10.11.15

Back V neckline

I made this dress a while back for my Craftsy course, but I only wore it for the first time this week, now that we are definitely getting into the warmer weather.  The fabric is a cotton that is lovely and soft to wear.  I bought it as a remnant, less than 1 m in length but 2.4 m wide, which makes me wonder if it originally was intended for sheeting?  It is soft enough.  It appears similar tp a batik wax print, though I have no idea if it is or not.  The printed squares are not printed perfectly in rows (it is not my cutting and sewing that is off grain!!), which makes it look a bit skewiff.  I did split the side French dart into 2, as I thought that 1 large dart messed with the print too much.





10 comments:

  1. Oooh looks really nice. I love that batik look, the colours are so bright. Not much out there at 2.4mt wide but I did buy some last year that was a knit (ugly bottle green for school shorts). I wonder if it is commercial widths?

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  2. So pretty! The colours in the fabric are gorgeous. I need to make more dresses like this, as I know I'd wear them a lot. Hope you get lots of wear out of yours!

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  3. Lovely dress! The fit is great and the fabric is gorgeous.

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  4. Great dress! I really like how it has the pleats at the front and flat back. Ive had issues in the past with pleats at the back making me look like a balloon from behind!

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  5. Great dress - the fabric is perfect for a warm summer day.

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  6. Love the dress :-) I like the not perfectly square squares, it gives the dress and interest and sense of movement it wouldn't have if it was perfectly aligned. And I like the idea of splitting the darts. There have been a few times I've not used a geometric print for a particular pattern due to not thinking it could work due to darts. But splitting them is a great option to consider next time that happens.

    Are you finding drafting your own patterns rewarding? Basically I'm wondering if you feel it's worth the time and effort and $$ you put into learning it?

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    1. HI Tropical Threads,

      I really like drafting, so for me it is worth the effort and $$ put into learning it. I like the maths / science of it. I find drafting from my sloper easier than fitting from a commercial pattern. I usually buy commercial patterns on sale, so the cost of drafting (all that paper!) means that it is not much cheaper to draft than to buy. I have recently bought pattern paper in bulk though, so that should help. Either way, it is usually best to muslin first, so no saving of time or money there. It does make it easier for my to copy designs I like from RTW, as the commercial companies don't also have the styles that suit me, my lifestyle and climate. I did like Patrones pattern for a while, but the last year I subscribed they seemed to have mostly very shapeless garments without bust darting.

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  7. Oh, that is sweet! Love the colors and the print...very pretty.

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  8. You make such nice dresses.

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