Green Seamstress Project #1
Hello everyone! I hope you are well, and that you are in the mood for this amazing time that is Christmas and NYE! I’m delighted to write to you today for a sewing article which is my first project for the Green Seamstress project from the fabric brand Les Trouvailles d’Amandine.
During the summer, I was lucky enough to be selected to be part of this project : we were able to choose 4 fabrics in Amandine’s boutique, and the goal is to sew a project of our choice, and to talk to you (as objectively as possible) about the chosen fabric.
For our first project I chose the fabric P’tits carreaux Dark Lagune that I love! I had already had the chance to sew the red one for a Cambie dress, and the blue one for a pregnancy dress, but I love it so much that I wanted to try it again in another color. This means what I have tested this fabric in the past too, and I’ve been wearing it since … 2014!
This fabric is a satin with small black and green squares, and is woven. That is, the inside of the fabric also has tiles (and could possibly even be reversible). I asked 2 meters, if I remember well, to make a dress, and the first thing I like in this fabric is the size of the width: 160cm! Which, in my opinion, partly explains the price per meter (on top of the amazing quality).
It is a fabric thick enough to be able to sew a blouse or a dress, and with a beautiful drape. I love to use it for dresses with gathered skirt because I think that the gathers are always very good on it. Plus, it’s really soft! And finally, it almost doesn’t get wrinkled …! Which is a huge plus in my opinion. Given the very small size of the tiles, I did not make the effort to match the different parts of the dress: and I find that it is not really a big deal. But if you have the time, you can of course do it. I washed my fabric for the first time before sewing and I didn’t feel that it had stretched (but always wash your fabrics before sewing!). My dresses are usually machine washed, on the economic and quick program at 30 degrees and I have never had any problem with this fabric : they are always the same size after washing.
Finally, even if I have worn this dress only about 6 times and therefore washed it only a few times, I can tell you that it stays good after washing for several years. I have been wearing my Cambie dress since 2014 and it is still in a good condition. So I guess this one will be ok as well.
Regarding the pattern, I chose to make the Marina dress from République du Chiffon. This pattern was released in a spring collection a few years ago, and I bought it right away, along with the Rose blouse. I took it out of the closet, thinking that it would be pretty good in this fabric. You know me, I love dresses with this style! But they are not all very practical to wear in my life as a mummy … which means that I don’t always have the courage to sew new ones. However, I realized that this dress was actually perfect! It has a vintage and feminine style, but remains very easy to wear. In short, I think I’ll wear it many times this winter.
I cut it a size 36, which is my usual size with RDC. I found it accessible and well cared for the levels of finishes which is always pleasant. The only comment I have concerns the sleeves that I find very small at the armhole. Some of you told me that it would seem to be a decision of the designer … which is possible but relatively disappointing in my opinion when we see that the rest of the dress is perfectly suited to my morphology.
I wear it with a small cardigan relatively short that I bought in September for a wedding and it is just perfect to wear on top of my dresses with gathered skirts! What a good find!
I wish you a very nice week!