Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Christmas dress


This is my last vintage pledge make of 2014 and number 4 of the original 5 I pledged.

Fittingly, the pattern came from Marie at Stitch Odyssey as she added it to the vintage pattern pyramid before it came to me. I fell in love with the gorgeous asymmetric neckline as soon as I saw it and snapped it up as my pick from the parcel.

Why can't I flip this to landscape?  Grrr Blogger!


I bought this John Kaldor fabric from the sale at Sew Essential a while ago and had it earmarked for this dress as soon as I nabbed the pattern. It was marked as a french crepe. It washes fine and pressed reasonably well with a medium iron.  It's lovely to wear and barely creases.



The pattern was for a 40" bust and I thought I was going to have a bit of work to make it fit, but it was actually pretty good from the start. I lengthened the bodice and skirt by 2" each and lowered the bust darts by 1.5". Other than lowering the darts, the main adjustment was a square shoulder adjustment. I took it in at the sides once it was constructed which meant a bit of tinkering with skirt pleats to get them even. I'm never keen on that just above the elbow length of sleeve so I shortened by about 1.5" to make it easier to wear with a cardigan.

As usual I didn't quite think how the drape of the fabric would affect the neckline and the piece at the side. It meant this piece was a bit floppy and didn't quite sit properly. I fused an additional piece of interfacing to the facing and the bodice front which fixed the problem.

Closer shot of the neckline (with bonus derp-face)

I didn't add the bow at the neck in the end. I may make it and attach it with a pin - in my experience these details don't do well in the washing machine so making it removable seems sensible.

I used Hug Snug to make a waist stay and also machine sewed it around the skirt and sleeve hems before catch stitching by hand.  This was really time consuming on such a full skirt but it gives a lovely finish.

28 comments:

  1. Lovely fit, good job! Have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Thanks - and happy new year to you too!

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  2. It's so yummy. I like it without the bow, makes it less twee and more modern. I'm totally going to try and copy that neckline.

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    1. Thanks Katie! Want to borrow it amd trace?

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  3. This is really lovely Jo. Happy New Year to you.

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  4. So very pretty! I really like the fabric and the neckline is so interesting! I think a bow would get lost in the print but the idea of a removable one sounds like a good option and would give you a chance to decide if you liked it.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Brooke. I love it without so may just leave it!

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  5. It's lovely! The fabric goes perfectly with the pattern. Have a great new year!

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    1. Thanks Elaine! The fabric and pattern were meant to be! Happy new year to you too.

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  6. The colours are so pretty on you! What a lovely dress. I've done a similar thing in the past with a bow on a safety pin and that worked well.

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  7. This is lovely. The fabric is beautiful and perfect for the dress. I love the neckline detail, and think adding a removable bow would be perfect. I have a RTW top with a bow and it's a pain to iron - also gives me a humpback under cardigans!!! Anyway, your dress is pretty. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Helen. I can tell I will use the neckline detail on other makes in future as it's just a bit different!

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  8. This is gorgeous! What a great fit, and the fabric is lovely.

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    1. Thanks Lynne. I'm really pleased with it!

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  9. Really pretty! What a hem though! I've never gone to that much effort, looks great!

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    1. Thanks nessa. I quite often handsew hems on plain or smooth fabrics. It gives such a good finish (and I love the look of the hem tape)

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  10. Great dress, do us big pics in 2015, I love your work and want to see them big!! Jo x

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    1. Thanks so much jo! I will try bigger pics. Sometimes they overlap the sidebar so I need to experiment a bit!

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  11. Oh my! Gorgeous dress and fabric! Wow!

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  12. That fabric 💗💗💗 and the neckline detail is so glam.

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    1. thanks maeve. i am definitely going to make another version!

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  13. Beautiful dress! I adore the fabric (I have 2m of it in my stash waiting patiently for the right pattern) and it looks wonderful on you. Nice finish on the hem too.

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    1. thanks claire - i hope you find the perfect pattern for yours as it';s really lovely stuff!

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  14. This is a lovely dress! The fabric is fantastic.

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