Peachskin Roscoe Dress
Hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and are raring to go with your 2020 sewing plans. I initially requested a gorgeous sparkly fabric for my next make hoping to have it completed for New Year however when I placed my order it had sold out! Anyway back to the drawing board I went and chose this beautifully soft peach skin. It’s always so difficult to choose from the extensive choice of fabrics as I have something in mind for them all! I had an idea that I would make the Vogue 9253 in this when I initially ordered it however when it arrived the print was much smaller than I had anticipated. For some reason I had it in my head that the flowers were a bit bigger than they actually were! The fabric is not an actual navy blue but is more of a grey/navy and doesn’t seem quite as harsh as a true navy. Its so difficult to get a true picture of the colour but I hope you are able to see from the picture below.
Once I’d pre washed the fabric, which I have to say, washed perfectly and needed minimal ironing, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. My trusty Roscoe Dress by True Bias. This is the 4th one now that I’ve made and I already know it won’t be the last. It is however the only one in this version I have made. The others have been the shorter version, one of them being made in voile as a loose beach cover up. Just goes to show how versatile a pattern can be eh? Just look at the neat V on this peach skin version! I think this might be the best I’ve done – well they say practice makes perfect don’t they lol!
The peach skin is super soft and easy to sew. It was quite a shifty little fellow when it came to cutting out with the scissors so I found myself reaching for the rotary cutter. I have to say it had less jagged edges on the fabric and was cut a bit more accurate once I switched to the rotary cutter too. I used a Sharps 70 needle to sew together the seams to ensure that there was no puncture holes in the fabric and I have to say it worked a treat. No dodgy little pulls running up the fabric. It did fray quite a bit though whilst handling however I overlocked all seams and this stopped any fraying. If you don’t have an overlocker you could always use a French seam which would work just as well.
I made sure to press every seam as I went along after overlocking to ensure a nice crisp finish. I did as always use the clapper to press out the seams. The Roscoe is a loose fitting flowing dress and is perfect for summery days or even for layering in the winter with tights and boots. I have to admit though I can’t get used to this style on me without adding a belt. I managed to get the belt out of the scraps left over using a pattern piece from another dress and I think it works quite well. I have been wearing mine all through the winter months and they’re perfect. Maybe next time I might even lengthen it a tad more to make it nearer to a maxi length too, maybe with a short sleeve. It is a fairly quick make too, I made this in an afternoon but made sure to leave the hem overnight to hang for the fabric to relax. I don’t know
about you but I always feel raglan style patterns come together so much quicker. This is the first time I’ve used peach skin but will definitely be on the lookout for more as it feels quite luxurious both to the touch and to wear.
Hope you like what I’ve made with it and I’d love to hear what you’d make with this fabric too.
All that’s left is for me to wish you all a Happy 2020 and thank you for reading!