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{True Bias} Roscoe volume II

Happy new year! I haven't done a lot of sewing in 2021 yet but I do have something to share today. I don't usually blog about repeat garments but I made some changes to this one and I wanted to leave a written, searchable record of them for my own convenience really. I made the True Bias Roscoe again. In another dreamy Atelier Brunette fabric but this time it was this stunning double gauze. I got mine from Fabricate  but unfortunately they don't have anymore of it in stock in this colourway. They do have the deep green , which is almost as nice. 😁 I really love this red, I must say. It's a bugger to capture in photos but it's a gorgeous, rich, deep red. It would actually be an excellent Christmas dress as it happens. Anyway, the sizing is exactly as before - check the blog post here for the rundown. Now on to what I changed: first, the neck opening. On my original one, the opening is a bit too low for me to wear it undone. For this version I shortened it by an in
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{True Bias} Nikko Top

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{True Bias} Roscoe Dress

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like a different person compared to who I was pre-lockdown. This year has changed me in many ways. I have learned a lot about myself and about what I actually cannot cope without - my hairdresser and the internet if you're curious. Another thing I've noticed is a shift in the sorts of shapes towards which I now gravitate when it comes to my sewing. I want all the loose clothing, please and thank you. I suspect getting older and giving less of a shit about everything has a massive part to play in this as well, but let's take a look at this particular dress for a minute... This is the  True Bias Roscoe dress  and it's been around for some time. Had I ever paid attention to it until now? Not really. Have I ever thought about wearing a boho style dress before? Not at all. Do I bloody love it more than anything now that I have actually sewn one? ABSO-FREAKIN'-LUTELY! I mean, how could I not? It's super loose, mega comfy and i