I'm so excited to announce that I've collaborated with Eryn of Style Sew Me to bring you my first pattern design, the eponymous named -- The 'Erica' Pattern.
I've been tossing around the idea of releasing a pattern for a while. But I'd been having problems getting off the ground, because you simply don't know what you don't know. I've always known that I didn't want to be the one to try and draft, grade and digitize a pattern and those things would always be outsourced. But finding the right persons to do that was my challenge. I've always felt if you want to know how to grow apples, then talk to someone that has grown apples for several seasons and knows the ups and downs of apple growing. That's why I reached out to Eryn for advice. We talked back and forth for a while and I kept parking the idea. The last time we had a conversation about this, Eryn suggested that we just collaborate on something together so that I could learn the process from the ground up. That made perfect sense because I had a design and she has a system.
So, born out of that collaboration is The 'Erica' Pattern. Y'all know I love an open-back style!
I wanted to create something that is cool weather appropriated, but fun.
The dress is a turtleneck, midi dress with a "bra-friendly" open-back cutout with a side slit and an of-the-moment puffed sleeve that mimics the classic leg-o-mutton sleeve.
My fabric is a medium weight Ponte de Roma Double Knit (75% Polyester/21% Rayon/4% Spandex) with 30% stretch across the grain.
It's important to have a fabric with good stretch so you'll be able to get your head through the turtleneck opening. And you want a fabric with good recovery so that your dress doesn't bag out.
You can find The 'Erica' Pattern here.
And of course there is a sew-along video!