It's been a busy few weeks for me between work, birthday parties and the usual day to day things that keep me hopping. But I have had some time for craftiness! Today I'm going to wax poetic about the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine Dress* that I sewed up for this year's Maxi dress sew along. The Sunshine Dress hadn't even been on my radar at all despite being released a year ago and suddenly I was completely smitten and had to make it.
|It has pockets, just as any good dress should have! :)|
The reason it suddenly popped onto my radar was that I have a slight obsession with the custom fabric shops that are all over Facebook these days. I joined one group, Blended Threads, which somehow led me to another group, True North Fabrics, that led me to Kiss My Stash, which led me to Elevated Fashion Fabrics which led me to Sew Sew English. (I clearly need help. Send some sort of intervention now!!!!)
The common things I kept noticing throughout all the groups was mention of DBP. Now what the heck is DBP??? Double Brushed Poly, or as I've seen it referred to as "Unicorn fur" or something along those mythical lines. I was skeptical. Polyester? Brushed? Twice? It made me think of the old nighties and pjs from the seventies and early eighties that were definitely polyester - sort of scratchy on the inside, but kind of soft and fuzzy on the outside. Everyone was raving about it though. And the prints that I was seeing coming up in the various groups were stunning. So finally I bit the bullet. I am so absolutely and easily led. I bought a couple of yards on a pre-order from Blended Threads. I'd bought a few different fabrics this spring from her already and been really impressed with the quality and the customer service. Plus she's practically local being in Saskatchewan, so I felt like she wouldn't lead me astray at all.
|(PS: I'm walking here, not practicing standing like a flamingo...)|
The fabric came and it is glorious. Soft and luxurious. Nothing like those old pjs and nighties at all. But then I wasn't sure what to make with it. It seemed too special to make just anything. I was flummoxed as to what would be suitable. Then a sew along showed up for the P4P Sunshine dress in the Sew Sew English Facebook group and I kept looking at all the gorgeous finished dresses. The cut seemed to flatter so many different figures and everyone seemed to be on the DBP bandwagon, so I hopped on too. The more the merrier!
And boy am I glad I did. First off, the pattern is fabulous. No adjustments nor muslin for that matter were made, I went on blind faith alone. Oh! I did cut a smaller skirt size just because of fabric constraints and well, quite frankly I didn't feel my hips needed quite as much width of fabric as the pattern called for. But that's more a size blending thing than an actual pattern adjustment in my books. So fit is spot on out of the package (Ok, off the printer, if we're going to quibble), and now lets talk about ease of sewing. Nothing challenging about it at all. Instructions were top notch. Everything lined up beautifully. The end result looks like it is a lot harder to acheive than it actually is. Easy peasy lemon squeezy as my little boys would say.
And Double Brushed Poly? Well, it's safe to say I've drunk the Koolaid. Not only does it feel luxurious, but it sews like a dream. It doesn't shift or slip and slide while sewing like other drapey knits would! So I'm in. I've got a couple more yards headed my way from Sew Sew English and just received a couple from Elevated Fashion Fabrics.
After sewing up my dress I can definitely say I'm thoroughly impressed with Patterns for Pirates and am really looking forward to sewing up the other patterns I have since bought from them! But first? I think I might have to make another DBP Sunshine Dress or two...