Hope you're having a nice week, my weekend was spent at work :( (hope that won't last much longer) but I'm spending all my free time at home in the week dressmaking and applying for new jobs, so keeping busy!
I made this dress last Thursday, inspired by a dress that Roisin from 'Dolly Clacket' blog made back in December- I love her blog so much! It's filled with so many beautiful handmade dresses and brilliant writing. Anyway, when I had dragged my family to go fabric shopping in Cardiff over the Christmas break and sew this fabric I had to pick it up! It was a little more than I'd usually spend at £8.99/m, but I'm happy to start spending a little more on my sewing now that I can see my skills and finishes improving so much.
I've used Simplicity 4070 (previously made here and here and a third time last summer which to be blogged about at some point when I get around to it), bodice A and skirt E, as before, size 12 at the shoulders down to a size 14 at the waist and hips. The bodice is lined but the skirt is left unlined. I love the simple lines of this combination. I had to get a little creative with the cutting out of the fabric though- I bought 2m of 115cm wide fabric and then stupidly cut the front of the bodice out, forgetting to place it on the fold. I cursed at myself and spent, genuinely, a whole day figuring out how to rearrange with a chunk cut of of my limited fabric. I ended up shortening the skirt pieces by 4 inches each which gave me the wiggle room to place the right pieces on the fold etc. And that worked perfectly because the skirt is so long any way- I almost always shorten it. Phew! I was so mad at myself!
A more intentional adjustment that I made was to lower the neckline. The original design has the nick right up at your throat and I just wanted to change that a little, mostly for variations sake. I drew a new neckline to a point 3" lower than the original and am really happy with how it turned out. I would love to have more goes at adjusting patterns, but it kinda scares me, so I'm taking it slow.
I love, love, love this dress- as soon as I finished it, I tried it on as usual, and then refused to take it off again. I wore it out to lunch with a friend and just felt so happy in a bright dress on a miserable day! I'm certainly more than happy to have paid just a little more for the fabric as it's turned our perfectly! Let's be honest, £16 for a dress you love is totally worth every penny and more.
Once I'd got the fabric and lining cut out, it took me just a couple of hours to put this together, even with some unpicking. I love quick projects, especially as I'm staring down the gun of my coat- which I've still got nowhere with as I'm quite nervous of it! Silly, I know. My goal this week is to get the muslin cut out and stitched together, not to hard, surely!?