Happy Holidays everyone! I’m excited to be part of the Itch to Stitch Holiday blog tour! We got to choose an Itch to Stitch pattern along with fabric sponsored by Style Maker Fabrics to create a garment for the Holidays. I decided to make a dress, using the Sirena Dress pattern.
My husband’s family is Norwegian, and every year we have a big dinner on December 24th with lots of traditional Norwegian dishes. I’m not even going to try to explain/spell them for you, but they are delicious.. at least most of them! My kids will wear their traditional bunads, but I myself do not own one, so I really needed a dress for the occasion. And so I give you my version of the Sirena Dress:
This season I’ve been really into trying different fabrications and textures, and suede was next on my list. Style Maker Fabrics just started carrying this super cool lightweight faux suede, they call it suede shirting. I laid eyes on the wine color and the rest was history. I picked the Sirena Dress because the silhouette was a little different for me, more fitted and sophisticated looking, and I especially loved the top-stitching all over the front of the dress.
I graded between a size 2-4 for my dress. I ended up taking about 1″ off both back seams before putting my zipper in to get the perfect fit. This dress was really fun to put together! The directions were great, and I really appreciated how different cup sizes were added to the pattern. This usually isn’t an issue for me (I’m pretty standard) but I wanted to point out this feature to you. I also went with the cuffed sleeve, but there’s also a really pretty flared sleeve option in this pattern.
On to the fabric! I have never worked with faux suede, or suede in general before. I did a little research before beginning. I found a lot of great advice in Michelle’s post using the same fabric. I was careful to iron on a low setting or with a press cloth on a slightly higher setting. I found more success with a press cloth and higher heat setting. This fabric also has a satiny finish on the backside making it feel really silky on the inside when worn, and for this reason I did not line my dress. It was pretty straight forward to work with, no hiccups along the way!
I really love the look of this dress in suede, it gives it a cool, boho vibe while still looking polished. It’s going to be perfect for Christmas Eve!
Guys, Kennis is offering everyone 16% off on all Itch to Stitch patterns until December 11th, midnight CST, using the code “holiday16”. Style Maker Fabrics is also offering shipping for $5 in the US and discounted international shipping, so get shopping!
Check out the rest of the tour for some great holiday sewing inspiration!