A Feathery Fabric Roscoe


This is my second Roscoe (pattern by True Bias) - the first was the blouse version, seen here. I knew I eventually wanted to sew the dress or tunic version, and was just waiting for the right fabric inspiration. Then I got an email about a remnants sale at Blackbird Fabrics and saw this gorgeous feathery poly crepe de chine...I jumped on it and instantly paired it with a Roscoe mini dress in my mind.


Now that I'm pregnant, I've bought a handful of maternity patterns from the Big 4 (will do a roundup post after I've sewn them all). But I've also been looking for patterns that work from my existing stash... so either loose, flowy tops and dresses (like the Roscoe), or anything made for fabrics with a good amount of stretch. 

For this Roscoe, I cut a size 6 and, like last time, played around with the side seams to better suit my proportions (mainly this means bringing in the side seams at the bust). I also reduced the sleeves by four inches, finished them with a rolled hem rather than gathered with a cuff.  This decision was mainly based on the fact that I had limited fabric, but I really like the end result, and it works well for summertime. 

For all the hems, I tried out my new Bernina rolled hem foot. I read a few blog posts and videos, and practiced on a few scraps first to get the hang of it. A lot of tutorials suggested using interfacing or a scrap of tissue paper under the fabric to help get the rolled hem started. I found it was going okay without this so didn't bother with this part. I loooove this foot and this finish. It feels so professional! It also works out because as the baby bump grows, this dress gets shorter and shorter, so I'm glad I was able to use minimal fabric for the hem. 

I am so happy with how this dress turned out. It's so chic and dreamy and (most importantly!) comfortable! I often wear it with a belt, but think it's pretty cute without the belt too.