Good morning, everyone! Spring is finally here to stay (or at least I hope it is!). When I chose my fabric for this make, I was pretty sure, that it was still going to be freezing and possibly snowing, which is why I wanted to make the Athina Kakou Abi Jumpsuit…However, the beautiful houndstooth Ponte Fabric arrived, I decided that it was a lot of print for a jumpsuit! Also, I was really worried about matching up the print on the wrap bodice and the trousers and the waist and the back…you get the idea.

And before I started tearing out my hair, Athina Kakou went and released her brand new dress pattern, the Suzy Dress. “Now that’s an effortless pattern I can get behind”, I thought to myself. The dress, a simple sheath style dress with a mock wrap skirt, waist tie and a choice of a boat neck or scoop neckline is really quick and easy to make up. It looks really stylish in a plain color and fun in a print – and it definitely falls in the secret pajama category!

I went with the boat neck neckline, which I prefer to the scoop neck and cut out a straight size 12. Assembling the top was a real breeze. As the ponte is quite stable I didn’t bother with sewing clear elastic or ribbon into the shoulders. I did however use my serger to sew up the bodice and just to give you a heads up, you might have to adjust the tension, as the fabric is quite thick. The neckband went in on the first try, which I always love! There is nothing worse than unpicking a serged neckline… it is the worst!

I then assembled the skirt and then realized, that I had forgotten to match the print, my first reaction was : nobody will notice, however it was such an eyesore, as it was right in the front, where the skirt wraps over the main skirt, that I decided to unpick the serged seams. (Insert crying emoji here!) I’m glad I did, it looks a gazillion times better. The pattern has you sew elastic into the waistband to gather the skirt and bodice, I used my sewing machine and a narrow zigzag stitch for this and had no issues. If you’re doing this for the first time, I recommend taking you time and going slow. The waist tie will cover the gathering, which I think is a really clever.

The only adjustment I made to this dress, was the neckline. The ponte, as mentioned is quite stable, and the neckband kind of stuck out at the sides and no amount of steam made it lie flat. I decided to fold the neckline inside the dress and topstitch it in place, and think it looks just as good. I think if I make another version of this dress, I’d draft a facing for a clean finish.

I really enjoyed making this dress, I think I needed about 2 hours to cut and sew the dress and I wore the dress to the office on Monday where I received lots of compliments. I’d really like to make one in navy or maybe black! It’s such a chic pattern, that makes getting dressed in the morning super easy. Wishing you all a great weekend! xB