Want to see what I’ve been working on for the past three months?
The latest Muse pattern – the Melissa dress, blouse and skirt.
I’m pretty excited by it, and really happy with how it’s turned out. It’s got a lot of 1940’s touches running through it, while at the same time I think it’s still quite a modern design.
The starting point for this design was a combination of two things – my current wardrobe needs (i.e. front access ha ha yeah) and the knowledge that I wanted to design a pattern inspired by my lovely friend Mel. Since when I think of Mel’s style, I think a-line dresses and skirts, collars, blouses/shirts, and skirts, it seemed pretty natural to design a shirt dress pattern with blouse and skirt variations, sleek lines, and an a-line shape.
The 1940’s inspiration came in through the use of the v-shaped pockets on the bodice and skirt. Pockets were often used as a design feature in 1940’s garments, and the v-shape also crept in there a lot (possibly V-for-victory?). The double princess seams originating from the shoulder are also a 1940’s design element and let those pockets be constructed in a way that allows for the v-shaped pocket edgings and nice, clean finishes.
I love it when garments have details on the back as well – all too often things only have the interesting design elements on the front, and are boring on the back. So I played around with some ideas, and decided to carry the v features through to the back with the inclusion of a v-shaped inset between the shoulder blades. (The v also comes in a bit with the sleeve cuffs, which rise to a subtle point.)
(Yeah, it was all about the v for this one! 😉 )
When I was shopping for the fabric for the samples for the website photos, I found this gorgeous chocolate brown linen. It seemed like a good idea for this one – a solid colour so the design lines could be seen, but not the notoriously-hard-to-photograph red, black or navy.
And then, despite never being a fan of linen previously (the way it wrinkles as soon as you look at it bugs me!), I kinda fell in love with the fabric. So I made the dress sample in my size, so I could keep it. 😉 (Which meant I also had to model it, but hey. That was a bit weird, I’ll admit! You probably won’t see me doing that very often…!)
So yeah, there’s my latest pattern! 🙂
It got released the other day, and if you’re interested, there’s 15% off until 27 March with the code ‘MELISSA’.
There’s the standard first-week-goes-to-charity thing as well, with 100% of the sale price (less those pesky bank fees) of all sales up until the end of 27 March being donated to the Life Flight air rescue and air ambulance, a charity chosen by the lovely Muse behind this pattern’s design.
And now, I’m gonna go sew something for myself….!
Looks fabulous! I may have to buy it now… Would the sleeve be easily hacked into a long or three quarter length?
Oh yes, very easily done. You can extend the side seams of the sleeve piece to the length you want, narrow the end of the sleeve a bit (depending on how slim you like it) and then you’ll be good to go. 🙂 I can draw you a little diagram on how to do it if you like – send me an email if you’d like me to.
Looks great Kat! I look forward to seeing everyone’s versions of it 🙂
Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing yours (hint hint get those buttons on it girl! 😉 )
Congratulations on the Melissa pattern, it looks very interesting. I love the “V” s and just might have to buy it.
As a soon-to-be mama, I kind of love that you partially designed this around needing front access! This pattern is really fun, and I especially like that it has separates options too–it’ll be much easier to start off learning to fit my post preggo body with one half at a time!
I also designed the dress variation it so it’s easy to fit to a changing post-baby body, as there are no horizontal seams so it’s easy to take in around the waist and hips. 😉
It’s really lovely. Love all those vs! I’m about to cut out my second jenna cardie and may have to add Melissa to my sewing queue!
Aww thank you! 🙂
I love it!! Your designs are so interesting ( and do you have a thing for yokes? Because I love yokes and they so far feature on muse designs!). The way the design carries through from shirt, dress and skirt is really clever. I’m going to buy!!
Haha yeah I am a bit of a fan of yokes and similar details! It’s a large part of why I love 1940’s styles – so much interesting seaming going on! 😉
Thanks Winnie – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
What a fun design! It’s so you!!! Congratulations!
Thanks lady! 🙂 I’m pretty happy with it,and I suspect I’m going to end up with a lot of these in my wardrobe (wearing one of my versions right now in fact, haha!)
Love it – the details are killer!
Thanks Donna! 🙂
This is the best yet! I love it dress skirt on shirt. I’m off to get my copy now!!!!
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