This is the dress for which I cut out a skirt lining from a pink sheet, which was the instigator of my recent reversible Simplicity dress. I added underlining because this dotted fabric, while cute, was also quite see-through if I was standing in any kind of light. I love the underlining -- it makes the skirt stand out crisply and hold its shape. It also makes it less likely to blow up scandalously in a strong wind, as I discovered to my relief when I wore it this week!
|A look at my Steam-A-Seamed hem, which|
allowed me to press it up right over the
underlining and even gather slightly to keep it
nice and straight-hanging from the outside.
|Fitted but with room to move comfortably|
|Back view. So close to |
being perfectly lined up
I call this dress my "I.T." dress -- the dots look just like those buffering circles that spin every time you're waiting for your computer to do something! I was extremely pleased to find that the dots had lined up exactly at the front waist, except that it's more of an oval than a circle, but hey, it is pretty close :)
I also lengthened the sleeves -- mostly so that I could cut them on the preexisting deep hem of the sheet and have halfway self-lined sleeves with no extra effort. I also ended up taking off the button loop at the front and just leaving this open as a V (which I had shortened by 1/2 " so it wasn't so deep). When I had a button on and had it closed up, it looked just too frumpy on me -- funny how one tiny thing like that can change the look completely.
|Close up of neckline - you can also see |
my perfectly matched earrings here too!
This is the first Lisette pattern I've used, and I really like it. I thought that the collar might be a little too much, but as it turns out I love it, and it was the element that most people commented on when I first wore it.
The pattern was very easy to follow, with well written instructions and techniques that are simple enough even for a beginner sewist who is looking for a bit more of a challenge than a 'very easy' dress. The pattern also includes a little jacket that looks like it could be interesting too -- perhaps I'll try it eventually.
I enjoyed wearing this very bright dress on a rather blustery day. It brightened my mood as well as my wardrobe!
and the circles are lined up on the angle on the collar too...nicely done!ReplyDelete
Sometimes luck in on my side ;) And thankfully the pattern was not crookedly printed on the fabric - which confounds any matching at all.Delete
Ohh, they do look like buffering circles too :) - very clever of you to see this. A lovely dress - and what a great find in the cotton sheet - economical and looks fantastic. Cotton is cotton, as far as I am concerned. I think the bodice looks alright where it is.ReplyDelete
After staring at it for ages while sewing, it suddenly came to me why this pattern of dots looked so familiar... ;)Delete
I love using thrifted fabric -- I feel like it is ecofriendly as well as thrifty. Of course, making sure that it isn't faded or mildewed or 100% poly first...
I was wondering why you called it the IT dress! It does look like the buffering circles. Really cute dress and love the style,ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda - it makes me smile, both the colour and the link to our online life too!Delete
This is just adorable! You've convinced me to go to Goodwill and check out their sheets! Enjoy your lovely dress.ReplyDelete
Definitely check your thrift stores out -- I always unfold all sheets etc. to make sure the centres aren't faded and that there are no flaws before I buy. But you can find some neat stuff!Delete
This is so sweet and I can see it styled a lot of ways!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I agree, there could be a few ways to wear it. It is also surprisingly comfortable as well!Delete
I like the retro look of this dress - good fabric choice for this style. Great job on construction too.ReplyDelete
Thank you Rachel! I do like this style in such a fun print.Delete
Great dress! I've been thinking of trying out this pattern since I've had good luck with the Lisette line.ReplyDelete
Thanks -- this sewed up so nicely, it has made me bring my new Lisette/Butterick 6168 to the top of my "up next" stack of patterns :)Delete
I like the collar, too. It is cute in the same fabric as the dress. I also like the skirt shape! And pockets...yay!ReplyDelete
Always pockets for the win ;) I do like this silhouette a lot.Delete