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New Rooibos version done

I've taken a few days off this week and got around to finishing a new version of Colette's Rooibos. I really wanted an autumn/winter dress that could be worn with jumpers and similarly thicker clothing.

The major problem here was that my initial version of Rooibos actually was just wide enough to wear during summer (even so, I suspect that if I get my weight down to 52kgs it will look ages better on me!). I tried wearing it with a jumper while I was in New York but it made a bunch of lines in the midriff area. I can't wait to get the Colette Sewing book to figure out exactly what went wrong - initially I suspected that there wasn't enough width but I wore the new version yesterday and it made similar lines - only fewer - even though it does not feel tight at all. Perhaps it's something else, maybe I didn't properly clip curves? Or a combination of some sort.

In any case, I eyeballed a size 2 for the bodice sides (I cut the pattern bodice in a size 0) - and left it at 0 underneath. Funnily enough it does not look horrible! The only issue that I see is that the darts at the back aren't flat - the ones in the original version were. It's a bit unfortunate, but hey, it is still quite wearable.

I also used a smaller seam allowance when sewing. My sewing machine doesn't have the 5/8 marker (!!!) so I just used the smallest next available (1/2?ish?). All in all, a good effort but for another summer version I would definitely go back to size 0 and just sew the smaller seam allowance.

The other "stupid" thing I did was not to interface the facing. It looks weird and it's way too thin. Lesson learnt. I don't know what I was thinking really. I should have used a medium interfacing too, since the facing is very flow-y batiste and the main fabric is quite a heavy wool.

I was going to take pretty pictures yesterday but I got home late, and was cold and my feet were wet (London weather!) so I didn't have it in me to take the camera out. I have to leave you for now with the poor quality pictures I took on my phone yesterday. I promise another "proper" post soon though.

Looking at the second picture, the skirt looks a bit too wide right now. Perhaps I should fix it in a future version?


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