Monday, March 04, 2013

Polka Dot Frock Fest


I wanted to participate to Winnie's Polka Dot FrockFest, but I didn't want to buy the pattern, and I wasn't sure that I would be able to find a polka dot fabric that inspired me. I would not normally work with polka dots, but I was up for the challenge. It definitely took me a while before I found something that inspired me. Something about the rich deep brown/aubergine colour of this fabric and the contrasting texture of the velvet polka dots caught my eye.

So forgive me Winnie for bending the rule of your challenge! The pattern is not actually New Look 6000, but my interpretation of it. It seems that my pleats are deeper and the collar wider than the original, but other than that, I'm happy with the result. The ease of this dress is just the right amount. I'm going to aim for that in the future.


On sewing with taffeta:
This was the first time I sewed with taffeta and I must say that it certainly won't be the last. Taffeta has really such a nice weight, and could make the simplest thing look expensive, even if you're only working with synthetic taffeta ($14 a yard on Queen West in Toronto) as I was. I could see taffeta working really well with By Hand London's Elisalex dress, for example. (Psst, have you SEEN Heather Lou's version. Amaaaazing.) I'm not 100% sure about the pairing of taffeta with this particular dress pattern, though, with all the pleating. I'm still debating whether or not to top-stitch the pleats, to set them in place. My mom said "Absolutely not." but I'm not sure. Also, as you can see the pleating on the side seem to be pulling at the back, or maybe it was just my posture in this particular photo.

On the Pattern Drafting Process:
Drafting this dress from my skirt and bodice blocs was fairly simple once my pattern drafting instructor put me in the right direction and told me to first transfer the front waist darts to the sides. After that, creating the star was straight-forward with the slash and spread method. The first two pleats are actually the bust darts rotated on the side, as you can see bellow. Although I had initially tried to split one dart into two, I later realized it was a bad idea. There was no modifications to the back, I kept the waist darts and everything.

That's pretty much it for the polka dot dress.Thanks Winnie for putting on this challenge!
If you want more, you can pop over to the Polka Dot Frock Fest Flicker Group to have a look at everyone's polka dot dresses.

Happy sewing everyone!

17 comments:

  1. Wow. So impressed by your drafting. Love love the fabric. Looks great.

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  2. The dress - and you! - are sooooo beautiful. I love this dress and your take on the challenge. Your drafting skills are amazing.

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  3. Wowzers, this dress is stunning my dear! I love the fabric...you've made me want to sew with taffeta...like now! Your drafting skills are super and it seems like you have an excellent instructor. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing info on the process with us!

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  4. there's nothing much I love more than a polka dot that doesn't follow a grid and has different diameters! What a gorgeous fabric find... and in taffetta too? Lucky you! The dress is gorgeous - even if it isn't NL6000, it's definitely reminiscent of it :) You look wonderful!

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  5. This is a beautiful dress and I love the the colours...great job on your take of the dress...:)

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  6. AH! I love this! What an insanely flattering shape and then I realized YOU FUGGING DRAFTED IT! (It's times like this I get so overwhelmed with all of the things I want to do and make that I could actually cry).

    Honestly, taffeta is generally something I sidle past in the fabric store but this is so lovely. And you could not be more right about the Elisalex appropriateness - it would really stand at attention in the best possible way.

    I'm in your mom's camp - I like the soft sculptural aspect of the pleats as is.

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  7. I'm sorry, but I say topstitch... You know, just to make your choice a bit harder. I am in awe, you are an amazing sewist and a great draftist! Amazing, I say!

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  8. Wow! I am blown away by your drafting skills. I'm with Heather and your mom on the pleats---the softness suits the taffeta. The fabric had strong negative '80s associations for me, but I'm beginning to be swayed by your dress :)

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    1. he he I can see the '80s association. But that kind of good in the fashion moment we're in. In small doses, at least!

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  9. Adrienne I adore your interpretation, in taffeta?!?! Yes please ! I like the lower neckline and the gathers, don't stitch them down, they are wondrous as they are. Your styling is gorgeous too, something very Titania about it. You look stunning.
    And thank you so much for your wonderfully supportive comment on my half marathon post. I am in awe of you lady, training for a whole marathon, hope your training continues to plan and most of all that you enjoy your journey xxx

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  10. And should have added ,' how clever are you?' To draft your very own draped waisted dress. That is inspiring. Thank you for taking part !

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    1. Oh, thanks for the encouragement Winnie! I loved taking part in this challenge, thanks for organizing it!

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  11. I love your version-it fits well and looks waay better than the original (which I have and put off making up when I made another New Look pattern and realised 4 inches of ease in a fitted knit wrap dress is not my idea of a good fit XD. Rock on.

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  12. Wowzers, this looks amazing Adrienne! Congrats! xxx

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  13. YOU ARE AMAZING! I like your version SO much better than the New Look pattern!

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  14. I love the dress!!
    The tucks turned out perfect :)

    Natasha ~ TashaDelrae.com

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