Added Jul 28, 2013
Oh my how the past 2 weeks have flown! So many things keeping one occupied and exhausted but I always make the time to sew!
This particular dress was made from a lovely pink/peach print I ordered from Spoonflower.
The designer is Edsel2084 and her designs focus mainly on Victorian and Arts and Crafts style designs. All of her intricate and highly detailed designs are hand drawn as a larger drawing, and a small segment will be scanned, cropped, tessellated and multiple colour ways are made before being uploaded. Edsel has over 4000 designs which completely blow my mind every time I check her page. The descriptions for each design stand between truth and fantasy. Some evoking Alice in Wonderland type dreams and some taking you to the library of William Morris himself
The pattern I used for this dress was McCalls 8917 from 1967. A teen dress in 3 different versions – all featuring an inverted pleat at the front, with a choice of collar, buttoned yoke or long bishop sleeves.
I chose the collared version with short sleeves. Initially I had the long sleeve option set, but they were too short and the pale colour of the design didn’t suit the long sleeves and high neck. It’s now more a spring dress than winter.
I also had some trouble with my machine – the top stitch was pulling as it fed through and I ended up with the tension on the front pleat a little too tight – if you look really hard at the seam on the pleat, it kind curls out at the end. This is because once you’ve sewn something with the wrong tension; it can be really hard to straighten even with an iron – unless you undo the stitches which I obviously wasn’t bothered to do.
Otherwise the dress is lovely and I think will be really nice to wear in the warmer weather instead of right now in Winter, so I will put it away for a few months.
I try to sew for the season I am in, so that I can wear things straight away, but alas – not this time!
Organice Cotton Sateen from Spoonflower old fashioned twisted paisley victorian
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