I told you I was down a gathering rabbit hole with my latest projects. First the Aims blouse, now bringing the volume and gathers and ruffle drama today with this project!
Tauko Magazine reached out to me and offered me one of the patterns from their latest issue, issue #5. They provided me a digital copy of the Ramona Noon Dress pattern, designed by Sadie Egan of Spaghetti Western Sewing, for free in exchange for a review.
I used the PDF pattern, which was not the most user friendly. While both A4 and A0 patterns were provided, it didn't seem to have layers to turn off the unneeded sizes, and there was no print list to indicate which pages to print for the A4 version, so I ended up printing out many pages I didn't need since I was planning to make the blouse version and not the dress.
For fabric, I chose a linen rayon blend (I think!) from my stash with navy and white threads. It's super drapey, which is what I wanted for all of the gathers on the Ramona pattern. It worked out well!
I'm glad I chose a fabric that looks good on both sides since I find the wrong side of the fabric shows at the neck ruffle.
The Ramona pattern, like all Tauko patterns, goes up to a 57.5 inch bust and 60.6 inch hip. I chose a size 6 (of 9 sizes) according to my bust measurement and according to the instructions, which suggest 16 inches of ease at the bust.
I think this size was the right choice- it's voluminous as intended! The sleeves are closer to full length on me, not the 3/4 length as described in the pattern.
I struggled mightily with the instructions for the neck ruffle/elastic casing. I couldn't understand the unusual construction method (pre-folding seam allowances and overlapping the pieces) at all, so I decided to use my own method.
My method: I sewed the neck ruffle and yoke together, wrong sides facing, with a 3/4 inch seam allowance. I finished the seam allowance together and pressed it towards the yoke. Then I topstitched the seam allowance down to the yoke to form the casing through which I fed the 1/2 inch elastic.
I changed up the order of operations for sewing the raglan seams, side seams and yoke, too, just based on my personal preference.
I wasn't totally sure about the style for me, but I think I am into it. In this fabric, it's giving clown with seasonal depression. Or maybe stylish member of modest cult-adjacent religious organization. In a good way! It's comfy, fun, and dramatic.
The Ramona is cute with jeans, but I need to play around with other pairings. It works well with my corduroy Florence pants, and maybe it could look nice with a pencil skirt, too?