No rain, a new hair-do and a new dress!

… this is Happiness!

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It’s Frocktober! A while ago I received my Sewaholic Yaletown pattern in the mail and knew I had to sew it up with my Batic 100% rayon purchased during my shopping trip to Vancouver!  My dress is done now, just in time, and I am very pleased with it.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

This pattern was very straightforward, a quick dress, and a lovely style! I couldn’t resist cutting out the smaller size bodice though so I could test out my bodice sloper and pattern block. I ended up adding one inch to the front bodice piece on the centre line and a 1/2 inch on the back bodice centre line, to bring it up to my size, so of course I had to add to the front and back neck facings too.  I just had to monkey with the pattern, the only way to understand and learn fitting, I figure!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

My french curve was perfect for drawing in the extra inch on the curved front facings. And I love my lip edge ruler. The perfect thing for measuring, cutting out fabric, and checking grain lines!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Of yes, before I forget… How can you tell it is time to pack up for the evening?  And the answer is:

When you start sewing like this….

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I didn’t stray from the pattern instructions…. much… I did put in the waistband elastic a little different.  I sewed the bodice and skirt of the dress together at the waist line, then I sewed on to the inside of my skirt (only) a casing to run my elastic through.  This made my top more blouson-y.  (is that a word?)

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

(I lay my dress out, focused my camera and found Simon getting really comfortable… what’s new?!)

Another deviation from the instructions, I hemmed up the sleeves  with single fold bias tape, to put in some body into the fabric edge. I also hemmed the bottom of my dress with seam binding for the same reason.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I also sewed shut the wrap top before I finished off the bodice.  Made good use of my 1/4″ seam foot to sew around the wrap top edge too!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

It was raining buckets this morning but by the time I finished sewing the sun came out and dried everything up!  No rain!  I am happy I can still take advantage of photos in our back yard before the rainy days come again and I am stuck taking photos inside!

So here are my backyard shots of my new hair-do and my new dress! Happiness!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Next project please! And happy sewing to you!

16 thoughts on “No rain, a new hair-do and a new dress!

  1. jvandervlugt says:

    That is such a pretty dress. I blew up the photograph to really look at the material. Are those pansies in the fabric? You pick such lovely material. Good job.

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  2. Rose says:

    I once tried to make a dress very similar to this but some how (think I picked the wrong material) managed to not get the flow like you did in the front. I never thought about using bias tape to add strength in the right places. My dress ended up 1/2 finished in a storage closet with half the pattern pieces still attached until, one day, I finally threw it out. Beautifully done. I think you should have done Simon’s hair too, the new shade would make him look more like his sister.

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