Fabric: Mammoth Flannel by Robert Kauffman, purchased from Etsy.
Size: 40, blended to 42 at the waist
Notes: I was initially not sure what to make of the cottagecore trend. Admittedly, I do love ruffles and silly collars, but I did experience a twinge of “Am I too old for all this?” But you know what? Wear what makes you happy. Those rules are all silly. And this dress? Makes me happy to wear!
I’ve seen a few others make lovely flannel dresses online this year so I decided to give it a try. I’ve been diagnosed with Reynaud’s Syndrome which leads to me being excessively cold most of the time, so I really need to focus on covering myself in warm things during the winter! I made my Ilford jacket out of Robert Kauffman’s Durango flannel, the heavyweight version of this fabric, so I already knew how nice it was. It doesn’t pill, and I don’t think it shrinks as badly as cheap flannel either. This is the small version of the buffalo plaid. The checks are around 3/4 inches.
The pattern was a joy, although the directions were the usual Burda nonsense. The collar is attached and the seam is covered in bias tape – a good method, but strips are cut rather too narrow. I would make them wider so it’s easier to cover the seam allowance.
This is mostly view A, but I did cut the ruffle from view B at half the length (folded it in half longways before cutting.) I’m very happy with how it came out!
Happy 2022 to you all! I’m sorry that I’ve not always been amazing at posting my favorite makes on here, but I have been sewing!
I am so glad that I started sewing again in 2021, even though at first it seemed that I had forgotten everything I knew before. It was humbling to start again, and invigorating to see all the new sewists who have taken up the craft! It eventually came back, and I’m looking forward to a productive new year of sewing. I’d like to sew a real blazer, and maybe explore pants making a bit more. And of course I’m going to end up making lots and lots of dresses, since that’s mostly what I wear!
One of my resolutions was to do a better job of keeping up this space, so look for more content here, and hopefully a move to self-host this blog in the future.
Over Christmas break, my wonderful boyfriend got me started on a YouTube channel about sewing. Since I don’t actually have anyone to talk to in my real life about crafting, I’m looking forward to using that space to give updates. I’d also like to do a few sew-a-longs, as that’s something that has helped me tremendously from other channels!
If you’d like to see my top garments from last year, please take a look at this video:
I hope you enjoy listening to me go on about my favorite things!
I’ll be back in this space soon with some new pattern reviews – I just made a killer Burda pattern that I can’t wait to talk about! In the meantime, here is a preview of how it turned out: