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Say hello to Aestiva!

News, SewingCoralie Grillet

Summer’s here! And with it, warmer and longer days, sipping drinks while enjoying the sunshine and let's not forget it’s the season for celebrations!

Speaking of which, are you planning on attending a wedding during the summer? Maybe, you’ve already dived into your wardrobe but couldn’t find the perfect outfit that will make you shine for this special event. No worries, we have just the solution for you! Imagine pairing any of your basic dresses with a beautiful and strikingly elegant statement piece you’ve sewn yourself. How amazing would that feel! This will instantly put you into the style goddess category, it’s that powerful!

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Our new pattern is definitely this perfect piece you’ve been looking for. Aestiva is a trendy sleeveless vest perfect as a stylish layer for the warmer weather we are enjoying at the moment.

Whether you’re looking to instantly elevate any outfit or you just want an extra layer to put on later in the evening, Aestiva is here for you. Available in two different versions, the possibilities are endless. 

The first version is a short sleeveless vest fastening in front with hidden snaps located on the waistband. It’s designed to be worn just above the waistline, elegantly underlining your waist and figure. Nice finishing touches include a classic mandarin collar, as well as fancy piping framing your neckline and waist. 

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This vest is truly versatile as it can be worn effortlessly on top of a tank top to brighten any outfit. Or for colder summer nights, it paires just as well with a long sleeve top or to add interest to a simple little black dress.

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The second version is much longer and more of a statement piece to wear either every day or for more special occasions. Its flattering length makes for a very dramatic silhouette, with its clean lines and pockets elegantly highlighted with piping.

Features for this variant are a beautiful wide round neckline, a front fastening using a belt and very roomy pockets which make for a effortlessly stylish, yet casual look.

Both version use gathers to shape the waist and have the interior looking as good as the exterior thanks to beautiful finishing touch using facings and lining. Bonus point, the lining is also a great opportunity to easily and truly personnalise your make by choosing an interesting fabric for the interior.

Whether long or short, they are both designed to be worn open in front. In addition to be an interesting design element, it also acts like a optical effect on the silhouette making you look instantly taller and slimmer. This unusual opening also is a great help when adjusting the garment as it offers a little wriggle room to play with when fitting.

Even though it looks like a very tailored garment, if you exclude interfacing and adding stay tape to a few critical seams, there isn’t heavy tailoring techniques involved when sewing Aestiva. Which makes it the perfect beginners pattern to try your hand at more bespoke looks.

With its elegant style, Aestiva is definitely a great addition to your wardrobe. Whatever version you choose to make, we know it’ll be a garment you’ll reach for time and time again.