I’m literally just getting this in under the wire for the Laurel Dress contest. Talk about cutting it close! I’m a little disheveled in these photos. I had just arrived home from work and was rushing to get the shots taken before the light went. When I did my inspiration post, I had my heart set on a beautiful eyelet version. However when I went to get fabric I couldn’t find eyelet fabric that I liked anywhere! I did find this lovely floral cotton with a nice sheen a 3% spandex for a little bit of comfort. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out, with a few adjustments the fit is great. I’ll definitely be making more of these and hopefully will get to make an eyelet one at some point.
I decided to do View 3 which has a cute 60s vibe. The dress came together very quickly. After cutting it only took a few hours to finish the whole thing. I did find the sleeves a little annoying to set in. I find Colette Patterns tend to have a little bit more ease in the sleeve head than other patterns, making it a bit harder to set in without puckers. It went in fine but I have to remember this in future! Do any of you find the same?
I cut a size 4 and following the sizing went out to an 8 for the hips. However when I did the side seams I realised that the dress was swimming on me! I should have measured the pattern pieces and would have realised that I could have left the hips at a straight 4. This dress has a lot of ease and I took it in a bit at the waist and bust as well. I also had to move the bust dart down because I’m tall and the dart would have finished too high.
I finished the bias binding around the neckline using a slip stitch as the pattern recommends. I was happy with how even my stitches turned out. It’s true that it just takes practice and your hand sewing improves immensely. I really get satisfaction out of nice finishings.
I’m going to be tagging this under ‘laurelprint’ and ‘laurel’. There are some amazing Laurel dresses and tops in the Flickr group. Good luck to everyone that took part. I know I have my favourites picked out already!
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I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.