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Featured Seamstress: Elina


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Name: Elina

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern: Crepe

Her Blog: Mielitty

Her post about the pattern: Kukallinen kesäleninki

What kind of fabric did you use? Printed cotton lawn. I bough the fabric about 7 years ago for 3 euros per metre, and I have just been waiting to find the right pattern for the fabric.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I chose the pattern because I love wrap dresses, and the cut in Crepe is so clever — it even has pockets! I don’t usually wear clothes with big floral patterns, but I thought the dark floral fabric has a nice vintage feel, and I thought it would be a perfect match with the Crepe pattern. My Crepe is the perfect dress for Finnish summer weather, which at times can be quite chilly.

What thoughts do you have about the project? The instructions were really detailed and the dress was easy to sew. The only problem I had, was when the dress was ready the sleeve facings did not stay in place nicely, and I ended up sewing them together with the bodice with backstitches 2 inches from the edge. On the right side of the dress the stitches are practically invisible and facings stay in place. I was really pleased with how well the dress in size 10 fits, even though I’m 6 ft tall. I only did some minor modifications in the shoulders and sleeves and added 2 inches length to the skirt, and 1/2 inches length to the bodice.

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Comments 6


Great dress. I don’t usually like wrap dresses because they gap in the front. Lovely, flattering & great for work. I need this pattern!


Great looking dress! And such a cute pattern.
I taught a full bust adjustment class in which one person wanted to adjust this pattern because she’d tried to make it a few times without success since she was VERY full busted. After she put together her muslin, it fit and she cried! She sent me a photo of her completed dress, worn to a wedding, and it looked fabulous!


That is such a lovely story! Thanks for sharing!


What a lovely dress! You did a fantastic job with it!


Big floral patterns look great on petite people but for rounder people as myself it would make me look bigger. I love the dress on you it is a wonderful color on you.


Stunning dress! You look lovely in your dress!

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