July 24, 2016

Summer stripes!

Most of what can be said about this dress has already been said. In that first post, in which I discussed the design options and whether or not they were suitable for this particular fabric. And in the second one, in which I complained about the fabric.
All I can tell you is that the sewing didn't present any problems and made me feel a lot better about the dress.
This particular jersey is stable enough to be easy to handle. The order of construction was simple enough to plan and to execute (I usually plan how to 
sew something from the moment I start making the pattern).

All I really have to do now is show it off...


Some guesswork went into making this pattern. Educated guesses, based on the way an older dress fits now. And it really worked out! 


I am also really pleased with the way the skirt falls. It has only one seam, at center back. This means the front is on the straight grain and the sides and back curve to the bias (of course, as I mentioned before, grain doesn't quite work like that in a knit but it also kind of does and it makes for an easy term to discuss fabric behaviour). As a result, it falls down in a sleek shape at the front and has some flare at the back. Quite flattering, if I say so myself. 


All's well that ends well. I'm happy with this dress and in the end it became just the kind of pick-me-up project I needed. 

25 comments:

  1. so much FUN! that dress picks me up just looking at it!

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  2. Oh, it looks great, in so glad it worked out! I am so tempted to try something like this now!!!

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  3. Looks fab! Great summer stripes! :)

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  4. Gorgeous (you and the dress)! I really like the chevron effect in the back.

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  5. Stunning! Well worked out pattern influenced by the fabric, and you look great.
    M-C

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  6. It is not often that I call my husband to the computer to see a dress that came up in my feed and even less often that he gets excited about what I show him but this is so amazing and beautiful. F-ing fantastic my husband says. This is not only gorgeous and flattering but also looks very comfortable and easy to wear

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  7. This is so fantastic! I need one. I'd leave a longer comment but I need to run off to check my stash to see if I have any suitable horizontal striped knit right this second!!!

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  8. Great dress, love the striping!

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  9. You look amazing, this dress is great, I love the way the stripes fall on the skirt

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  10. Gorgeous dress and fabulous fit. I really like the pattern design and how it enhances the print!

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  11. total win! its a classic, looks fantastic, I love the simple neckline and then the dramatic back. really perfect use of the fabric, and is gorgeous on you!

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  12. that looks fantastic, love what you did with the stripes. and the hat is great too!

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  13. This is gorgeous. And the styling is spot on!
    Sandy in the UK

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! The dress, the hat ... definitely movie star quality.

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  15. This dress is really stunning, the construction is so unusual and really suits the striped fabric, the v-shape the stripes make a the back is so elegant. I just discovered your blog (via A Stitching Odyssey) and I can't wait to read through your blog's archives!

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  16. I love it! It looks like it comes straight out of a vintage vogue magazine, fabulous!

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  17. I love it! It looks like it comes straight out of a vintage vogue magazine, fabulous!

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous and shows off your lovely figure.

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  19. I would absolutely love to be able to design and make my own patterns, to have that talent is wonderful! I love that the jersey fabric behaved itself and the sewing went better then you thought it might. It is an absolutely beautiful dress and I love how the skirt flows, gorgeous! XxxX

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