I have just completed a red linen Pia Dress from Tessuti to take on holiday to Thailand. I wanted a cool breezy dress for the hot tropical weather. The dress is pull on, has extended shoulders and exaggerated pockets. The skirt is flared and has a bit of twirling going on. Took me longer to tape the pattern pieces together then to sew. I think I have worked out a method for taping together downloadable patterns. I try to concentrate on the pattern piece eg.the back rather then the huge pattern sheet. By doing this I do not seem to be ‘out ‘ as much and don’t waste time sticking together blank pages or pattern pieces that I don’t need.
A strange thing about this pattern was use of both imperial and metric measurements. The amount of fabric was in metres while the seam allowance was in inches. I remember the massive change to the metric system in Australia, I think I was about 15 at the time, which was about forty years ago. Some things never change.
I was trying on the dress and sat down to enjoy a coffee and guess who arrived?