for summer 16/17 lara suggested a bright patterned viscose that darn cheap recently posted on its instagram feed. i loved the summery colours and thought the drape would be great for hot weather. i was originally going to make a vintage butterick sun dress pattern from my stash but before i had a chance to cut out the fabric grainline released the farrow pattern and i quickly changed my mind.
the grainline website says farrow features an elegant A-line shape with flattering diagonal seaming concealing inseam pockets, and a jewel neckline. there are 2 versions, sleeveless and bracelet length sleeves. i made up the sleeveless version and think the pattern is fantastic. the drafting of the diagonal seams is perfect and certainly in my opinion very flattering avoiding a straight out tent dress.
i made a size 4 in the shoulders, neck and armscye and size 0 for the reminder as i thought the size 0 looked to have enough width and swing. i like the snug fit around the shoulders and bust, but when i am making the long sleeve version i will size up to 6 for the upper part and size 2 for the remainder.
the hidden in seam pockets are a fantastic design feature and very handy. i hadn't made anything with similar pockets before and so i got a bit stumped on the illustration for step 5. instead of using the diagram i just worked out what i needed to do with the fabric pieces to form the pockets. this made me realise that the diagram for step 5 is the top part of the diagram from step 4. i'm probably the only one who would get lost here, but i just thought i'd mention it here in case any one else gets confused.
there is no zip, but instead a key hole opening at the back neckline. the instructions suggest using a hook and eye for the closure, after turning my sewing notion stash upside down i couldn't find my hook and eyes. to finish the dress i used a vintage button from Mr F's late grandmothers stash and some hat elastic to form the loop closure. the high low hemline is another great design feature.
the pattern pieces all went together perfectly, making this an easy and pretty quick make. there will definitely be many more farrows in my wardrobe. i think it would be great in many fabrics - chambray, linen, and jersey would all be fantastic. i also have some kate spade silk twill in the stash that would be great too. as grainline is promoting, this dress is perfect for both casual and more formal fabrics.
here's some close up pics of the design lines:
just a word about yardage, the pattern suggested 2 and a half yards (2.3m) of 54" wide fabric for size 4. i only bought 1.5m of the fabric, as at the time i had my vintage butterick pattern in mind. i wasn't sure if i would be able to get the farrow out of 1.5m, but it turned out to be perfect for size 4/0. the photo below shows how i laid out the main pieces.
looking forward to checking out lara's make, i know from her instagram sneak peak that its a jacket - am keen to see which one as i need a couple of jackets in my wardrobe...
* Lara and I started the DCF Seasonal Challenge a year or two ago – we buy a couple of metres of the same fabric from Darn Cheap Fabrics each season, and each make a garment. We then reveal it on our blogs on the same day. It’s just a fun thing that we started when we realised how often we buy and sew the same fabrics (often from Darn Cheap).