One of my goals for Christmas was to tackle an item on my ever growing sewing list. After busting out a muslin test dress two weeks ago, I knew it would be Colette’s new Phoebe. Between opening presents, making a mound of Cinnamon Bun-Bites, visiting with family and taking a nap, the Phoebe was completed.
Thanks to the quick muslin dress of weeks past, I was able to alter the pattern to a perfect fit. Started with a size four; modified for a size 6 waist and skirt (I sit at my job 90% of the time and need ample ease) a size 2-4 bodice, trimmed down 1” at each armcycle (fancy word for arm hole). I found them too gappy for my personal taste and bust size.
The dress is a nod to a 60s mod jumper. I loved the button version, but knowing myself, decided to keep it simple on the first make. The dress also features a surprise Hong Kong finish on the interior exposed seams, which were completed with moderate success. Not sure if it’s a misprint on the pattern, but double fold ½” bias tape does not yield 1” bias tape and I had to cut down all the bias tape. The first two sections I cut too narrow, so I had to sew on top, not as professional looking, but still pretty tidy.
There was a bit of a mishap at the zipper, as sewing fatigue and grandpa’s cough medicine were settling in, but regardless, I think it was a fantastic first Phoebe. I also found out how hard it is to unpick stitches from flannel (why was it set so tight on the zipper?? Boo!!), so likely I will never take out the extra line of stitching there, but hardly anyone will notice.
It’s a pretty versatile dress – jumper with sleeves, skirt when paired with a sweater, sleeveless dress with tights and booties….a worthwhile sew!