March 8, 2017

...and a dress

And here is the last item of my early February sewing spree: It's a dress!
To be precise, it is a dress made from the same fabric I used waaaaaay back, for my last dress of 2010. I still have that dress although it is looking rather worn by now. It is looking worn for all the right reasons: I've loved it ever since I made it and I have worn it a lot. 

The fabric is a peculiar material: I would definitely describe it as 'mystery fiber' with quite a bit of synthetic in it but there is no static cling. There is a serious bit of stretch but it is along the length of the bolt (which is why now, like back in 2010, I have cut my pattern pieces on the cross grain). The base of the fabric is a beige-ish knit with black corduroy-like ridges on the good side. It is quite stiff and has basically no drape at all. The wrong side is sort of scratchy but in a nice way.

For a long time, I thought I would just re-make that first dress but somehow I never did... Maybe it just didn't feel quite right to do that.
I'm glad I finally made another dress from this material (and I think I even have enough of it left for another one...) 

Because the fabric is nearly back, it hard to show the details in a picture. So, I thought it might be better to include a technical drawing. 

The new dress has long raglan sleeves, a fitted bodice with princess seams and kick pleats at the back and a casual sweater-style short zipper and collar.

And I have to say it is just as comfortable as the old dress. 

6 comments:

  1. Stunning. really fits you well and suits you totally.
    and the shoes... Wow.

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  2. Very elegant. I like the angular sleeves against the curves of the princess lines. Nice!

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  3. This is so beautiful. I would bet a substantial sun of money that if you ever decided to actually sell patterns for those of us who don't draft our own, there would be many takers. You would put those bloggers with no real training who produce the same boring dress to shame!

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  4. Adding, zipper is a great touch. Is it functional or decorative?

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  5. Thanks for sharing that technical drawing. That's a wonderful design! It looks spectacular on you.

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