Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Dress for Next Year #2

As predicted, I never got to wear the first summer dress I made last year. Even worse, I wore it only once this year. Nevertheless, I like the pattern and wanted to give it another go. Sadly, this summer is as bad as last years. I have worn the second version once in France but with my fleece jacket over it. Which kind of takes all the summer out of the dress... Anyway, unlike the summer, this dress is a better version of the last one!




The fabric is a kind of rayon I guess. I got it from the clearance section, and these pieces are never labeled. Pff, half of the fabric on the racks isn't even labeled. Another reason to dislike the local fabric store. Anyway, I used the patterns from last year. They were quite horrible! I didn't transfer the adjustments I made in the dress to the patterns, but I could remember some of them fortunately. I did not use the slippery stretch fabric, but a soft white cotton as a lining. I gathered the bust again but moved the gathers a bit inwards, and used a dart in the lining because it might become to bulky if you gather both. I also added some length to the dress.



This dress is easy to finish because of the way it is put together. You start at the bust pieces and work your way down (or up when going towards the back), so all your seams allowances will automatically fall between your fabrics. I made this in France too, so I had the lots of time to be precise and not take shortcuts. It took me about 5 days from cutting to finishing. It's nice to see that I was proud of the way I finished it last year, while I've done a much better job this year. You can't but learn a lot in a year! I only hope I don't have to wait another year before I can wear it...

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9 comments:

  1. This is lovely. The fit looks perfect (i.e. no gaping or excess fabric anywhere) and that fabric suits you too. I was really excited to see what pattern you used (I've never seen this style fitted so well) then I checked the link and saw you'd cloned it XD

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    1. If only I could draw decent patterns, I'd share them!

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  2. Me parece un vestido muy bonito... y muy adaptable a diferentes situaciones (es que ahora lo veo todo con ojos de embarazada).

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  3. I LOVE this dress - the style, and the print. It's lovely and looks comfy. I only wish you had said, "It's from this pattern here." A pattern I could then go buy. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah sorry, only H&M has the pattern!

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  4. it's a fabulous dress :) you should find the way to wear it more often.. love the cut, and it fits you perfectly.. here is the opposite, summer is so very hot, that i hardly stand having any clothes one me :)

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    1. I wish I could say the same! Last week was wonderful so I could wear it. I have a wedding coming up, would this be appropriate?

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  5. Lovely dress! Very flattering, I might have to try something like that...

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  6. It's a pity you can't wear it because it fits you so well. Maybe you should a sun dance?

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