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The DR308 Cami Slip Dress by Kommatia Patterns

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Today I am so happy to share with you another pattern testing project that I have been working on with Kommatia Patterns. Today is launch day, and you can find the pattern available to purchase in PDF format here.. It is available in sizes XS – XL.

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It’s the DR308 – Cami Slip Dress and it is a knee length Summer dress with a cocoon silhouette. It calls for a silky draping fabric such as crepe, challis or silk, and it also has adjustable straps which need bra rings and sliders.

The pattern is rated as an intermediate project, and this may be because the recommended fabrics are slippery and can be tricky to handle. A slim, sharp Microtex needle is suggested to help sew this type of fabric. My fabric choice is a viscose challis from Stuart’s Fabrics on Leicester Market, it’s really pretty and has a Liberty feel to it I think!

I have sewn Kommatia patterns before and find their instructions to be thorough and easy to understand. This is a quick pattern to sew and only needs 1.25m or 1.5yds of fabric. Kommatia are a Canadian company so instructions are in English and French. The step by step written instructions are also backed up by drawings of each stage which I found really helpful.

The back of the dress is where it’s all happening! Slim shoulder straps are adjusted by using bra rings and sliders. This is the first time I have used these and love them! Apart from being entirely practical in that you can achieve the perfect strap length, I think they give such a professional finish to the dress. The narrow width of the straps are a little fiddly to turn ‘right side out’, but I have a ‘loop turner’ which definitely made this job quicker. If you don’t own a loop turner Kommatia have helpful written instructions to guide you through this stage using a needle and thread!

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The back of the dress also has a horizontal strap running across the top of a v-back which is practical and pretty. It also has a slit at the centre back hem for ease of movement. Cute.

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The dress that I am showing you is my final pattern testing version. Although there have been a couple of ‘tweaks’ made to the pattern since I made this, I feel they are so small that you can still get a great idea of what the pattern is from this version. I will definitely be making another, so of course will share with you when I do.

I should mention that it comes together really quickly, an easy dress to make in a day.

I look forward to more pattern testing with Kommatia in the future, and when I do – you will be sure to hear about it!

You might also wish to take a look over at my fellow pattern testers Instagram accounts. They are SaschaAdeline and Christine.

If you would like to read about my last Kommatia pattern testing project which is a super  v-neck jersey top, you can click here.

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Kommatia Patterns T003 Jersey Top Sewing Pattern Review

 

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A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be accepted by Kommatia Patterns as a pattern tester for this gorgeous simple jersey v-neck top. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and can’t wait to share this with you today.

This pattern is a very comfy relaxed t-shirt, with a v-neck, breast pocket and turn up sleeves. It is available on PDF from Kommatia Patterns and I will link you to it here if you would like to take a look.

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One of the good things about this pattern is that it only uses 1 metre of fabric! How great is that?

This is the first time that I have sewn a Kommatia Pattern. The instructions and pattern layouts are clear and easy to follow (and available in both English and French), and the actual pattern only uses 12 sheets of A4 paper so is easy on your printing supplies too!

The pattern markings are clear and thorough, and enables you to follow all stages of the make with no problems. It is fairly quick to make – I cut the fabric in the evening and the following day made this up in approx 3 hours. I made a straight Medium size and it fitted perfectly, no need for any alterations.

Something that I did come across when I was pattern testing was the fact that with the rolled up sleeves feature, you will see the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric. I had chosen a lovely jersey with a gorgeous print but of course it was plain on the wrong side, so this of course showed in the rolled up sleeve. You could choose to make this a feature of your make of course, or in the case of today’s pictures, choose a fabric which looks the same on the right and wrong side. Head over to my Instagram account if you would like to see my patterned version.

Your jersey has to have a slight stretch to it, and I picked up this pretty grey at the local market for £2! What a bargain!

Features on this top to take care with are the pocket, the sleeves and the neckline.

The pocket is perfectly placed in my  opinion and just requires a little care with the stitching, but I like the challenge of a bit of topstitching.

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The sleeves fit like a dream, and the turn ups are secured by using bar-tacks on your machine – such fun!

The neckline is slightly more tricky, but just requires you to take your time. Follow the instructions to a tee and you will be fine.

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The hemline has a flattering curve, and I finished it using my ball point double needle. Oh yes, don’t forget that for this project you will be using ball point pins, needles and the stretch stitch on your machine.

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Overall a really good staple for your wardrobe. I love this top a great deal more than I thought I would. I didn’t think I would love the v-neck as I think a low round neck suits me better, but I have seriously changed my mind with this little item!

Big thanks to Kommatia Patterns for such a great experience and for producing such an excellent pattern.

Do let me know if you have tried this pattern or if you plan to. Do you love sewing with jersey as much as I do?

Thanks for reading, take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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