Versalette in Stripes
I have been wanting a Versalette for several years now but they never had a fabric that I would like in my wardrobe. When I saw this pattern, I knew it would be on my must sew list.
I found this a very simple pattern and easy to follow. The challenging part for me was finding my fabric. That stretch with my desire for a good weight and mostly cotton made it a challenge. Did I mention that I wanted to go with a classic stripe, too, for my first run? This fabric is from L'oiseau Fabrics if you are wondering. I had no issues sewing the pattern and used the 3 stitch zigzag stitch as suggested. If you work with the stripe, make certain to think through the placement so that the front and back align. Don't forget that the sleeves also need to align. I skipped the pockets but if you do them, they also need to align. For the drawstrings, I did not sew together the side ones as they were sew together later with the garment. The top and bottom ones I sewed together after turning them because they are hidden. It made turning them easier. I used the drinking straw method to turn them and it worked great.
Originally, I thought to use this mostly for travel but once I finished it and starting trying it on, it won me over for a more frequent use. I actually went back and added two ties inside the Versalette at the waist point in the photo. I could have just done a belt instead but by adding the ties inside, I can tie them together when I wear it as a tunic and get a bit of shaping without feeling trapped by a belt.
Tip: When you are wearing it and adjusting it to get it to lay just right, safety pin the ties that aren't in use together. Why? Because if they pull back into the garment, it is easy to pull them back out. Plus if you are really good, you can leave the safety pins in and hide the ties inside the garment.