Come on over Valerie

The change in season brought about a strong need for some cosy clothes, and how convenient that Greenstyle Creations just released their Valerie Dress - or in my case, tunic. 

The Valerie 'dress' is a simple tee-dress with a hood - just right for hiding under on rainy grey days. 

I did initially make the dress length version however there was not much chance of me actually wearing it as a dress in colder weather, and also, it was just a fraction too short on me (5ft7") to be wearable as one anyway. 

My lounge wear involves leggings so the tunic length was ideal for butt-coverage and practical wearing. 

I went for a size H -I (I like that the sizes are not numbers, the chart made a lot of sense).


My first version was a trial run in some pink leopard ponte fabric from eBay. It's quite thin so did a nice drapey job of becoming a Valerie. Turned out to be very much wearable!

It sews up really really fast on the overlocker. The back has a centre seam which gives some shaping to it, good for my sway back. The sleeves fit in well and the hood just wraps around the neckline meeting in the middle. The hood was a bit of a squeeze to get on but, it does. 

 I then dug out some fabric I had been stashing for a rainy day and quite literally that occurred. I bought this beautifully soft fleece back jersey from Lamazi Fabrics last year as a remnant and managed to fit this pattern right on there!

(No prizes for guessing why I bought this particular remnant....)

Art Gallery Fabric - Hawaiian Honu Dusk

On this version I added some eyelets and a drawstring for the hood just for a bit of added interest. 

Lovely and warm!

Leggings 'Apostrophe Patterns - My Fit'

On another note, in addition to our lovely Triple Tortoise crew we have a new family member. Meet Bagel the Cat! (Tortoiseshell by pure coincidence! Rescued from our local RSPCA shelter).

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