Fast sewing. For a change.

After taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r making my orange 80’s summer dress, I needed a quick project and this super sweet frock for Adele worked a treat. I whipped it up on Monday night and she wore it yesterday to daycare.

Now we don’t normally wear lovely dresses to daycare, but after taking these photos in the morning I thought ‘why not’.

My daycare lady was so excited to see Adele in such a sweet little dress. Adele is not only the youngest kid she minds, but she’s also the only girl, so she does get a little extra attention.

The pattern is from Ottobre 6/2008 and the fabric was purchased on sale from Quilthome recently – Amy Butler ‘Love’ on the bottom and Valorie Wells ‘Delhi’ on the top. The super sweet vintage style trim on the bottom was from Spotlight on sale for 25c a meter – I bought the lot!

The only changes I made to the pattern was using only one large button per side to attach the yoke, instead of two and I used bias trim under the arms rather than turning the fabric over. This just make a much neater result.

By the way, Adele is walking almost all the time now which, even being the third kid, is so exciting! Especially as we can now wear a few more dresses without dealing with a cranky baby getting her knees caught as she crawls.

On telling the truth…

Last week I caught up with Thouraya and I managed to finally get my hands on the Colette Chantilly dress pattern. She, on the other hand, managed to get her hands on my entire Oliver & S pattern collection, so stay watching her blog for exciting sewing progress.

So now with fabric and pattern in hand for this intended project, I started thinking about the modifications I’d have to make to the pattern to get it to work.

First, I need to add a bit to the waist. I was also thinking about slightly dropping the neckline, possibly using the back yoke on the front too, just because I know scoop necks look better on me. Then I need to look into a small bust adjustment on top of the adjustments to the bust required from the yoke change. I’ve been looking into SBA’s and read posts here and here, but because there is a gathered bust on this dress I thought it wise to also consult my mum for advice.

Well, maybe there was something in the air on Sunday but I pulled the pattern from my bag and my mum announced “I don’t like that dress, I hate that dress, there is nothing at all that I like about that dress!” I was floored. My mum is normally a pretty polite and tactful person when it comes offering opinions, but on Sunday she was not.

Now I’m not offended by this, just rather surprised and it has made me think about the dress a little more. It certainly isn’t the style of dress that I normally wear, but I thought it would be cute and floaty. I’m not curvy or busty, but I thought think might give me a little more shape. I thought the gathers at the bust might help me a little, but Mum thinks not. Although I did read the Selfish Seamstresses post here about Colette patterns for people with boyish figures like me, I thought I’d still give it a try.

However, now I’m starting to second guess my plans. My mum does know me rather well, she really knows my style and I inherited my less than shapely body from her (except she has boobs). The modifications I’d like to make are quite significant, especially to the front yoke and bust. I’d definitely have to make a toile to check everything, which adds time and effort to a make. I also have a lot of other sewing to do right now – Christmas presents, clothes for gifts, clothes for orders, bonnets for My Messy Room (which sold out in a few days – yay!!).

So what would you do? Do you think I should persevere or should I change plans?

I’ve begun looking online at alternatives all are quite floaty. I like bodice G from New Look 6773 with the flared skirt option. I love the sweet little ruffles on the shoulders, but am concerned about them looking a little too cutesy. Alternatively the D bodice will be nice and clean and fitted.

I also like option B from New Look 6805 with the sash, but worry that it might not be summery enough. Although maybe it will be because the fabric is so light.
Lastly, I also like bodice D and E from New Look 6774. This dress doesn’t have a full skirt like the other which I was hoping to try, but I think it’s definitely more me and very wearable.

So this is my dilemma – do I sew the Chantilly or choose one of the above? I selected all my options from New Look as they are the cheapest patterns at full price and I don’t think Spotlight will have patterns on sale before Christmas.

What do you think?

Sewing 80’s fashion

A little while ago I got bogged down matching fabric to sew this lovely top and I think I swore that I would never ever again, sew a garment that needed fabric matched. Well, I guess I didn’t quite stick to that statement.

This is my new, super, super, super cute summer frock complete with matched fabric. Again this took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to do right. Not to mention that I only had 1 yard of fabric, so there was no margin for error. The fabric is Anna Maria Horner pastry line voile in coral, which is actually orange,  not a shade of pink.

The pattern is a vintage Simplicity pattern (no. 9863) from 1981 which says it’s “Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas”.

Here you can see that the back of the bodice aligns with the skirt. This took a lot of thought to get right!

I also intended to sew a fancy exposed zip or handpicked one, but this part of the dress was sewn at about 11.30pm Friday night and there was no way that I was going to start learning new things at that time of night, so it ended up being just a regular lapped zipper.

I also fully lined the skirt, but again this was done late at night, so without looking up the correct method to do this, I just sewed the white voile lining fabric with the outer fabric as though it was one and it works. I don’t know how well it’ll wash though and I’m terribly worried about how it will shrink, even though I pre-washed both fabrics, but it’s sewn and there’s no point crying now.

I made two key modifications to the frock including adding size to the waist and also significantly lowering the point on the bodice where the straps button.

I really love this little frock and can definitely see me wearing it at BBQs this summer. I love the soft pleats at the bust, which I think might give the illusion that there’s a little more there (hopefully) and I love the pleats on the skirt. I originally planned to wear this dress on Saturday, but accidentally sewed the lining a little too taught at close to midnight, making the outer bubble a bit. By then it was waaaay too late to unpick and re-sew, so my wardrobe was a little plain for the BBQ. Anyway, it’s now ready for the next event and boy do we have a stack planned for the coming weeks.

Now I really need to get stuck into sewing some more gifts for Christmas.