Joanne in Fire and Flood

One of my favorite things about sewing is being able to pair the unexpected. I recently made the Sinclair (affiliate link) Joanne dress with this amazing Esther Fallon Lau-designed Fire and Flood print currently on pre-order from The Fabric Snob. I love how the more casual feel of this print pairs so lovely with the more formal lines of the pattern. You won’t ever find pleats and fire and flood in RTW!

The Pattern: Joanne from Sinclair

The Sinclair Joanne comes with a multitude of options but the base pattern is a fitted faux wrapped bodice with a-line skirt.

There are options around the hem length (including a peplum!) and sleeve options (including this fun flounce in the illustration)

One of the things Sinclair is known for is the different heights in each pattern. This means less adjusting overall. I find I fit in between the Petite and Regular somewhere so I normally take just the teeniest bit of length out of the bodice and kind of play it by ear with the skirt. I ended up taking about an inch off the skirt hem and I love the result.

The dress itself came together very quickly. I really love the dot method Sinclair uses for the bodice pleats. Even if you’ve never sewn pleats before, you can do this!

The Fabric: Fire & Flood from The Fabric Snob

I used the EFL print in bamboo (95% Bamboo Rayon/ 5% Spandex Jersey Knit). This fabric is dreamy in its drape, super soft, and breathes! I live for natural fibers but sometimes cotton can feel too stiff and heavy. Bamboo is the perfect alternative and it has much better recovery and a longer life than just a plain jane rayon spandex.

It was so easy to work with and feels like wearing PJs! Seriously lush. Even better yet: $5 from each metre pre-ordered will go to the Australian fire relief effort to aid in the rehab and rebuilding efforts following the devastating bush fires. 


It has been warmer here so I decided to just pair the dress with booties for the picture. With the silhouette of this pattern, this print is now work appropriate. I can even envision cooler days including a black blazer and black tights and black booties. I’m super excited to have this breathable dress to take me through all the unexpected seasons and the crazy fluctuations of the office temperature!

This post contains an affiliate link for the dress pattern. I received the pattern in exchange for sewing it up and sharing my thoughts on the pattern. As a member of The Fabric Snob strike team, I received this fabric in exchange for sewing it up and sharing it on social media.

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