my little foot and don’t know where I’d be without it (probably sitting on the floor with an unpicker!).
I would say this pattern is perfect as a maternity dress (or if you’re planning on overindulging!) as it has plenty of stretch. I’ll definitely be reaching for this dress for meals out!
Thanks for reading,