Well, the glorious early winter weather we were having finally gave out and temperatures have now settled a good 5 degrees lower, making things feel decidedly more wintery. That said, I lived through five full New York winters, including two out in Westchester County that were considered unusually bad, so I’m well aware that these cooler temperatures that Melbourne likes to call “winter”, are really nothing of the sort! Sorry Melbourne! 😘😂
I’m often the only mum at school pick up in a cardigan instead of a thick winter coat, so I like to think that my body still remembers what those winters were like too!
That being said, my handmade wardrobe is severely lacking good cold (cool?) weather options. I’ve been finding it really hard to find inspiration in these cooler weeks, and choosing every project has felt like a bit of a slog.
One of my latest projects is this cool weather appropriate Fen Dress, made out of simple Spotlight chambray.
Sorry about the iPhone snap. Part of the lack of shared finished projects around here lately has been the problem of finding time to take proper photos with the good camera, but you know what? Phone photos can be fine too! Shared with phone photos is better than forgotten because of no SLR photos, right?!
For this dress I used the same pattern pieces I used to make my rayon summer fen dress a while back, and obviously added the sleeve option this time.
The bodice is cut at size 2, and the skirt is a size 6, in order to get extra gathers/width in the skirt (to be honest I thought I remembered it being an 8, I was surprised when I saw the pattern pieces). The bodice has been lengthened by 1″ (a typical alteration for me), and the skirt lengthened by 2″. For the sleeve pieces, I cut a size 2 to match the bodice/armscye, but I lengthened the sleeve slightly. I think I might have cut it at the size 8 length.
I really like the way it’s turned out. I’ve been wearing it layered over leggings (pictured here over my rayon ponte Ooh La Leggings) and long-sleeved T’s, and I have to say it’s a welcome change from the jeans/jumpers that I basically live in during the winter months!
The only thing I would mention is that it has ended up feeling a little tighter than my easy breezy summer version, mainly I suppose because I’m layering it over a couple of other things most days. I’d probably consider going up a size if I made another winter version, but it’s definitely not a deal breaker.
I have another winter project finish to share sometime (hint: it’s a coat!), but I need to take some pictures of that one too. Hopefully soon!
In the meantime, it’s back to trying to decide what to make next. First up I’m finishing off a pair of Ginger Jeans I started ages ago, and then I’m thinking about trying to mix in some slightly different styles and silhouettes. I’m deep in the grip of an obsession with the costumes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and I’m currently trying to find some ways to bring a slight jazz age vibe to my modern handmade wardrobe!