Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Garcia Lorca Dress


Readers, I’m not only back from my sewing hiatus, but I’m back with a bang!

I'm very pleased to introduce my favourite project of all time: the Garcia Lorca Dress.
 The photographs were appropriately enough taken in Garcia Lorca park in Granada.
The fabric-pattern combination is pretty dang right on – cotton voile and, of course, the Cambie dress from Sewaholic!

 I cut a size 6, but made several adjustments to the bodice (performed small bust adjustment, lowered the armpit line by one inch, reduced the sleeves in width by one inch and enlarged the waist by half a size). I also reduced the width of the skirt to make it less poufy because, you know, we already have plenty of volume there. 

As you can detect in the photograph bellow, I’ve reinforced the top of the bodice with some interlining to give it more structure. There are a few versions of Cambie’s View B out there that, although very beautiful, appear a little flimsy in the bodice. The gathered skirt of View B does call for a light-weight fabric, but the bodice looks best when more structured. (Next time I will make my life easier and use a sturdier lining for the bodice instead of interlining.)
As much as I try to fight it, my sewing seems to occur in bursts. I get intensely involved in something for a few weeks, and than intensely involved in something else. These past weeks, that something has been my thesis. While working on the Cambie, though, I’ve been finding it quite soothing to come back from a hard day at the library and do something with my hands.

As you may know, my thesis is actually about sewing and the online sewing community. I will be presenting some snippets of it here in the coming weeks.

Photography by Jillian Rubman.

18 comments:

  1. This dress is beautiful! I love the fabric choice and it looks like the perfect summer dress! I'm not familiar with the interlining technique though. any advice for that?

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    1. Lol! it's just self-adhesive interlining that I roughly cut around the top part and stuck to the lining pieces!

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  2. You have made a truly beautiful dress there. The fabric with those shoes are spot on perfect. Welcome back!

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  3. Gorgeous dress! And it looks amazing on you!

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  4. Love this dress. The fit is nice, the fabric is really interesting and your finishing looks flawless. Good luck with the thesis. Looking forward to reading your snippets.

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  5. Wow Adrie you are breathtaking!! This dress is gorgeous, it's an amazing piece! And I love it paired with your green shoes :)
    This is my favorite project of yours of all time! But something tells me that will quickly change as you'll make something more beautiful next time. I'm so happy you posted this ^__^
    love you very much,
    Katheryne

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  6. This is such a beautiful dress Adrienne and perfectly paired with those awesome shoes! Your hair is also looking lovely, you're such a natural beauty! I need to make a Cambie soon, I'm literally swooning over yours!

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    1. Umph Marie, thank you! It helps when you have a photographer who does magic! :-)

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  7. Welcome back - that dress is a show stopper. The fabric is really gorgeous, and it looks great on the inside too!

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  8. You are beautiful. And the dress is too! Saw this and thought of you. Was going to send it to you via FB but you're no longer there.

    http://www.smokinglily.com/2012/07/04/victoria-update-blog-contest/

    take care Adrienne! and keep sewing, writing and laughing.

    tk

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  9. Your fabric choice is fabulous - it's a very complimentary set of colours against you! The style of the dress is spot on for you too. You look just lovely! (and I'm in adoration of your super awesome shoes!)

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  10. Wow. Stunning Cambie. The photos are gorgeous, and your shoes are to die for. Love it all.

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  11. Your version of the Cambie dress is beautiful. The fabric is amazing and the colours suit you perfectly. Congratulation! Are you thinking about making the A-line skirt version soon?

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    1. I should, shouldn't I? I have just the right fabric for it too. Now that I've made all the adjustments to the bodice, it would come together easily.

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    2. Well, I am happy to hear that! I hope to see it soon. And thank you for your very nice comment :)

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