Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a scientist by day, and a maker of all things by night. Over the years, I've explored leather-working, furniture making, electronics, pottery, press-printing, and of course dressmaking. I enjoy this handmade wonderland that is life with my husband, and drink a lot of coffee
What In the Folds size do you wear? Size B
Which pattern did you use?: Acton dress, Peppermint peplum top, Peppermint jumpsuit
What type of fabric did you make the garment/s from?
Acton Dress - View A: silk chiffon from an old kimono
Acton Dress - View B: linen
Flynn Jacket: cotton twill
Peppermint Peplum Top: cotton double gauze
Peppermint Jumpsuit: organic cotton chambray
What alterations (if any) did you make to the pattern/s? Generally I need to take in the bust section under the armpits.
If you made this pattern/s again, would you do anything differently?
Acton Dress, view A: I may have overfitted the bodice a bit
Acton Dress, view B: no, this dress is perfect and I love it. It's my favourite thing ever
Flynn Jacket: go down a size?
Peppermint Peplum Top: go down a size
Peppermint Jumpsuit: reduce crotch length
What would be your top tip for other makers using this pattern/s? Look at the final garment measurements and, if "excessive ease" is not your jam, go down a size. Making a toile of the bodice in the Acton dress really paid off as I was able to really shape the pieces to fit my unique body.
I'd love to hear about a happy memory from when you made or wore this garment or garments! Especially with my Acton Dresses, people have stopped me in the street to ask me where I got the dress (and this is in Japan, where even eye contact is generally avoided). I love all my In the Folds makes, especially since most of them were made with recycled fabrics.
What do you love most about In the Folds patterns?I love the interesting style lines which give interest to seemingly easy silhouettes. Also, the pattern instructions are always stellar and are really ideal for beginners, as they hold your hand and teach you skills. I think the illustrations and typography are particularly great.
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