Wonderful Wanda

Jeg har efterhånden syet en del mønstre fra Wardrobe by Me og jeg er vild med dem alle. Der er kommet endnu et nyt mønster, Wanda, og da jeg fik chance for at teste det, sprang jeg på. Det har jeg bestemt ikke fortrudt.
Wanda er en slå-om-kjole og så alligevel ikke. Den har slå-om overdel, men underdelen er et lukket skørt i 6 paneler.
fullsizeoutput_64bFordelene ved det er mange;
1. Man får den, på langt de fleste kroppe, klædelige slå-om effekt på overdelen.
2. Man får et godt skørt med vidde i og et skønt fald.
3. Man undgår et skørt som overlapper foran og som man risikerer flapper op eller som sidder underligt, fordi man har to stykker stof på forstykket.
4. Den er tilpas lukket i halsen, så man ikke føler barmen risikerer at falde ud, eller man kommer til at vise for meget😉.

As of now, I have sewn several patterns from Wardrobe my Me and I love them all. A new pattern has seen daylight, Wanda, and when given the chance to sew it up, I couldn’t resist. I did not regret it, it is a wonderful pattern.
Wanda is a wrap-dress and then not a really a true wrap-dress. It has a wrap top, but the skirt is a 6 panel-skirt.
This has many advantages;
1. You achieve the, to most women, very flattering wrap effect on the upper body.
2. You get a skirt with great width and a beautiful drape.
3. You avoid an overlapping skirt that sits oddly because of the double layer of fabric in front and you avoid the risk of the skirt opening up and showing your legs.
4. The wrap is pretty stable and dosen´t open up, showing more than you intend😉.

Wanda kommer med fem (5!) ærmelængder fra ærmeløs til helt lange ærmer. Jeg valgte albuelængden, da jeg bedst kan lide et ærme der enten er helt langt, helt kort eller ved albuen og den danske vinter ikke lige er til korte ærmer.
Ærmerne sidder dejligt til og ærmegabet er helt perfekt til mig. Jeg synes ofte at ærmegab i jersey-kjoler er for store, hvilket giver et underligt udseende når man holder armen lidt udfra kroppen. På Wanda er de helt perfekt og ærmet passer til min standard arm.

Wanda comes with five (5) different sleeve lengths from sleeveless to long sleeves. I chose the elbow-length as I prefer my sleeve to be either full length, short or at the elbows. Danish winter does not call for short sleeves so I went with the elbow length.
The sleeve hugs the arm nicely and the armsyce is perfect for me. I often find them to be on the big side, giving the top/dress an odd appearance when you hold out your arm. On Wanda the arm is perfect and fits my standard arm completely.

Jeg har sjældent følt mig så godt tilpas i en kjole, som jeg gør i Wanda. Jeg synes den er mega feminin og behagelig at have på. Den sidder som den skal og jeg skal ikke rette på tøjet eller bekymre mig, når jeg har den på.

I have rarely felt so good in a dress, as I do in Wanda. I find I very feminine and very, very comfortable to wear. It fits like it is supposed to, stay in place and I don´t worry about correcting my dress all the time.

Jeg har syet Wanda i en lækker viskosejersey fra Jydsk Stoflager. Den er meleret og har en smule polyester i. Den er super blød og meget behagelig mod huden.
Når jeg syr noget jeg synes er skønt, får jeg ofte lyst til at sy flere. Det er der nok flere der kender til. Det er dog ikke ret ofte, at jeg rent faktisk gør det. Det kommer jeg nu helt sikkert til med Wanda og jeg har allerede bestilt stof til to mere; én i modal jersey og én i bambus. Det kan kun blive godt.

I have sewn Wanda in a really soft rayon knit from a Danish Retailer. It is melange and has a bit of polyester in it. It is super soft.
When I sew something I really like, I always feel like sewing more of that same pattern. I rarely do, though, because I get sidetracked by new patterns. I am definitely going to make more Wandas, though. I have already ordered fabric for two more; one in modal knit and one in a bamboo knit. It can only end well.

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The fancy Tanner from Designer Stitch

I have tested yet another Designer Stitch Pattern. This time it is a great pair of culottes, called Tanner.
I have been looking for at pattern for culottes for at while and fell for Tanner right away. I have never own a pair of culottes and wasn’t sure they would be good on me, but I must say I´m convinced; everyone can wear culottes. Just have a look at tDesigner Stitch Tanner Sewing pdf pattern testing
he other testers culottes on Designer Stitch FB page.
Culottes can be a lot of styles, but Tanners are meant for fabric with some firmness and no stretch woven. Most of the inspiration photos in the tester group was with culottes in denim. I love denim and I love looking at and sewing topstitching, making denim ideal. I did however come across this gorgeous two colored corduroy and thought it would be just perfect for Tanner.

Putting the culottes together is fairy easy. You might have to do some fitting, I know I did, and you have to concentrate when topstitching. Other that that, it´s a breeze. Directions are clear and with lots of drawings.

I did do some alterations when fitting; turns out I have tilted pelvis, so I had to shave of a wedge from the front and add it to the back. Because of my protruding popo, I also had to shave a bit of the yoke.

DSC_1502The length is straight from the pattern. I am pretty tall, 174cm, and I think I might take of some of the length, showing the boots more. For me boots is the best choice for culottes.

For my second pair of culottes, I chose a wool gabardine with a little polyester it. It gives a totally different look, since it is a much softer fabric with a lot more drape. This look is not what the Tanner is designed for, but I think it works pretty well.

The Tanner also comes with pattern piece and instructions for a tie belt, which I didn’t make. I don´t like to have too much bulk around my wast and the belt wasn’t needed.
The culottes are high waisted and is designed to fit just below your natural waist hanging of your hips, making the culottes very comfortable to wear. It also makes them look good on most people, even people who would not normally wear culottes or pants that cut your lower leg in two, like me.

I have very much love for the Tanner culottes. Get them on sale for the next week or so at Designer Stitch.

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