This double gauze is a dream. First off, I'm not sure I've ever worked with any fabric that was more accurately named. It literally is two layers of gauze. It's so soft, almost like a lightweight well-washed flannel, which makes it great for lots of seasons, especially here in Texas where tights with a short-sleeve shirt is about all we need even at this time of year.
One of the many reasons I love sewing vintage patterns is I come across unusual construction details I don't often see. This one actually has a zip front, believe it or not! It's tucked away under that placket. This was an unexpected surprise, and one I've enjoyed wearing - not a worry about any gaping when you've got a dress-length zipper all down your front!
The CF edges are finished with bias binding. The collar connects to the dress with a facing, which I then catch-stitched down. The pattern called for the hems to also be hand-stitched, but I chose to machine stitch them to match the top-stitching down CF.
The patches of saturated plaid on the print, along with the collar and button detail from the pattern really make this shift for me. It's also insanely comfortable. This is basically a fancy muumuu that is cinched with a belt!
It's been awhile since I've seen you guys, and my sporadic posting will likely continue, so I figured I better have an animated gif to keep the excitement up! A lot of my creative energy has been going towards a newfound passion for cooking, which has taken up a good deal of the time I used to use for sewing.
I finally sorted out this year that I have some food allergies, and it drove me to cooking to figure out how to eat in a way that works for me. Turns out, though, I love cooking! All those changes have also caused me to lose a bit of weight, so most of my sewing in the last few months has been spent altering old favorites you've seen here on the blog before. I miss spending all that time sewing, but it's been really wonderful to eat and feel so good!
If you're in the market for some recipes, I keep a Pinterest board of the ones I've tried and liked here: https://www.pinterest.com/rosiewednesday/for-cooking-again/. They're mostly gluten and dairy free, and I comment with the modifications I made to make it taste better or work for my allergies so I remember next time I cook it. Until next time, bon appetit and happy sewing!