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Hurrah! The basic long-sleeved t-shirt pattern finally arrived, just in time for the fall. Just clicking through pictures of the creation on the site gets my head swarming with ideas for layering and adding warmth, dressing the paper doll image of myself I keep in my head when shopping and sewing. The layering is what really gets me going! I dream of fall evenings, walking across the Williamsburg bridge with my chai tea in one hand and darling boyfriend in the other.

Of course, I am wearing a long-sleeve t-shirt, perhaps with the Franzi vest, the Janina pants(made in denim- hopefully one of my next side projects), and a bright and colorful shawl made from scraps, cloaking my shoulders and dangling into my hands! Top this with a Steffi jacket made in felted wool, and my vision couldn’t be any sweeter! But I’m dreaming too soon, and since it’s not quite fall yet, I’ll have to hang this dream in the closet for a few more weeks. . . in the mean time however, with the surprisingly warm weather we’re having here, I can still get away with dresses. (Of course, dresses fit into the fall/layering concept, too, but I need boots, and I have yet to find the perfect round toe, flat, gray boots I’ve been craving and I refuse to buy another pair until I do. . .) So, why not alter the basic t-shirt pattern, that fits so snug and perfectly, into a dress, that will also fit so snug and perfectly! With this week’s How To, you can learn how to change the pattern and sew up a dress of your own! And the How To is full of tips which you might find handy when making your own pattern modifications, including adding hem allowance to sleeves, creating neckline facings, and making scrunched v-necks! Try it this weekend, and get excited for Benedikta’s modification in the coming week!

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