The lovely Chai dress from Itch to Stitch

Dansk version længere nede (scroll down for Danish version)

There is a new pattern from the talented Itch to stitch just out. The Chai Shirt and Dress is a “classic fit-and-flare style that flatters everyone”.
The flattering part is really true. During the testing I have seen this dress sewn up for a lot of different sizes and a lot of different bust sizes, and it looks really great on all sizes. Part of that is because Kennis makes the pattern with cup-sizes from A-DD. No need to make any FBA or SBA.
Also the dress is supposed to be fitted at the waist, and that looks great on most people.

The pattern comes with the option for a sleeveless dress or a gathered short sleeve. The Chai is designed with a narrow shoulder line, which gives you a petit appearance even if you, as me, have broad shoulders. The gathering on the sleeves cover the shoulder, if you choose that option. I usually have to adjust for my broad shoulders, but I didn’t have to on the Chai. The final dress I made sleeveless, but my muslin had shoulders (see last picture with pins instead of buttons and all).

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Chai is meant to be sewn in light-weight woven fabric, such as Shirting, cotton, lightweight denim, rayon twill and crepe. I made my muslin in a light cotton and the final dress in a black woven rayon with a little polyester.
My next Chai will be made with a lovely rayon crepe from Atelier Brunette from Metermeter.

This is my second time testing for Kennis at Itch to Stitch and I really love her patterns. They are very thoroughly constructed and everything fits together so well. I love her sense of detail and her choice of methodes.
Kennis´instructions are very clear and precise and illustrated very well.

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Choosing buttons is a bit difficult, I think. It is so important for the overall appearance of the dress/skirt and most times you have to decide only from the fabric when you buy it at the store or from what you have in your stash at home. Ideally you would sew the garment, bring it to the store and then decide which buttons to choose. Well who has that kind of time?
This time I was lucky; I found some vintage buttons from my moms old stash that went nicely with the dress. I just love how they came, sewn onto cardboard one by one.
I always find it tedious to sew on buttons by hand, especially since it is usually the last thing you do when sewing a garment. The awesome test group gave me the courage to sew buttons on with my sewing machine. Wow, what a difference. Will be doing that from now on.

Go get your pattern now; it is on sale for the next short period of time.

Chai Shirt and Dress

Der er netop kommet et nyt mønster fra super dygtige Itch to Stitch. Chai Shirt and Dress er en klassisk skjortekjole med vidde der klæder alle.
Og den klæder virkelig de fleste. I løbet af testen har jeg set den syet op i mange størrelser med mange forskellige bust-størrelser og den er super fin til alle. Det skyldes nok delvist, at Kennis laver sine mønstre med forskellige cup størrelser. Man skal altså måde vælge sin størrelse og sin cup størrelse. Ingen grund til at skulle lave FBA eller SBA.

Kjolen/skjorten er lavet til at sidde til i taljen og det giver en god silhouette til de fleste.

Kjolen/skjorten giver mulighed for enten at lave den uden ærme eller med et kort rynket ærme. Chai er designed med smal skulderbredde og får en til at se mere petit ud, også selvom man, som jeg, har brede skulder. Jeg skal normalt lave en tilretning for brede skuldre, men det er ikke nødvendigt her; rynkerne på ærmet dækker fint. Se evt sidste billede som er min prøvekjole (med nåle istedet for knapper und alles).

Chai er designed til at blive syet op i let fast stof, f.eks skjortestof, let bomuld, fast viscose i twill eller crepe eller måske silke. Jeg lavede min prøvekjole i let bomuld og den endelige version i viscose med lidt polyester.
Den næste skal laves i en super lækker viscose crepe fra Atelier Brunette fra Metermeter.

Det er anden gang jeg tester for Kennis fra Itch to Stitch og jeg er vild med hendes mønstre. De er meget gennemførte og alle dele passer perfekt sammen. Hun bruger nogle fine detaljer og gode teknikker.
Vejledningen er udførlig og alle trin er illustreret meget fint.
Jeg lærer noget hver gang😊.

At vælge knapper er ikke altid helt let, men meget vigtigt for det endelige udtryk. For det meste vælger man mens man står i butikken med et stykke stof i hånden eller udfra hvad man har på lageret hjemme. Ideelt set skulle man sy tøjet, tag det med i forretningen og så vælge der udfra, men hvem har tid til det?
Jeg var heldig denne gang; jeg fandt nogle gamle knapper fra min mors gamle lager som passede godt. Synes det er så fint, at de er syet på et fint stykke karton enkeltvis.
Jeg synes det er meget langsommeligt at sy knapper på i hånden, især når der er så mange, men gennem testgruppen fik jeg mod nok til at prøve at sy knapper i på symaskinen. WOW, hvorfor har jeg ikke gjort det før. Det er super nemt.

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