At the end of each year, I like to make a little plan for what I might want to make in the upcoming year. I love planning and list making, and I find this has been a fun way to motivate myself! The first couple of years that I did this, I did the classic “Make Nine” plan, and I found that after some time I would find my style or wardrobe needs changing in a way that made the ideas I’d first had not applicable, or I’d find that rather than searching within the things I already had, I’d use a pattern choice on my Make Nine list as an excuse to buy more fabric!
Does it feel like I start every blog post with some comment on how delayed the garment, or the post, or both are? Well, same story today on multiple levels! Let’s start at the beginning of this (nearly) perfect wedding guest dress!
I can hardly believe this is my very first Hallon Dress. I have been oohing and aahing over this dress on social media for SO long, but without a clear plan I didn’t want to purchase the pattern and just let it sit idly in my downloads folder. At the end of 2021, I had the pleasure of testing the Smultron Dress, and Sanna ever so kindly offered me a copy of the Hallon Dress in return once testing completed. I obviously eagerly accepted, and when I began planning out my monthly stash-busting makes I knew one would need to be a Hallon.
Issue 19 of FibreMood Magazine came out last week!! I had the chance to sew one of the patterns ahead of time again, and this time I chose the Vanya. This is a really cool pattern – I was very drawn to the dress option, but I am constantly recognizing a need for tops in my closet so was very excited that this one came with a top option included! The overall idea of this pattern is a figure accentuating, princess-seamed pattern with a squared off neckline and BIG poofy sleeves. The dress option features a side zip and a great side slit. The top has a zipper that is inserted to separate fully at the hem, which I really like.