Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Pyjama Dress


Since our last post, All Style & All Substance has moved from Spain to Toronto, dealt with reverse culture shock, and managed to produce her first jersey dress, no less. Slowly but surely, things are getting back to “normal”. (Whatever “normal” is at this point.)

The scrunch sleeves are what I love most about this dress – I was surprised at how easy they are to make. They create an illusion of broader shoulders – perfect for us dainty-shouldered ladies -- and the jersey makes it super comfortable.


Fabric: jersey found in my mother’s stash. 
Pattern: self-drafted.

About that. I worry that you're growing frustrated with me, Readers, because I know a big part of reading sewing blogs is taking inspiration from other bloggers (i.e., being able to reproduce their look by purchasing the same pattern). Now, self-drafted garments are not as easy to replicate.

That being said, the reason I’m drafting a lot at the moment is because:
A—Pattern-cutting is a skill I want to develop.
B—Commercial patterns require too many alterations for my particular figure. (Shoulders, bust, back width, torso length… the list of adjustments goes on forever. Why bother, when I’ve already got block patterns that fit me like a glove?)

Next on the sewing table? A peplum skirt!

15 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this - it's gorgeous! I nearly fell off my chair when I read that you'd drafted it yourself. I don't mind at all reading about people's self-drafted patterns. It encourages us to think we're capable of the same. Any tips or hints on making a ruched sleeve like that? I'd love to have a go! Hope you're enjoying yourself back in Canada.

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    1. Thanks! Nice to know there is an interest. Will try to do a feature on the sleeves.

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    2. Yes, it's definitely inspiring and encouraging at the same time. Like Karen, I'd love to try these sleeves out to if you're willing to share some tips ;o)

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  2. I like reading about peoples adventure's in drafting, it's inspirational to see someone make a physical garment from something that existed in their imagination

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    1. I do to! And it's really not that complicated. More an exercise in persistence.

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  3. Oh cool you made a really cute dress with a self drafted pattern. Wish I could wear sleeves like that but I have relatively broad shoulders and, well, best not!

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    1. Oh lucky you! Broader shoulders are so nice and so much easier to fit! I'm sure you could still pull off the style if you reduce the ruching a bit.

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  4. Welcome back! I hope it doesn't take too long for you to adjust. There aren't too many of us Canadian sewer/bloggers out there, so I'm happy to follow you, no matter what you are sewing (I like everything you make, self drafted or otherwise). I also want to expand my skill set to include more drafting, so really, you are most inspiring! The only time I get frustrated is when people review their own drafts on PR, which doesn't make sense to me.

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    1. That's true about the number of Canadian bloggers. Thanks for following my blog and l'm glad you like what I make. hehehe it would never occur to me to review my own self-drafted pattern on PR!

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  5. I am really intrigued these days by drafting. Purchasing patterns just costs so much and even then I am always changing things to make it what I really want (not to mention making things fit).

    On a related topic... I have recently run out of tracing medium. What do you use when you are drafting?

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    1. Hey that's a very good question! I usually buy a big role of celulose paper at the art store near my house. I think this stuff is originally intended for building plans and architects, but it works wonders!

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  6. I absolutely LOVE the sleeves on this top. They are a perfect match to the fabric. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Christina! I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. :-)

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  7. Very cute dress! And I'M super impressed that you drafted it yourself! I have such a big pattern stash already (and still growing, I can't help it), i would feel guitly to start drafting my own stuff...I do enjoy altering existing patterns to becomre something else though.
    Jersey is also on my list for very soon, with a Renfrew top, follow by a dress...Any advice?

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    1. Hey hey! I know what you mean, my pattern stash is also way too big. I would expect that you would enjoy the methodical process of altering your pattern, Petite Josette. :0) A lot of patience, I sense.
      Next on my list is also the Renfrew. I'm in no way experienced enough with jersey at this point to give you pointers, to answer your question! :-) We'll figure it out together, I guess!

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