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December 16, 2021
Hey there, it’s Jessica from Hygmalion again! It’s so good to be back on the RCF blog, and mayyyyybeee *even better* to be back in more RCF fabric!I don’t know if it’s the baby bod or what, but I have been reaching for my woven makes more and more often over the past year. I love the comfort and reliability of stretchy knits as much as anybody, but wearing wovens tends to make me look and feel more put together! Nothing clings or pulls, I don’t have to check to make sure things aren’t sliding “into the unknown,” and I appreciate the structure that wovens give to my body…which seems to be losing its own structure daily! One thing about wovens, though, is that they tend to be very popular in the summer, and then lose steam when cooler weather rolls around. So when I had my heart set on some woven winter makes, I knew flannel was in my future!
I have been in LOVE with the speckled Robert Kaufman flannels on the Raspberry Creek website ever since I saw it. Each colorway is so beautiful, and I was really drawn to the cream and rust, but when I considered my propensity for spills and stains I decided to go instead with the burgundy. I am SO happy with my choice; the multi-colored speckles give it such depth and make it really special!
The rich color of this fabric also put me in mind of the holidays–I don’t wear bright reds, but softer tones like burgundy are special favorites of mine. With that thought, I set about making a dress that could work for Christmas events, but which would also be appropriate to wear in all kinds of cold weather, even into March and April! And BOY is it appropriate–I have NEVER been warmer or more cozy in a dress!
I’m in my third trimester, but I’m keeping that fourth trimester in mind (breastfeeding and beyond!), so I turned to the Lyric Dress by Love Notions. I’ve modified this for pregnancy before–it’s as simple as shortening the bodice and extending the skirt–so that part didn’t require too much finagling. I opted to just do buttons on the bodice and not all the way down the skirt, so that made it even easier!
To keep it festive and special, I modified the neckline to have a scalloped design. Scallops are just so pretty and timeless; I’m looking forward to pulling this dress out year after year. I also went as wide as my fabric would allow on the bishop sleeves, just for some extra oomph! And of course, I had to include everybody’s favorite mod: inseam pockets!
Overall, I am in love with how this flannel dress turned out. I have received so many compliments each time I’ve worn it, too, so I know I’m not the only one who loves it! If you’re looking to get more wovens into your winter wardrobe, definitely don’t skip the flannel! Happy sewing!
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