A while back I was lucky to test the newest pattern from Made By Rae, Josephine! I had loved her from afar and was happy to make my own version, seen here in black Andover chambray (I got mine here, but it is widely available.)
This pattern comes in a range of six women’s sizes, from XS through XXL, with two bodice pieces included for each size: one has an A/B cup bust dart, and the other has a C/D cup bust dart. How cool is that?? No need for a full (or small) bust adjustment, just pick the one that matches up best with your bra cup size. I wish more designers offered this feature. I often find myself needing (but not always doing) a small bust adjustment.
There are also several different views- tunic or blouse length, sleeveless, a center front slit and side vents, elastic casing in the back for a more fitted look…you’ll just have to go take a look, so many options!Rae has a knack for designing accessible, easy to sew clothes that still look great. They are perfect patterns if you are just starting out sewing for yourself, because the instructions are always very detailed and clear, and they don’t include any really tricky techniques. I like sewing more complicated garments sometimes, but I find that I wear this and another MBR dress (Ruby) a lot- especially during the winter because I like to layer them with sweaters, tights and boots.
I would love to make a sleeveless version in a lightweight fabric for spring, or maybe a plaid version? I have a bit of a plaid hoarding problem so it would be a good way to bust some of the stash 🙂