If you follow The Monthly Stitch this post will be a repeat for you. We are in the midst of Indie Pattern Month, a month-long of sewing contests centered around indie patterns — i.e. non-big four commercial pattern makers. Wendy from Coser Cosas kindly mailed me the Vanamo pattern from Named Patterns, which arrived from Spain just in time for the week’s first competition: New to Me. Since I’ve never sewed anything from Named Patterns, the Vanamo two-piece dress fit the bill. For construction details, read on.
The pattern arrived in gorgeous packaging.
Since I’ve been on a crop top kick lately, I was super excited to sew up this outfit. Plus, I had the perfect playful fabric. I bought this pug neoprene from Mood Fabrics last year in New York. Check out it out:
I’ve never worked with neoprene before but I found it quite easy to work with. Plus, it feels really good on my skin. It has a lot of stretch so it’s perfect for a sort of body con look.
Since my fabric has so much stretch I omitted the back zippers. I can pull both garments on and off without any closures. Since I was not working with zippers or closures, this whole outfit came together rather quickly.
The pattern instructs you to have seams running down both the front and back. However, since I was working with a print and omitting the zippers, I decided to cut almost everything on fold. That way I did not interrupt the pattern or have to deal with tedious pattern matching. I wish I had cut the bodice back on the fold, too, but that was before I realized I could omit the zipper. Hopefully my lack of pattern matching on the bodice is not too distracting. I did not want to make a whole new top. Sometimes you just gotta say to hell with it and just roll with it.
The star feature of this pattern is the front skirt vent. All in all I think this is a really fun summer look and it feels like me. I’m really looking forward to wearing this out the next time I go dancing or have a fun night planned. It was also fun to try out an indie pattern. If you try out any Named Patterns, bear in mind that the pattern does not include seam allowance and the instructions left a little something to be desired. I would not recommend to new sewers. Although I love my new outfit, the extra effort of having to trace seam allowance around all of my pattern pieces was enough to turn me off. Does anyone have any insight on why seam allowance is sometimes not included? I probably will not be giving Named Patterns another go for awhile.
I’m crossing my fingers that this look was enough to win me a prize this week over at the monthly stitch! There were over 30 entries this week, so the competition is steep! Good luck to everyone else who entered.