As I announced in yesterday’s post, I have four new patterns coming out very soon exclusively with Sew News Magazine, as part of their new Sew With Me series! Today I am going to introduce you to the first pattern, the Josie Sundress.
When Sew News originally approached me, they asked for four types of garments, one being a sundress. Unlike other items, the term “sundress” leaves a lot of room for my own interpretation, so I was able to really design what kind of sundress I wanted.
I started with the bust darts. I have a vintage garment with these amazing darts and knew that they were going to be the perfect jumping point for the sundress. The darts start at the center from a seam that goes from the bottom of the bodice to about three-quarters up the center front. There are two darts on each side of the center front with the apex pointing at the bust.
From there, I knew that I wanted it to have an empire waist so the bodice would fit snug and the rest would flare out from there, with a nod to 1960’s mod style. There are two darts up the back for fitting, and an invisible zipper up the center back to close it all up.
The neckline has a square front and back, and the armholes are simple curved openings. The bodice is fully lined so all the openings are finished with the lining and not with bindings or facings.
For the skirt, I wanted to keep with the mod feeling and gave it a large pleat in the center front, which lines up perfectly with the center seam on the bodice. There is one pleat on either side of the center front, and two pleats on each back panel of the skirt. And because everything’s better with pockets, there are in-seam pockets in the side seams.
The name Josie Sundress comes from the other, and seemingly dead opposite, inspiration for the dress–Joséphine, the first wife of Napoleon I. Now this might seem like the furthest thing from a 1960’s mod-inspired sundress, but the empire seam and square neckline were totally Joséphine-inspired. When it came time to name the patterns, I knew I wanted to riff off her name, and Josie felt like a fun and youthful take on the name Joséphine, and so it stuck!
When I give my illustrator visual cues to use for the cover art, I have a very specific image in my head. I saw this sewn up in white linen, with a large sunhat, on the streets of Paris. You’re chic, elegant, sophisticated, but come on, it’s hot! This is what you wear in that scenario. So my amazing illustrator Hollye gave my cover lady the greatest sunhat to top off the look.
Of course, when I sewed it up in fun Cotton + Steel prints for the shoot, it looked equally wonderful, so no need to limit yourself to my original vision. I hope you love it! And though I know many of us are heading deep into winter, consider it for a holiday party, or layered with a cardigan and tights. Or, get your spring sewing ready early!
Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to the next pattern in the line up–the Departure Shift!