Handmade Jane’s post today about cold weather sewing was my push to blog up my most recent winter sew: it’s a super comfy Gerperga dress.
The pattern is a free one from my favorite site Papavero (you have to create an account, then you get hundreds of free patterns all standard sizes). The fabric is a cotton / polyester ponte roma, the first ponte roma I’ve ever seen for sale in Szolnok actually. I debated between colors (there was a pretty paprika orange) and went with predictable-but-wearable navy.
Based on the pattern pictures, there looked like there would be some extra fabric around the tummy, which on me seemed like a flattering camouflage. There ended up being a LOT of fabric pooling, so I took a 2″ wedge out of the center front, and I could have taken even more.
I also added a couple of inches at the hem, and added patch pockets (which I might remove; they don’t really suit the dress). I like it, although if I made it again I would draft the neckline about 2 inches closer to my neck – the neck is a bit wide to be practical on a winter dress. Although a scarf solves that problem!
Edited to add: the twist at the front is one of those things that looks complex but is easy once you’ve seen it. The pattern pieces are well-labeled as to what is the arm hole, neckline, side, middle, etc. Putting it together looks like this: