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No 8 Svaneke by How to Do Fashion

I don’t think you can ever have enough gingham in your wardrobe! It’s a classic print and so perfect for summertime. I made a No 8 Svaneke by How to Do Fashion out of this brown and white Cotton Gingham Fabric. This fabric comes in so many different colors. It was hard to pick but I liked the idea of a neutral. I also have seen some vintage dresses in a similar color. This sewing pattern has three garment options- a button down collared blouse, a short sleeve top and a 4 or 6 gore gathered skirt. I made the short sleeve blouse and the four gore skirt. I would like to make the button down blouse one day. It’s a very versatile pattern because you can make each one on their own or make them in matching fabrics as a set.

I love matching sets. They look great together but you can also wear them separately. The top and skirt took the same amount of time to make as a dress but I’ll get more use out of them! I can easily pair the top with shorts and the skirt would look lovely with a white blouse. This pattern is made for summer so I knew I wanted to make this set out of a lighter weight cotton. It’s so comfortable to wear in the warm weather in this fabric.

How to do Fashion patterns are very vintage inspired. I decided to use vintage metal zippers I had in my collection on both the top and skirt. I also used some vintage hem tape for the skirt. I have never used hem tape before but I decided to give it a shot. I’ve noticed that all of my vintage dresses always have it. I machine stitched one edge to the bottom of the skirt, pressed up my hem and just hand stitched the other side. I really like how easy it was and how it looks. I will definitely be using it again. Between the fabric, the zippers and the hem tape, these pieces really look like they are from the 1950’s! 

Both of these garments were very easy and fairly quick to sew. I made them over a couple evenings after work.  As far as fit, the skirt is perfect. I have an issue with the top, though. I graded the smallest size of the pattern down but I think I did a little too much. I have some pulling under my arms towards the bust. The top is comfortable to wear but I’ll definitely keep that in mind and make adjustments for next time. 

I’m so happy with this set. I know I will wear these pieces together and separately a lot this summer!

Thank you for reading!

Erin @ Poetic Memory

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