Friday, September 27, 2013

Completed: Leanne Marshall's Simplicity 1877

Can you believe this dress was largely made in 5-minute increaments between pomodoros? That's what I call slow sewing! But you do what you have to do to get your sewing in, right?

I was kind of nice to sew so slowly. Having to stop after five minutes means that you're stopping while it's still fun. It's like, as a summer camp counsellor, they say it's important to stop the activity while your kids or teens are still having fun, so they'll be excited about the activity next time.
Fabric: some kind of light-weight synthetic with a decent stretch content. Almost like crêpe to the touch in a way, but not exactly. Purchased in London a while back, I'm pretty sure at Simply Fabrics in Brixton.

Pattern: Simplicity 1877 by Leanne Marshall. View B.

What did I change?
- Performed all my usual adjusments for the bodice (narrow upper chest, changed the angle of the shoulders, etc..)
- To avoid breaking up the stripes of my fabric, I transfered the back darts into the center back seam.
- I also removed two of the four darts in the front for the same reason, resolving by the same token the small bust adjusment.
- I omitted the shoulder frills in View B, again to avoid interrupting the geometric lines.

Tips:
- If you're working with an unstable fabric, you might want to consider finishing the collar and armholes with bias or elastic tape (like I did, more on that in a next post) rather than following the instructions and making your own facing tape (or whatever it's called). My fabric didn't press well and it turned out pretty disastreous so I added the black elastic and I'm really pleased with the result. MUCH better.
I'm really really happy with this dressed. It gave me a nice sewing boost and my brain is now racing with fabrics, patterns, ideas and projects. So many things to sew, so little time!!
And it keeps getting better -- this dress even has HIDDEN POCKETS. At first I was a little annoyed by how un-deep they were but I think it's better that way because it shall discourage me from overloading them and deforming my dress (let's face it, totally something I do).
Now, if you excuse me, I'm off to parade my new dress for lattes and carrot cake with my sweetheart.

Thanks for letting me share my dress, everyone!

21 comments:

  1. This dress is so lovely on you - and the way you've used the stripes makes it really striking.

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  2. Fabric - thumbs up! Style - thumbs up! Hair-do - thumbs up! Smile - thumbs up! House - OMG - is it your house? A real doll-house! I want one too!

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    1. I wish it were my house! mmm, wait, maybe not. It's actually a garden house on an allotement (no running water). Just a little place for city dwellers to have a garden and work the land. A very Swedish concept.

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    2. :) It looks big enough for a couple. Bravo, Sweeds ;)

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  3. Look at you all pretty in Sweden! (I may totally cop that hairstyle). I am regretting not buying that pattern in a recent Fabricville sale - I think I was thrown by all the ruffles (me no like ruffles). Love the punctuation of the black bias and the clean lines of the fabric... great dress. And now, I am ACTUALLY GOING TO MAIL YOUR ANNA. I am a terrible procrastinator. Is there a Pomodoro for going on long walks to out of the way post offices? (BTW, thanks to you I've totally been Pomodoro-ing and its been really helpful at work).

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    1. yeah! Get your butt in gear and mail that pattern once and for all!! i,ve been checking my mail box EVERYDAY my heart fluttering hoping it will be there.
      Kidding aside, I'm glad the pomodoros are helping you. The best thing ever, in my opinion.

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  4. i love the direction of the stripes and details of your dress! and your hair and the background of these photos look beautiful

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  5. Gorgeous! The way you matched up the bodice stripes is dreamy and that elastic tape is a fabulous idea. Love it. I had overlooked this pattern, but I may be changing my mind...

    Also, you have some of the best photos & photo quality in the sewing blog world. What do you shoot on? Your light is always so ethereal!

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  6. This is such a sweet dress Adrienne, you've totally nailed the fit! I also want to say how especially beautiful you look in these pictures - your make-up and hair is so pretty! I love the backdrop with the cute house and fence too ;o)

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous - I love the back and the way you've matched the stripes xxx

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  8. This is gorgeous! The stripe matching is fantastic and the style+colour combo is totally you. I bought this pattern to make up the layered skirt version for a night out but I really wanna make version b now. Don't remember whether it's meant for stretch fabric or not...

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  9. Hidden pockets are a treasure. You look amazing and the photographs make you look so ethereal. Bonus points for pattern and fabric placement.

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  10. Lovely dress, especially the play of the stripes. And the pockets! I would not have thought of pockets for a dress like this, but it looks great!

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  11. The fabric is perfect for this dress...I love it!

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  12. Beautiful, Adrienne! (The dress and you :)

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  13. This is lovely!! Very cool stripe matching, and just a perfect fabric/pattern combination. The Swedish backdrop is heaven as well.
    Shelley

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  14. such a great gress, loving the stripes and the muted colors. perfect for fall! also loving your hairdo :) and yeah, i'd totally love a colonistuga too!

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  15. This is a great little dress! I love the shape and would see it with sleeves for a more winter-y version! Although this one could easily transition into fall1winter with a cardigan and tights. Great Job!

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  16. Oh, Adrienne, this dress is just PERFECT on you!! I love the black lines in it and the striped fabric. It really is so flattering. And, I love your pics. Like out of a fairy tale with the countryside and the cottage. Lovely! Looks like your new home is agreeing with you. :)

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