The Isca Dress by Marilla Walker

I’ve made a lot of button up shirts over the years, and the Isca dress by Marilla Walker has always caught my eye because it is a unique twist on a classic design. The princess seam on the front bodice creates a stunning “V” shape and is a great way to emphasize a bold stripe, directional print, or color blocking. There’s also a clever shoulder construction that omits a traditional shoulder seam entirely.

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Charlie Caftan by ClosetCore Patterns

I went on a vacation recently and decided to sew a mini-capsule wardrobe for the trip. I don’t have a lot of summer clothes to begin with, and I wanted to experiment with colors and bolder prints that I don’t have in my wardrobe. A tropical vacation seemed like a good time to try both, and the Charlie Caftan by ClosetCore patterns was by far my favorite make for the trip because I got the fit and fabric choice just right. After a series of misses in my sewing room lately, this project felt really good.

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