Finished: Pale Blue Dress

And another dress is photographed. At the sewing course we are making half scale dresses, but this one is an exception. I liked the design and wanted to make it to my own measurements instead of another half scale one. 

After drafting the block pattern I altered the pattern to recreate the dress from the picture we got during class. I moved the shoulder dart to the waist to get more ease which I used for gathers. To get the blouse-y effect I added some length to the bodice. The skirt has waist darts and a simple back vent.

I didn't make a mock up but went straight for the real deal, because i was wondering how much my dress would resemble the picture at the first go. At the course we are trained to draft patterns based on pictures the teacher is handing out to us. 

If you compare the dresses you can see that my neckline is wider and my bodice is more blouse-y. The woman in the picture has a beautiful hourglass figure and I'm more a 'banana' so this changes the look of the dress as well.

When it comes to how the dress fits me I would have changed the arm-hole because this way it's a bit too narrow for me. I'm unable to wear bra's with straps because the neckline is a bit too wide. So would I make this dress again I would draft a smaller neckline. I also would have made a bigger vent to create more movement.

Normally I never wear narrow fitted skirts so I feel a bit uncomfortable and I'm not sure it really works for my figure. But it was a nice change to make something full size instead of all the half scale dresses and blouses I've been making so far.

It's interesting to see how a drafted pattern comes to life and how it might or might not differ from what you have in mind! 


Finished: Hot Pink Dress

Usually I prefer using printed fabrics over solid color fabric, but lately it seems I have converted to the solid color side. Both my recent makes and the sewing projects which I'm currently working are proof of this change.

The dress I want to show you today is a modern pattern which you can find in the January edition of Burda magazine. I made some changes because the pattern is made for knitted fabrics and I used unintentionally a woven fabric. The fabric I used was an online purchase and was sold to me as a stretch fabric, but when i received the fabric I discovered this wasn't the case. It was hard to find the right color so I decided to use this fabric anyway and changed the sewing pattern so it would fit me. 
The fabric is a very slippery woven rayon fabric. Alas it does crease easily but it's a real pleasure to wear :)

I intended to make 3/4 sleeves but accidentally traced full length sleeves and only remembered that I wanted 3/4 sleeves when I just finished hemming the sleeves. But I didn't feel like correcting this.

Sewing this dress wasn't difficult. The only more complicated part is the twisted part at the waist. Especially when you're not really good at visualising written descriptions like me. That's what I do like about vintage sewing patterns, they most often contain a lot of drawings and less words. But anyhow I managed to sew the pieces correctly in just one go, so it wasn't that bad!

Funny thing is that the city I'm living in is this years European Capital of Culture (ECC).Qhen I was wearing the dress for the first time and walked through the city center a photographer asked me to take pictures because he is working on a project which is part of the ECC :)

Are you more in to solid color fabrics or printed fabrics? Let me know!