I have had my eye on the Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush since it was first released, having recently purchased some lovely cotton gauze (a fabric I haven’t sewn with before) so I finally relented and sent off for the pattern confident that it would be the perfect pattern/fabric match.
Double gauze naturally crinkles; after prewashing my fabric (yes this is something I always do – I don’t want to risk shrinkage after all my hard work sewing up a garment) I dried it off and then gave it an iron to smooth out some but not all of the crinkles for the look I wanted. I picked up this fabric from my local shop – if you have read my previous blogs you will know my excitement at finally having a fabric shop right on my doorstep.
This was my first time using a Friday Pattern Company pattern; I purchased the paper copy which comes nicely packaged. The pattern comes on tissue paper which isn’t my preference; I always have a real problem folding the sheets back up the same way they arrived. Anyway it was easy enough to trace off with only 7 pattern pieces. The instruction booklet is well written and includes all the information you need with step by step written instructions and clear illustrations.
The body size guide put me at small bust, large waist and meduim hips but from the finished measurements I could see there was plenty of ease so I cut out the small bust and just graded to the medium on the hips and waist.
This is definitely one of those patterns that looks way more complicated than it is – I promise you that this is a really easy enjoyable sew. The front section is made up of a yoke and front body with a ruffle which gets sandwiched in between. The ruffle piece needs to be folded in half length ways and then gathering to make it the same length as the yoke and the front body piece is slightly gathered as well. Once all the pieces measure the same length they are sewn together with the ruffle sandwiched in the middle. The gauze sewed up really well on my sewing machine; it does fray quite a bit so the seams will need finishing off. I used my overlocker to finish off some areas like the ruffle but with a 5/8″ seam allowance I was able to finish off with French Seams so it is pretty on the inside too.
The hardest stage for me was adding the bias binding which finishes the neckline but also becomes the tie at the back. It wasn’t really hard just time consuming. The strip of bias binding needs to be folded in half and pressed before attaching one of the raw edges to the neckline. It then needs to be folded around the raw edge and the fabric I was using didn’t stay folded very well so I ended up working at the ironing board and pressing as I pinned (I actually used wonderclips not pins) to keep it all in place.
The sides are sewn up before adding the sleeves which are inset and gathered around the sleeve head to give a dramatic puffed sleeve; you then add elastic around the sleeve hem to complete the effect – I love how they look.
The top has a huge hem; I was very hesitant at first because I thought the top would end up too short. You turn up a full 10cm (5cm then another 5cm). I tested it out pinned first and then decided I should go for it because the length looked about right. I did question the necessity of such a big hem (fabric waste?) but actually think that it probably gives the hem some weight and helps it sit nicely. This is a pattern I can imagine getting a lot of use out of; more tops are definitely in the pipeline and I also fancy having a go at a dress hack.
Anyway I certainly feel ‘Pretty in Pink’; it isn’t a colour I usually go for but this is what I would describe as a darker dusky pink and I think it suits my skin tone; the fabric also feels really soft so I will be looking for more double gauze to use in the future.