Sunday, April 18, 2010

spotty dress

Thanks for the lovely comments on my new spotty dress!
The pattern is Simplicity 2886 (the view in green and white, obviously ;o)), and the fabric is cotton I picked up at Lincraft.



I actually sewed it up a couple of weeks ago now, to wear to my cousin's wedding - the deadline behind the sewing marathon. I managed to get all the sewing done in one evening, except for the hem (finished with (ready made) bias-binding) and the zipper (invisible zipper in the side), which I did the following evening - between coming home from work and heading to the airport!

it was chilly cardigan weather at the wedding, so this is me today after a lovely afternoon with the Brown Owls girls


I have to say, I am really happy with it - I think it turned out better in fit and in finish than anything else I have made.
And, really that should be no surprise, since I was much more careful to do everything just right than I have been in my sewing before:
- I used my upper-bust measurement to select a size and then did a full bust adjustment (yes, it is only mid-April, and here's my first 'big girl's blouse' garment! But I swear I did sew it in March ;o)!!) - I'd like to tell you more about how I did the FBA in another post
- I did a tissue fitting (following Gertie's excellent video tutorial as a guide)
- I cut a bigger size from the hip down, and curved out the difference from the waist
- And not only is there interfacing where the pattern calls for interfacing, but I also lined the bodice as recommended! =)


I am always really interested to see where people have taken inspiration for the garments or outfits they have sewn - for me in this case I think it came from this outfit which I loved on Jennifer Garner in the movie Valentine's Day

It doesn't exactly look a lot like it - but the red/navy/white colours are there, and the lovely polka dots.
In fact I like this outfit so much that since seeing the film I have been planning to sew up a navy skirt, and have been on the lookout for a spotty cardi to match it more directly :o))

Hope you had a lovely weekend - don't they just go by far too quickly?!

xo

6 comments:

  1. Oh dude! It looks fabulous, and it looks even better in real life! You were a very fashionable little Brown Owl this afternoon!

    I too loved JG's outfit in V Day. So simple, yet so much style. Hope you can find your spotty cardi!

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  2. Its absolutely lovely! You can definitely see that the amount of time that you put into getting the fit right was very worthwhile.

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  3. Your dress is wondrous!! All the fitting and adjustment was well worth the effort. (It could only have been improved by having Green polka dots!!) I love the idea of the inspiration too.

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  4. Thanks for posting the pattern number. I am off to find it tomorrow. I love the dress! I'll try to find different fabric as I love the spots but don't want to bump into you in matching dresses :-)

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  5. Lovely! It looks fantastic on you!

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  6. You did a great job - the dress looks lovely on you.

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