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! 


Finished: 1930s Inspired Halloween Dress


I'm a little behind with updating my blogs, but today I want to share the dress I made for Halloween with you. Since carnaval started yesterday I took the opportunity to write this blogpost and share my Halloween dress :P

When I thought about organising a Halloween party at my place I wanted to go for a witchy kind of look and was inspired with the velvet dresses from the 1930s. I love the long sleek silhouette and the sleeves of these dresses. 

With the help of my sewing teacher I drafted my own pattern. I bought a very cheap velour fabric to make a muslin and started to search for fabric for the real dress. But I never get to make the 'real'dress because I didn't have enough time and I really liked how my muslin turned out. You wouldn't believe I only spent like 10 euro's on material for this dress!

The upper part of the skirt is quite figure hugging and in the lower part I added four godets to give it some more flare and a wider range of motion. 

Since this is a muslin there are still a few alterations I would like to make if I would make this dress agains. First of all the train on the back of the skirt could have been made a bit bigger. I would have made a facing for the opening in the sleeves, now I just fold the seam allowance to the inside and used a invisible stitch to hem the seams. But the gap is quite wide and it will show the inside of the fabric. 

I didn't want to add a withc hat, instead I made a headband with some fake flowers. The sash I borrowd from another dress I made years ago. 

When I have enough budget I would love to buy reall silk velvet and make this dress again!


Finished: Forest Dress Vogue 8766

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Last year I fell in love with the forest panel print fabric and bought 3 pieces. It's a very soft jogging fabric. The pattern I used is a mix of Vogue 8766 (bodice and sleeves) and a vintage pattern from the 40s (skirt) which I used to make this dress.

I initially planned to make this dress before autumn, but I was a bit too occupied with other sewing projects I will blog about later. 

I'm really glad with how this dress turned out. I made some small alterations like omitting the darts in the sleeve head. Instead I decided to gather the sleeve cap. I tried the darts, but they became very pointy. The gathers give a better shape to the sleeve head. As always I added some length to the bodice, skirt and sleeves and took in the side seams at bust level. 

As decoration a I added two dark green buttons at the Center Front. The zipper is in the side seam, hand picked and lapped. I sewed the hem by hand with an invisible stitch. I don't really like machine stitched visible hems. And with a good series to watch it isn't that bad to do some handsewing. 

I already wore the dress and it's sooo warm and comfy! Maybe I'm going to take it with me to my trip to Iceland in March :D