7.5.15

Boat neckline dress from Craftsy class

Finally, finally, I have got past all those sloper muslins to sew a real dress in the Crafsty patternmaking class I am taking.





The pattern is self-drafted, with a boat neckline, waist darts, pencil skirt and exposed back zipper.  Last time I sewed an exposed zipper (back in 2008), only the teeth were exposed.  This time I went with the whole zipper tape exposed, as I felt this suited the fabric.  The zip is actually one amongst a bundle I bought on Ebay about 10 years ago.

The fabric (still available) is a stretch denim from EmmaOneSock.  The more faded colouring in the photos is most accurate, and the print is not as clear as the photos suggest.  The print has both a plaid  and floral design.  The plaid does not stay square, so I did not try and match stripes.  I couldn't even get  both horizontal and vertical stripes to stay that way, so I just went with vertical. 

I really like the colouring of this fabric.  Winter colours like black and grey and nave do not suit me.  This fabric has a grey base with greens and aubergines printed over the top, so I feel it is a subdued wintery colour that suits my skin tone.

The dress is fitted, but the fabric is stretchy, so I found it very comfortable at work today.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! This is a fantastic dress with fantastic fit! Well done with the drafting and I, too, think the exposed zip looks perfect with this fabric and dress.

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  2. You got a great result with the drafting, wonderful dress.

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  3. Fabulous dress. It epitomises everything about why we sew: great fit, unique and beautiful fabric, interesting details like the exposed zip and a style that flatters.

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  4. Ditto Sewinggelle! It's such a lovely fit and the colours are great on you.

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  5. You have a great eye for fabric - love the fit and style of this dress. I think the neckline really suits you.

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  6. Great result and lovely dress. The muted colours are gorgeous too.

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  7. What a beautiful fit! Which class did you take? Your hard work shows and was certainly worth it.

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    1. Thank-you :) First I did the bodice sloper class with Suzy Furrer and now I am using that sloper in the creative necklines class

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  8. Fantastic results as your dress looks amazing, the muted colours are perfect.

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  9. Love the fabric and the fit looks great!

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  10. The fit is fantastic. And the exposed zip is perfect. You pick the best fabrics! Between this and your wide leg linen pants-- I need your fabric vision :)-

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  11. Well done. Being able to draft your own patterns is liberating for sewers. It helps creativity and makes fitting your existing patterns so much easier.

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  12. Katherine!!! Wow! You reached a milestone! Drafting your own pattern for a boat neck dress! It is in my list of "to do" but I changed size and making a new moulage and so on looks quite a lot of work right now.
    Congratulations!

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    1. Hello again! About draftng the dress for the girl, and probably this is not an orthodox method, I drafted the front as the back, then making a different neck and armhole lines...and a lot of muslins!!

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  13. i'm so flattered that you added me to your blogroll! I like your style tons, thanks for linking us up :)

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  14. What a gorgeous dress! It looks lovely on you.

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  15. Well you definitely get an A+ grade in the Craftsy class. I have an "incomplete" because I never completed the homework. Wow! Great looking dress, both the fit and the fabric.

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  16. Can u pls tell, how u stichd this dress, its beautiful...

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