Flower Power Philippa

Well it’s a while since I’ve managed to make something for a monthly challenge, but I managed this one and even followed Miss Bossy’s rules! Wonders will never cease!

I know I’m late posting on here, but life and the fact it’s now dark early here in NZ means taking photos is more difficult, but honest guv’nor and Miss Bossy, I did finish this in April…

This is actually the new Muse pattern from one of our esteemed editors, Kat. The pattern is called Philippa and is described as “a pattern with many looks. A fitted style with three neckline options, cap sleeve or sleeveless choices, and two skirt lengths allows you to create styles suitable for anywhere. A sharp dress for the boardroom, a 1960’s mod-inspired garment, a casual skirt for weekends, or a cute top to throw on with skinny jeans for a dinner out.”

I decided to go with a collared version with cap sleeves. The pattern just calls out for contrast side pieces, so I used a cotton sateen for the centre and sleeves and then used a black ponte knit for the side pieces and the collar. I’ve never combined a knit and a sateen together and it works! Thereby fulfilling Miss Bossy’s rule – ha, you think you can frighten me Miss Bossy?

I cut a 40 B-cup and graded down to a 38 at the waist and hips. This is based purely on my measurements and the finished pattern measurements. The cap sleeves are a double layer which means the seams are all enclosed. The armholes are bound with bias binding. The collar too is really easy to attach and the facing means that it all sits flat and tidy.

The centre back has an invisible zip, which went in like a dream. I’m really happy with that. I did think while putting the zip in, if I didn’t have the collar, this dress would look really cool with an exposed zip.

Another one/recommendations:  I definitely recommend this one. There are so many options, a dress, a blouse, or a skirt. Oh and it’s got pockets – did you hear me, it’s got pockets!! I’m tempted to try the blouse version and use an exposed zip… I’ve got it in my head now 🙂

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