I saw Jane and her Groove over a month ago. I was in love. Not just with Jane (insert winky face) but the dress is so lovely, free and easy. The weeks ticked by and the weather has turned and then at JoAnn Fabrics the other day I saw this Ombre sweater knit. It was time.
I have been thinking about a more curated wardrobe. This is in response to a persistent back ache keeping me out of my favorite shoes and hunting for better ones with the cold. I find myself gravitating to some standards, but also, looking for pieces to layer that I will wear often. One of the problems I have had with my hand makes comes with wearing them. Several of them are for specific events, pattern tours, blog hops and so on. While this is great, I find very specific patterns are in heavy rotation, and I am starting to really rely on my own designs more and more.
The Groove marries a few of my favorite things, ease, swing, girly and knit. So I got to the making of this new regular customer to my wardrobe. It looks great over skinny jeans, tights, or on its own.
It is not warm out. Fall has arrived. I knew I needed some sleeves. I thought about it for about 5 seconds as the word Plantain flew around in my head. Perfect. I also knew from experience that I wanted the sleeves a little longer, so I tried a few options and ended up adding a cuff.
The swing style of this dress adds volume, and I didn’t have quite enough to make the front in one piece. Instead of cutting on the fold I cut two pieces and seamed them together. I used french seams on most of the dress. To add a little interest, the elbow patches are some oh so soft leather out of my stash in the same gray tones.
I see many more of these in my future. Have you made it yet?