Added Apr 20, 2011
Well, it’s done, finally. The funny thing is that it only took a few hours to make this dress, but it hang on a hanger for almost two weeks because… I couldn’t find the right buttons. Lame, I know, but there was nothing for it. The fabric’s a woven cotton blend, I guess, checked, as you can see for yourselves, nicely coloured and THAT was the tricky part. In the day light these checks seem to be made of dark blue and pale creamy blocks and stripes. BUT in the lamp light they “become” black and light yellow… Can you spot the problem now? The buttons that looked well in the daylight turned horrid when the lamps were turned on and vice versa. I’ve tried about five different sets of buttons and none fitted with this pretentious fabric. And when I was about to sew semitransparent selection of buttons that weren’t very much to my liking, the right buttons came in the form of… thrifted men’s shirt. Just the right colour and size for the loops, as if made for my fabric!! So, today I’m finished and even my mom started coveting the dress quite badly, so it’s gonna be worn a lot when the warm weather truly comes to Lithuania.
Some notes on the pattern: it was really easy to work with it, no matter that it was intended for jersey. I’ve cut in my regular size and it was ok. I’ve made the upper part double layered to give it shape, because the fabric’s quite soft and thin. The only change needed was making the armholes smaller cause I have rather thin arms and my bra showed each time I tried to move more vigorously. The hem, the armholes and the neckline are finished with bias tape and so is the belt – I simply sewed the bias tape, turned it out and use as a belt or rather – a string to tie around the waist. Was thinking of hidden side pockets, but decided to skip them this time.
If I were to make this dress again, I’d make one change with the “bodice”. I would use a french curve to make the lower part of the bodice rounder, because it looks so much casual (like my “Make it simple” dress) and not so strict as using a straight line.
So, all those of you, who have the pattern but haven’t tried it due to jersey recommendations – go ahead, because it really works with woven fabrics (possibly due to the fact that it is loose fitting). The end.
Woven cotton blend, thread, seven buttons.
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