Paper Cranes

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I made lapels! I’ve tried to before, but I’ve never been entirely happy with the way they came out. This time I am. I was worried about the soft double gauze fabric, but with a bit of interfacing and top stitching, they came out just fine. Maybe a jacket is next.

I love this fabric. It is so soft and cozy, and the houndstooth-esque pattern is actually paper cranes (click for larger photos if you can’t see them). I had a long conversation with my sister in the fabric store about what to make out of it. The dress I settled on has lapels, a pleated skirt, long sleeves with cuffs, and closes in front with hammer in snaps to the waist and hidden sew in snaps down the skirt. I had some minor fitting problems – there are gussets hidden in the armpit, because I’m bad at drafting sleeves – but on the whole, I’m really pleased with this dress.

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