Hi Everyone. My name is Manju and I blog over at Sewmanju. I have been blogging for just over 6 years now, and there is not much I haven’t sewn in that time, both in terms of garment and fabric type.
I was honoured when Aga asked if I would be interested in selecting something from her new online store, and I ended up selecting the charcoal viscose ponte roma. We are fast heading in to autumn and I thought it would be a nice neutral colour to add to my wardrobe. Whilst I do love the occasional splash of colour in my wardrobe, and some prints, I personally find that having some basic solid colour clothes definitely helps me to get dressed quicker in the morning and look pulled together.
This ponte roma is seriously great quality. Probably the nicest ponte roma I have worked with. It has serious weight to it with the perfect amount of two way stretch. It will sew up into comfortable trousers, blazers, dresses, skirts and tops.
I prewashed my fabric on a hot 60 degree wash with no issues. It cut, sewed and pressed beautifully. I used a size 80 Schmetz universal needle in both my machine and in my overlocker, and used a standard straight stitch to sew, which is what I normally use when sewing ponte roma. My press cloth and clapper were useful to ensure seams stayed open and flat.
The pattern I chose to make was the Pauline Alice Aldaia dress, which is a pattern I have worked with before, although not in ponte roma. I went for a mish-mash of the different views to create a sheath dress with rounded neckline, pencil skirt and below elbow length sleeves. You can get the full details of what alterations I made to the pattern over on my blog. This is the perfect dress to feel cosy but stylish on a cold morning. Just add tights and boots and you’re good to go!
To add a bit of interest, and in keeping with some of the style elements on the high street right now, I added a Gucci-inspired side stripe to either side of the dress, by sewing two different colours and widths of grosgrain ribbon together to create a trim. Simple but effective.
Working with great quality fabric like this is always a pleasure. I am so tempted to try another view of this pattern in a different colour now! Quality fabrics like this always help to elevate your sewing and help you feel good about yourself