I recently got some time in to do some sewing for me. One of my goals this year is to sew as much of my wardrobe as possible & I've been having so much fun with it!
When Rae released her newest pattern - Josephine I knew I had to make it right away! Luckily I had just gotten my hands on Dear Stella's new line Ludlow that is a lovely cotton shirting! I fell madly for this adorable floral print Rosebuds that I thought would pair nicely with the feminine pleats and style of this tunic! As some of you discussed on instagram...I feel very Anne of Green Gables in this dress and love every bit of it! The puffy sleeves, pleats....need I say more? I looooooove Anne of Green Gables so this dress just makes me happy.
Josephine is filled with options! It's an awesome pattern but the best part - you can make it for your bust size!!! You can choose to make either A/B cup or C/D cup! I swear I did a happy dance Rae! I had to make zero adjustments for my bust! And not for the back either! That is a win win for me!!!! Plus those pleats - so fun to sew!!!! I loved that detail! I decided to make Option A but with the back of Option B (the elastic waist)! See - options! You can mix and match!
I can't wait to make another one with a more flowy fabric so I can try out the wider sleeve with elastic on the cuff! I think the blouse version will be next for me in a lovely solid! Rae's patterns are always clear to follow and easy to sew! I highly recommend Josephine especially for someone looking to hide some of those "parts" they don't want to highlight. This dress skims over the tummy instead of highlighting my problem area! It's a great length so I can show my legs but I also don't feel like my bust is exposed and I like that! It's nice to have a cute tunic that I can wear doing all my daily errands but can still play with the kids in since I don't have cleavage falling out everywhere!
I sewed the size XL for upper portion of the dress and graded out to the XXL for the lower. Now that I've sewed this one up though I would just make the XL for the whole dress next time. I didn't need the excess fabric that I thought I would for the waist/skirt portion. Since I'd like to try one without the elastic casing on the back this would be a must make adjustment for me. Before the elastic casing this tunic was way too big on my hips/back portion. Overall though Josephine will be a repeat sew in my house. I cannot wait to make another one!!!
I paired my Josephine with some cute boots, black leggings and my fave socks! How would you wear Josephine? What fabric are you going to use? Options you're making? Have you made one already? I can't wait to hear!
Tunic: Josephine by Made by Rae
Size Made: XL graded out to XXL
Boots: Payless Shoe Store
P.s. Yes, I know my little size tag says "L". It's for large. I like to label my clothing what size I would wear from a store (ready to wear) instead of my "sewing pattern size". Weird I know but it's how I remember what size I sewed.