For me, a wardrobe essential is a piece of clothing that is comfortable and easy to wear. When choosing my pattern for this post I went for the Shoreline as it comes with so many options to add to my everyday wardrobe, including 3 sleeve lengths and both top and dress options.
Pattern sizing/ alterations:
The pattern comes in a wide range of sizes (XXS to XL). I cut a XXS at the top, grading to XS below the waist for a more flared skirt and ended up having to take the seams in a bit more towards the bust and upper arm areas. (This was mainly because my knit is quite stretchy and I wanted a more fitted look in these areas.)
My only alteration to the pattern was in the sleeve length. I measured the sleeves so they would fall just above my elbows and made a 3cm hem, which I turned back on itself and tacked in place to form a fake ‘turn back’ style cuff. I would be constantly rolling up long sleeves so this style suits my everyday wardrobe very well.
You can use either woven or knit fabrics for the Shoreline. My main fabric is a fairly lightweight stripe cotton jersey and I opted to fully line the dress with a super soft viscose jersey, both purchased in store at my local fabric shop. I used 1.5 meters of main fabric and 1 meter of lining for my size. As you can see in my 'inside-out' photo below, the lining sits really nicely inside the dress and gives a nice clean neckline finish. I finished the armholes on my overlocker.
I sewed my Shoreline dress using my regular sewing machine’s zig-zag stitch (stitch length 2.5mm and width 0.5mm), and then finished all the seams on my overlocker. This is my usual approach to sewing with knit fabrics and I have never had a problem with seams popping. If for any reason the zig zag stitching line did pop, there would be a backup of the overlocked seam. You could just as easily sew this using a regular machine and not finish the edges, especially if sewn with a knit which doesn’t fray.
In summary: I love my dress!!! The full lining not only makes it really comfortable (I opted for a softer viscose jersey for the lining for extra added comfort), but it also allows me to wear the dress in all seasons +/- tights. I have already planned more Shorelines including a dress version with in seam pockets and some ¾ sleeve tops. It would be a great pattern for colour blocking too, or even making the top version with a lace overlay. The possibilities are endless!
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