So actually this is a refashion AND an FO in one. I found the ombre dyed sarong in a charity shop for 50p and immediately thought of the Roxanne pattern (from Victory patterns) that was sat in my sewing queue…
I had to make a few adjustments. The thrifted sarong didn’t afford me as much fabric as I needed for a completely faithful version of this pattern. The fun triple pleat collar became a more simple and classic single collar. Which I like. The deep folds eminating from the back yoke became much much shallower AND I had to remove some of the flare to fit the pattern pieces onto the fabric I had. Whilst Ideally I could have done with a bit more fullness across the back pleats, it juuuuuust about works. (Just!). Of course this pattern also sports my personal fave, the asymmetric hem….
Without the alterations this pattern has ALOT of volume. So think drape, drape, and more drape when selecting a fabric for this make. Also of note, I am a D cup and from the side this is borderline “bust shelf” territory for me. I love the neckline detail in this pattern in particular and whilst I was initially disappointed I couldn’t squeeze out the pieces for a triple pleat collar, I actually rather like the simplicity of how this turned out. This comes together really easily, and apart from the collar is very beginner friendly. Attaching the collar had me scratching my head to begin with. It’s a slightly different technique to standard collar insertion. But actually VERY clever and makes for a super neat finish inside and out. Nicely drafted with some clever little finishing and construction techniques across both versions…I LIKE!
Oh and guess what? If you like the look of Roxanne, (This is how she should look) then read on….
The lovely Kristiann, (founder of Victory patterns, my first ever sponsor and all round gorgeous gal) is offering one of you the chance to win your own copy of Roxanne + one other pattern of your choice from their range! Shazam! Simply hop on over to Victory Patterns and have a mooch; then leave a comment below stating which of their patterns floats your boat the most. Simples!
The giveaway is open worldwide and closes midnight GMT on Sunday 18th August with the winner announced on Monday 19th August 🙂
Have a great weekend!