An urban jungle

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This family of giraffes have found their way into an urban jungle.  Me too…

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My second Jungle January make for 2015 is another woven Aeolian Dress.  Yes, my obsession with this pattern continues and isn’t over yet.  I think this will be a lasting love affair!

Let’s talk fabric.

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This awesome fabric came from Sew Busy Lizzy’s stash to mine stash a while ago.  From memory, Lizzy brought it from Spotlight with a skirt for herself in mind, but she later realised it was more me than her… lucky lucky me!  Thanks Lizzy.  I love this fabric and our wonderful online sewing community.

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The cotton voile was sheer so I decided to line the body of the dress.  I’m a novice liner.  In fact, I’ve never successfully lined or underlined a garment in my life.  Let’s not talk about the failed liberty Laurel Dress or I might cry.

To line the dress I made some changes to the order of construction.  The process went something like this:

  • Cut the front, back, sleeves and binding from the main fabric, ignoring the back facing
  • Apply fusible stay tape to the wrong side of all the neck edges of the main fabric
  • Cut the front and back from the lining fabric (I cut mine a little shorter than the main fabric)
  • Sew the side seams of the main fabric and finish the raw edges
  • Sew the side seams of the lining and finish the raw edges
  • Place the main dress inside the lining with wrong sides together.
  • Pin at armholes and neckline to hold in place

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  • Sew the underarm seams of both sleeves and finish the raw edges
  • Attach the sleeves to the body of the dress and finish the raw edges
  • Bind the neckline as a facing

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  • Double fold the hem on the main dress… remember it has a lovely deep hem!
  • Hem the lining so it’s approximately 1/2″ shorter than the main dress

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Pattern:  Pattern Fantastique’s Aeolian T-shirt/Dress (knee length)
Size: 
M
Fabric: 
Main fabric:  cotton voile from Spotlight.  Lining:  cotton voile from GJs Discount Fabric
Alterations: 
Sewn in woven fabric rather than a knit.  The body of the dress was lined (see details above).  I removed 2″ from the hem for an above the knee hemline
Accessories:   Necklaces from Elk & shoes recently purchased online from Yoox.

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