I knew it wouldn’t be too long until I dived back into the Kew pattern. I’d had the Kew dress on my ‘to sew’ list for so long and finally made Version 1 which I love (click here to read my review). The gathered sleeves are just dreamy and I love the feminine, vintage-inspired silhouette.
Earlier this year, I visited one of my favourite French cities, Bordeaux and stumbled across a little fabric shop which had 1.5m left of a double gauze by Rico Design. This piece of fabric has been nestled in my stash for a few months now and an adapted version of the Kew dress seemed like the perfect use for it. The fabric is lovely and soft and features a colourful, splashed paint effect.
I decided to adapt version 1 of the Kew dress to make my top using all the pattern pieces for the bodice which would then sit atop a gathered hem. I cut a size 8 for the bust and sleeves and then graded this to a size 10 at the waist.
To make the peplum hem, I cut out a long strip of fabric so it would finish just above my hips and added eight inches to the length. Had I had a little more fabric, I would have extended the length slightly to achieve more gathers. To make the gathers, I stitched two rows of the stitches running the full length of the fabric piece. I then pulled gently on the threads to create the gathers before stitching this RST to the main bodice.
When I made the Kew dress, I had a bit of trouble stitching the buttonholes and unfortunately this top was no exception. For some reason unknown to me my machine wouldn’t feed through the fabric when I was stitching the buttonholes so I was ending up with big clumps of thread and stretched out evenings with my trusty thread picker. It had managed to stitch a couple of holes but to avoid ripped fabric I hand-stitched the rest.
Overall, I am really pleased with this one. I love the shape, the fabric and know that I will be wearing this a lot during the summer.
Have you tried any pattern hacks recently?