Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress by Girl Charlee
A while back, I got to test the first ever Girl Charlee sewing pattern, the Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress! It took me a while to write about it, with trying to sell the house and all. But here it is!
It can be made with knit or woven fabric. The neckline and sleeves are finished with elastic thread shirring and a rolled hem.
Shirring can be a little tricky on a Brother sewing machine. I have some tips and links about halfway through this post: Primrose Dress | Shirring With a Brother.
I made the dress version in woven fabric, size 4. I was super happy with the fun print I recieved, courtesy of Girl Charlee.
The new peach skin fabric is light and drapey without being sheer or delicate. It’s not fuzzy like a peach at all! Maybe a smooth nectarine? This stuff is perfect for lightweight dresses and sews up like a dream.
(I had a little fabric left and made a pair of cute sleep shorts. I won’t show them on the blog because I’m growing out my leg hair for extra warmth this winter.)
Unrelated but sort of not: I found an article about buying knit fabric online. In the past, I’ve ordered fabric that didn’t work for the project I had in mind. It’s frustrating! This post has good tips about what to look for. Understanding fabric weight, stretch percentage, and fiber content is the key to not buying crappy knits online. Read: Different Types of Knits EXPLAINED at It’s Always Autumn.