I feel like it’s been a long time since I posted anything, mainly been because I’ve been working on three dresses at once and not necessarily getting anywhere with any of them! But I have now finished another dress I would love to share with you. I’m surprisingly proud of this dress as it’s the first dress I’ve made that was designed entirely by me, by a pattern I made! Anyway, here it is!
It’s super simple but nevertheless I like it
The pattern was made using the pattern block/sloper I talked about in my last post. I changed it slightly from the wearable muslin in my last post by adding a gathered top rather that using darts. I thought this would nicely balance the gathered ruffle at the bottom.
For some reason I was hung up on making it in a mustard yellow colour and couldn’t find a material I liked anywhere. Then I saw this pattered fabric from the Village Haberdashery and thought it would work. For some reason I didn’t think, ‘woah there Katy, you’re already using a pattern you’ve designed, are you sure you want to make things harder by adding a pattered fabric?’. Although, despite my concern when I started to cut it out, the pattern placement actually turned out ok in the end. It even all meets up at the zip at the back, after a little fiddling. I think the print looks a bit 60′s or 70′s when it’s made into a dress, which I kinda like.
The design feature at the back is actually more out of necessity than design, as I didn’t have a long enough zip! So I started the zip just above where my bra would be and then added a hook and eye at the top. I like how it shows a sliver of skin. I was planning to do this on another dress, so now I know it works!
I wanted the inside to look as pretty as possible too so I made facings and lined the dress too. I love this inside shot, as the colours resemble some bed sheets my mum used to have from the 60′s! I think it looks super retro. I’m also proud that the facings lines up. I followed the tips from this quick facing and lining shortcut in threads, as I’d not added facings to a lining before. It was super easy, and I shall be doing things this way from now on!
To be honest it all went together perfectly – which shows how good the directions for making the block are. The only thing I struggled with was down to my own stupidness! Having not really done arm holes before – I seem to have only made strappy dresses, skirts and a shirt so far – I did not realise that I should sew my arm hole BEFORE sewing up the side seams. When I cockily did this afterwards I realised I’d actually sewn my arm holes closed! Then through stubbornness I refused to undo the side seam – did I mention I french seamed everything? It would have taken so much effort to undo them…. Refusing to unpick the side seam meant I had an interesting task of sewing the arm hole together with very little room in which to maneuver. Anyway, I did it! And they look just dandy.
I also found a way to sew both my lining and my dress fabric to the zip at the same time, so I didn’t have to hand sew anything or have any topstiching anywhere. Again, I’m sure I’m the last person to stumble upon this but it made me happy!
Basically, although I don’t think I’ll wear it everyday, I love this dress – and there’s even a bit of material left for a hair band. I’m off to go boogy now. See you soon!