I have two new garments to share with you today: an Alder dress-turned-tunic and faux-leather Ooh La Leggings!
Let’s start with the leggings. I made these using Papercut Pattern’s Ooh La Leggings and they were a quick, fun sew. I wanted them to be high-waisted, so I did not use the fold-over method to make the waistband as directed, but instead added both 1″ to the top of the leggings and a waistband to accommodate 2″ wide elastic. I really liked the clever construction of these leggings – I really love the center front and back seams, and they came together really quickly. I had found the stretch faux-leather at a discount fabric store in Cambridge and scooped up three yards. It’s actually really comfortable to wear – it feels like a scuba knit on the inside so it’s very soft and not sweaty. Since I had so much of the fabric I actually made a second pair of these leggings using the same material, but without the top-stitching. I had top-stitched the seams of the first pair, which I really liked the look of, but sadly it limited the life of the leggings as it perforated the coating on the fabric and it was already starting to pull away at the time these photos were taken.
These leggings are a bolder look for me, but I have gotten so many unsolicited compliments on them that I feel more and more comfortable wearing them and they are now a regular part of my wardrobe rotation.
The Alder dress-turned-tunic is a shorter version of the Grainline Studio dress pattern – I made view A without pockets and shortened the hem 2″. I used a semi-sheer white cotton with jaquard-esque embossed opaque ovals (it’s formally called Sweet Lady Jane by Robert Kaufman). I used 3/8″ shell buttons – and immediately after finishing the tunic and trying it on I realized I could have /should have skipped the bottom two buttonholes/buttons. This was a rather quick sew as well since I had already made the pattern and I left off the pockets. I have noticed some pull lines around the bust in these photos so I think I will go up a size when making this pattern in the future (and you can bet there will be more of these dresses in my future!).
I have been wearing these items together a lot – it’s been a good go-to outfit for me when I can’t decide what to wear – I know the pieces look good together and I feel good in it. I have also been wearing the tunic and leggings with other pieces a lot as well – I am very pleased with these two additions to my wardrobe.
2 yds White Cotton
10 – 3/8″ Shell Buttons
1 1/4 yd stretch faux leather
3/4 yd 2″ wide elastic