5.19.2014

A dress in a weekend!

What a week... thankyou SO MUCH for the incredible response to Just One More, I am thrilled you are all as excited about the project as I am!

I needed a little creative recharge this weekend (and my hands needed a break from knitting), so I decided to whip up a dress.  Sometimes plans like this work, sometimes they don't, but this time, the odds were in my favor and I achieved dress success! (Did I really just write that?)
Pattern: GreenStyle Creations Laurel Dress
Fabric: Liberty of London Dufour Jersey Darby Blue Multi, 63 inch wide, 1 yard
(purchased on sale this winter from fabric.com)
Size: X-Small
(I had literally NO fabric leftover and had to be pretty creative to make 1 yard work...)
Modifications: 
  • I raised the center front of the neckline by 1 inch as I got advice (thanks Betz!) that I might enjoy a bit more coverage there!
  • I had just enough fabric to make it a few inches longer than the tunic length, which makes it perfect for wearing with leggings and boots.  If I want to wear this without leggings I will definitely need biking shorts underneath it... : )!
  • I made the cowl about 1.5 inches less deep so it wasn't quite as big.  I had done this on my Renfrew with great success.  I love a cowl neck, but not when they add too much bulk!
  • The sleeves are about a half inch shorter than in the pattern... this wasn't on purpose, my machine ATE the fabric while I tried to do a small hem and I ended up having to turn it under one more time! WHOOPS!
  • Instead of pockets in the seam, I applied over sized patch pockets, the liberty jersey is particularly drapey and light and I was worried the in-seam pockets would make the side seam hang funny!  I LOVE them, and on my next one I am going to make them even bigger!
Working with a print like this was right up my alley, it is so busy and multi-directional that my "relaxed sewing skills" are totally hidden.... I think I'm ordering this next as it looks equally forgiving. I'm officially on a sewing with knits kick... WATCH OUT!

12 comments:

  1. Ha, I think of you as such a pro with sewing. It's funny to read about your mishaps and make-it-work moments. I think the sleeve length looks excellent.

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    1. Next time I'll show you the inside of something I've sewn Justine... an expert I am not, but I am a little fearless about it!

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  2. The print is gorgeous, perfect for this dress!

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    1. Thanks! I agree the combo WORKED! Now if it will only get warm enough so I can actually wear it!

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  3. I love this and thanks for sharing the info. I definitely need to fire up my sewing machine and serger.

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  4. I just love it! The Liberty fabric is fabulous! Looks great on you!

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  5. Laura, this suits you so well. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. It looks fabulous! So cute! I definitely think you are a sewing expert too.

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  7. You are one hell of a talented lady!!! Beautiful

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  8. Please can you tell what pattern this dress is from? I can't find it written in the description. Ta Natalie

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    1. Sure! It's the Laurel Dress by Green Style Creations... I love it! http://greenstylecreations.com/products/laurel-dress-or-tunic-in-sizes-xxs-to-3xl

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