Double Breasted Denim
First things first – did you already see that we have started making sewing tutorial videos? Yes we have, and you can see them here (or here or here)! There are only a few now, but we are slowly working our way through some projects in Breaking the Pattern, and adding videos for general sewing techniques, as well as pattern-specific tutorials using the garments in the book!
We have released five videos for Utu pinafore pattern, and three for Solina by now. You might find them very helpful especially if you’re new to sewing, but also discover some good tips and tricks here and there even if you are an experienced sewist! If you are making – or planning to make – an Utu dress like this here, we can recommend watching at least the lining video, as well as the videos for pattern markings and sewing the double-breasted button-through closure.
Saara is actually the mastermind behind the videos, by both acting in them and editing them, so this time I can’t really take any credit for my new dress. It was mostly Saara who sewed it, I just stood behind the camera and pushed a button. And I really, really love how this Utu turned out, thank you very much Saara!
We used a very lovely denim shirting from Eurokangas, and a FIGO Fabrics rayon for lining (from their Eloise’s Garden collection) – just for a fun, concealed detail. Those cute shiny buttons were in our stash and I can’t remember where, when, or why they were bought in the first place, but they sure suit this garment very well.
My only pattern alterations were shortening the pattern significantly to fit my 160 cm figure, and using a size 36 for the top half and 38 for bottom. I could have done an SBA, but honestly I hardly ever do that, as I like garments that are not too snug, especially at the bust. And zero pattern breaking with this one, how disappointing! The style is straight out the book… But we have some hacked versions of other patterns from our book coming up soon, just wait!
And as I said, I really really REALLY love how this Utu turned out! I think it flatters and contours my body very well, much better than I imagined, making me feel very feminine but still suiting my relaxed style. Also the fabric choices are spot on – the denim makes this dress very light and vernal. I like that the lining has a twist to it, when the visible side of the dress is this simple and casual. And as a cherry on top of the cake, the buttons give this style just a hint of luxury, still being in line with the whole mellow denim-look! I would say that it’s a lovely mixture of casual and sophisticated.
What I also love and only discovered after starting to wear my Utu, is that it’s great worn with jeans as a vest, too! I don’t think I’ve owned a vest since 2005. Neither did I think I’d wear one ever again, or that I’d like wearing one this much (I have only horrible memories from my earlier vest-wearing days, they never suited me that well).
Now I’m planning to make a scrunchie in the leftover lining fabric to match my Utu dress/vest. Just to brush up on my sewing skills after outsourcing almost all of it to my sister, haha!