I started writing this while waiting for the RAC man to do his thing fixing my punctured tyre this morning before work. I think it’s the first time in a few months I’ve had literally nothing to do! Luckily the RAC gave me priority as I needed to be in work quickly and it was all sorted within 45 minutes.
I bought the I Am Cassiopee pattern at the Great British Sewing Bee Live show in September, and thought it would be a great match for this viscose from Fabrics Galore. I really liked the I Am Patterns stall, as they had a file showing all the different patterns as well as made up samples to look at. I have my eye on the Artemis and Pan designs too.
You do need to trace off the paper pattern which I found a bit time consuming but not difficult. I did have to add a tiny pleat at the back of the neck to get the facing to fit so my tracing may not have been completely accurate!
The pattern is classed as a beginner level pattern, and has raglan sleeves which are easier to fit than set in sleeves, and no neck closures to worry about. The gathering could be tricky for a beginner but otherwise it is straightforward. The fit is very loose on the body with lots of ease.
The cuff detail on the sleeve gives a nice finish and is easy to do. You can see here that some of the dye has come out and there are white specks all over the fabric. I have also managed to pull the fabric at the front which has left a thin white line just below the gathered waist. This is a bit disappointing but not very obvious due to the pattern. The fabric itself is a drapey viscose which has a bit of body to it so is ideal for the shape of the dress.
I find this dress really comfortable to wear and it feels very stylish due to the monochrome abstract design. The only thing I wish I had done is to add pockets as I have them in nearly all of my memade dresses now and can’t manage without them!
I think this is a great pattern for adventurous beginners or intermediate sewists who want an easy to wear dress that can be styled for winter with boots and tights and cosy layers. I am planning a colourful midi version next!