When the weather begins to shift, Carpe Diem’s are as easy as a vest (last week’s feature) to pull out of the closet and get dressed for the day. When Carrie and I gathered with our magnificent marketing colleague recently, we were all wearing Carpe Diem looks, so we decided to take a photo and share it with you.
Three Different Looks
Amanda has on a dress length sheath, or jumper, made with the sleeveless version of the Carpe Diem pattern. It is fashioned from many scraps of light weight denim sashed together in the front and back. If you subscribe to Classic Sewing Magazine, you have the directions already as it was in the Fall 2023 edition. This terrific wardrobe builder can be worn with a shirt underneath as a jumper or as a sheath dress with a cardigan for the chill in the morning and evening air.
Carrie is wearing a light handwoven version with sleeves and a little slit in the neck. Read about it in the blog Notched Front Carpe Diem or in your Threads Magazine from spring 2023 featuring 4 fun variations of the Carpe Diem.
I am wearing an embellished chambray Carpe Diem that is easily dressed up or down. You can read more about its decoration in the post Collage and Paint before you Sew.
What has struck me as I have worn this top to several events is how fabulously the neckline sits on my body. This is not to be taken for granted as I have made tunics or blouses in the past that gape in the neckline.
Fit the Pattern for Personal Look
The Common Fitting Adjustments and the Videos that go with the written instructions have step by step instructions for pinning out the excess fabric in a neckline and moving it into the dart. Even a tiny bit of excess can look and feel awkward, so follow these instructions to correct the issue on your pattern. That way, each new Carpe Diem you make can fit securely in the neckline.
So Many Fabric Choices to Sew Successfully
Great Carpe Diem fabrics for fall are darkly colored rayons, cotton lawn, quilting cotton, lightweight twills, linens and challis. Find one in your stash to stitch into a fun blouse or tunic but make a mock-up first to be sure the neckline fits perfectly before cutting your precious fabric. If you live where spring is coming, choose similar fabrics but perhaps in lighter colors.
Be Inspired by Our Samples
Visit the Photo Gallery or search the Blog for more Carpe Diem inspiration. Pick up your Carpe Diem pattern with a 15% discount this week only using coupon code CarpeDiemNow. It is available in paper or as a digital file. Choose the pattern format that makes your stitching projects fun and easy.
Happy Sewing, RAE