It’s Ms. Jackie. As promised, I am here to report on my second contribution to the Dressing Stella project: the Ophelia Overalls. Let me tell y’all this was a journey! The Ophelias are amazingly cute. They have all the details you might want in an overall, and they look completely different depending on the fabric you choose. I made my wearable toile out of Ankara from my stash and fell in love with them. I made a pair out of linen which you can see being modeled by my lovely friend Antoinette. Then I made this pair for Stella out of a great linen/cotton blend from the shop. Doesn’t she look cute? I love the Ophelias because they have waist shaping provided by the side belts, amazing pockets which are a must, and the full legs help avoid the Humpty Dumpty effect you get from some other overalls. I am in love with this pattern and I can’t wait to teach this class. The Ophelias are best for intermediate sewists since there are some more advanced techniques but don’t worry I’ve made four pairs so I can guide you through all the sticky places. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer.
See you at the shop!
It’s Ms. Jackie. You may have seen me teaching or shopping at Needles and Bolts. You may even have taken a class or two with me. Have you been wondering how we decide what garment classes to teach? Well, it starts with a sample, usually in the teacher’s size. Lately, I’ve been thinking it would be nice if we could make things in a variety of sizes and work out some fit issues on a body other than my own. So, I asked our lovely boss Stella to help me out. And here we are with the first in an occasional series I’m calling Dressing Stella.
I decided to start with the Scout Tee, a piece from our popular capsule wardrobe series. I learned quite a few things in the making of this piece for another body. Stella was not a fan of the fit of the Scout on her, so I switched to one of my tried-and-true patterns, the Cashmerette Montrose. Since Stella and I have similar measurements, I started with a size close to my own. Then the fun began. We hacked the pattern to accommodate Stella’s need for a top that lets her move. She did not like the gathered yoke, so we changed it to a box pleat, and it was hit. Doesn’t she look great? Stella’s favorite version is this white handkerchief linen number. We were so happy with it that we decided to make the Montrose an alternative in the capsule wardrobe class. I plan to make a few of these for myself using some of the beautiful handkerchief linen from the shop.
Next on the cutting table is an adorable pair of Ophelia overalls from Decades of Style. Keep an eye out for the class on those next fall. And stay tuned for Beth’s make for Stella: The Pietra pants.
See you at the shop!