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The Erica Dress

Hi everyone!! I am back again with another sewing project that I just had to share. It is the Erica Dress, a collaborative pattern by the amazing Erica Bunker and Eryn of Style Sew Me.

First let me start with sizing and fit. Often times with patterns, you can not choose your size based on the envelope, it’s usually not correct to size (I speak more on this in this YouTube video. However, I cut this pattern based on the size suggestions that was based on my measurements, and I was so pleased that the fit was perfect. The only alteration that I had to make was to shorten the length of the dress. I am 5’3″ so I often have to cut atleast 3 inches, unless it is a petite pattern.

Next, let’s talk about the pattern instructions. If you are a beginner, the instructions are very easy to follow. There is even suggestions of notions to use to create a more well made garment that will stand the test of time. This means a lot because nowadays, pattern companies assume that you already know certain techniques, and no longer give tips nor suggestions on to help build your skills as a sewer. I was speaking to a sewist friend a while back, and we were discussing how pattern companies used to put more information on their pattern instructions. This pattern surely did that, which is so refreshing.

I have had this beautiful floral stretch panne velour fabric from Jo-Anns (could not find it online to give you a direct link) since before this pattern came out, however, once I saw this pattern, I knew it and this velvet were a match made in heaven. The colors in this fabric really put me in a good mood, not to mention, the velvety feel of the fabric made me want to sleep in the dress.

By the way, did I mention the the split on each side of the dress, and the opening in the back? ❀❀ I will definitely be making this dress over and over again. I will even hack it during the warmer months, to make it a useful pattern in any season.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog you guys. I am so thankful that I can build my own wardrobe while sharing my journey with you all. Happy Thanksgiving you all. I hope that you enjoy it to the fullest, however you celebrate.

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