4.9.09

Wash-day dress

This dress is for when I don't so much want to head out into the world as a veritable fashion force, as hang out at home with the kids and get the washing done. Which is just as well, because I don't have shoes to match.The pattern is an Evelin Brandt exclusive design from Burda WOF 6/2007. It has been made up in plain fabrics in the magazine, which makes for quite a different look. I went to Spotlight to get fabric for a muslin and came home with this fabric; too expensive for a muslin, but pretty enough for around-the-house.

I like the open neck-line on this design, which makes it a little different from your everyday shirt-waister. I haven't sewn many collared shirts, but I think the techniques used here are a little different from the standard sewing instructions. No hand sewing was required at all..

It was my first attempt at using my sloper to adjust a pattern to fit. This exercise was not completely successful, as I had to later adjust the CF seam, resulting in front panels that are not on the straight grain. I actually felt a bit bad making my fitting changes, after reading how the designer places emphasis on extremely exact cuts and admits to being excessively preoccupied with getting eveything absolutely right. Nothing like a clunky fitting change over an exact cut!

I will get a pattern review up sooner or later...I'm needed in the kitchen just now to prevent a birthday cake fiasco.

7 comments:

  1. gorgeous...there's smething so beautiful about handmade clothes..perhaps mainly because they reflect the wearers personality....this is a lovely dress. great inspiration!



    Allison
    (tasmania)

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  2. Thats gorgeous for spring. Country Girl Couture is also using contrasting florals like this. You've both inspired me.

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  3. I love the open neck too. Very attractive dress!

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  4. It's a great dress. I like the idea of returning to days of yore, when women wore dresses in the house, instead of pants. Femininity is still in vogue.

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  5. So pretty- what a spotlight score .. love that fresh floral - to me it has a whistful retro quality - back in the days of lavender scented pillow cases and straw baskets.

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  6. Lovely dress. The fit looks really good.

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  7. Looks lovely. I am currently on the hunt for a wrap-around dress.

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