Everytime I see a divine, floatly, lightweight fabrics at work, I instantly think of Pattern Fantastique’s Calyx Smock. I don’t always act on those impulses, but this time I did! No regrets.
The 70% cotton and 30% silk fabric demanded french seaming. My sewing machine didn’t love sewing this fabric, but we persevered and I’m pleased with the results.
The neck binding extends into a tie at the back. It’s a nice little detail… as are the wide centre back seam allowances which are top-stitched in place. I think ‘nice little details’ is a feature that consistently runs through all Pattern Fantastique patterns.
My only changes to the pattern was to do my usual forward shoulder adjustment and remove 1″ (2.5cm) from the length.
From memory the instructions give you two hemming options, and I went with a small double fold hem rather than the supplied facings. The wind caught the hem in the above photo, which gives you a sense of the fabric’s floatiness!
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Calyx Smock
Size: 10 with the shorter sleeves
Fabric: Japanese cotton/silk blend called Watermark
Alterations: 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and removed 1″ (2.5cm) from the length of the top.
Outfits: Me-made linen Barry Pants, beach glass earrings by Susan Ewington Jewellery, antique sliver necklace, sunglassess from Liberty of London (circa 2017!) and slides from Radical Yes (not current)