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Everyday Elegance (UPDATE) by Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates, sewingKaty McKinleyComment

After a few more website issues than we'd anticipated, we are happy to announce that we are officially re-releasing the Everyday Elegance, which is one of the earlier Patterns for Pirates designs out there.  AND, it's the first official release for our "Summer of Wovens"!!

The Everyday Elegance is a fantastic beginner's pattern, especially when you're just getting into woven, non-stretch fabrics.  It's meant for fabrics that have drape to them, so keep your quilting cottons for another project...because you want this to have flow.  And it's a super forgiving silhouette, so you can pair it with skinnies or use the optional belt and pull it into your waist for a little more of an accentuate waistline.

The update includes drafting it out to our full size ranges (XXS - 3PlusX), as well as adding a ton of new features!  There are now three sleeve lengths, two hems with the dress and tunic lengths, two options for neck finishes, and an optional belt.  It also has a back yoke with a pleated back bodice that makes for some sweet little details.

Not going to lie, before I made these I thought I'd hate it without a belt on me.  But I actually really like it.  The EE is different than any top I have in my closet and it feels a little "dressier" and I've worn it to the office a bunch already.

This is yet another case of Judy being right and me being wrong.  Happens all the time.

With the update to the pattern, Judy added a short sleeved version.  I love it.  The little gathering at the cap of the sleeve is super sweet.  And I love the vneck opening.  No fussing with buttons or closures.  It's pretty quick and easy to put together!

The original version of the EE was in a tunic length only.  After some heckling from her Pirate Crew, Judy lengthened the hem to a dress length as well.  I love curved hems on dresses now!  After the Favorite Tee, it's just such a fun little, super simple feature.

My dress is made from a woven crepe fabric.  Which is seriously so bright, cheerful and very "me".  I was actually afraid I would drown in this print but I'm glad I chose to make it.  It's so freaking fun!  This fabric was a little on the heavier side and didn't have quite as much drape as my top that I'd first made, so I do prefer this cutie with the belt around it.

I totally cheated and used the length in the pattern for the belt, but subbed it out for some lace trim.  It works, right?

If you're new to apparel wovens, Judy did a live video in our Facebook group HERE where she explained a ton of woven fabrics and gave visuals of what we are talking about when we talk about drape.  

And now for some links!!

Pattern: Everyday Elegance by Patterns for Pirates
Fabric: "Belle" from Sincerely Rylee | "Floral Bouquet Menagerie" from Sew Vagabond