There it is! I finally used my precious Rifle Paper & Co Les Fleurs rayon. Took me over a year. When I finished my recent Colette Myrna I knew I had found the pattern for this fabric. I made no alterations to the pattern as I was really happy with the fit on my first version. I made some biastape to finish of the hem.
I used my pinking scissors for finishing the seams so I wouldn’t add any bulk. I did a rolled hem on the sleeves and neck:
I’m really happy with it. I kept looking down at my dress as I wore it today to see the beautiful fabric.
I got the Zoe dress from Hazeltjes, a webshop in biological fabrics. It’s from Rosa P./Lillestoff and you can also find it here.
I thought it would pair perfectly with this Girl Charlee fabric I got in my SewHayleyJane box this month. The box arrived yesterday and I immediately washed and dried it and made this dress over the course of today. It’s really lovely jersey, firm, but with a nice drape. It was great to work with.
The pattern runs large, I went down a size, and I’m not really sure why there are darts in a jersey pattern. I do really like it though and am very happy with how this one turned out. I changed the neckline to more of a boatneck. I finally got my twin needling right and there is no tunneling on this dress! I set my stitch length to 3.5 and my tension to 2 and went really slow. Afterwards I gave my stitching a good press. I’ve done this on a couple of garments now and it seems to do the trick. I had to take a wedge out of the neckline because an earlier version had some gape, but that seems to be corrected now.
There’s enough fabric left to make a top for me and a dress for Hanna. I think I’m going to make a Freya top.
I’m always on the lookout for patterns for jersey dresses. I fluctuate a lot in weight because of water retention through hormonal changes and so jersey dresses are perfect for me. I love a jersey dress with a retro vibe and so I was pretty happy when Knipmode April was delivered to my doorstep.
It had this pattern in it:
If you buy the pdf (only €4,95), you get all three variations. I wanted the slim skirt with the longer sleeves. I really love the shawl collar and the cut of the skirt. I love those skirts that emphasize the midriff.
I had this cotton jersey that I got from Naaiplezier (I think this one’s gone now, but they have a great selection and I would happily buy everything from that shop!). I needed about 1,5 metres to make this version (do not follow the cutting lay-out from Knip) in size 40.
It really was a breeze to make. I honestly don’t follow instructions these days and if you have made dresses before you can easily make this without instructions. Just follow the notches and pleats on the pattern pieces. Do remember that Knipmode, like Burda, doesn’t add seam allowances, so you would need to add those yourself. Knipmode also has a lot of ease so I went one size down, but added some length (about an inch) to the skirt. Overexposed shot of the midriff:
Overexposed shot of the back (I hunch fyi):
Not going to be the last version I’ll make of this dress. I’m also looking forward to making the topversion.
It seems my relationship with Colette Patterns is having a bit of a renaissance as I have made my second Colette pattern in two months and it has been a great experience. The Myrna dress came out recently and I fell hard for it and got it immediately. It hits that sweet spot of seventies does forties for me. Then I received the prettiest viscose in my February box from Sew Hayley Jane:
It’s from Art Gallery Fabrics and it’s from the Tiny Dancer series. I knew it would become the Myrna dress immediately. It’s floaty and summery and the dress could become a perfect summer party dress.
This was a nice pattern to sew. It runs true to size and everything came together perfectly. After Claudette this is another great experience with a Colette pattern. I know they lost their mojo for a while, but I’m definitely enthusiastic again about the patterns. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern and am very pleased with the fit. It’s only fitted at the waist and I chose my size based on finished measurements. I chose to have 2 centimeters ease. There’s 3 darts on the back neckline and the front is shaped by gathering. The gored skirt has 8 skirtpieces.
I used a couple of different finishes on this. The neckline was finished with foldover elastic. This will ensure that the neckline won’t stretch out and gives it the perfect amount of body.
I finished the seams with pinking scissors. This gives you a finish that won’t show up on the right side of the fabric, which is very nice with lightweight fabric like this. I used a rolled hem on the bottom and sleeves.
Will make this again!
Remember this dress?
It was inspired by this Burdastyle dress:
I did not have enough fabric for the real thing, but I kept thinking about a white version of this dress and so I bought fabric and traced the pattern (I always put off tracing, but it’s never as bad as anticipated). I used my new rotary cutter and it made the proces of cutting so much faster. The pattern itself was easy to sew up. I didn’t use the instructions. My order of sewing has been firmly ingrained by my sewing teacher. I did read through the instructions to avoid making the same mistake I made with my Orsola (I sewed up the straps first, not the way to go). I sew up the entire front first, then the entire back, add sleeves, sew the sideseam in one continuous flow, finish neck, sleeves and hem.
I got the fabric from here. It’s called optical white and lovely to work with. The pattern calls for 3 metres, but because the fabric is broad I managed to cut it out of two metres instead. There was a slight cutting mishap on the front bodice, which I discovered after attaching the knot and skirt and then decided to fix by making a yoke.
I’m pretty happy with this dress. It’s nice for those inbetween seasons months, like March and October.
Will definitely make again. Maybe not with the yoke though 😉.
I have been intrigued by this dress ever since seeing Devin Iott’s version, but it didn’t feel like a pattern that would look good on me. Because it kept popping up in my imagination I decided to wait for a sale and then get the pattern to get it out of my head.
I decided on making this first in a fabric that I didn’t really like:
At first I made the midi version, but that did not work on me (sadly no photo to demonstrate this). I think I like the shape on me? I’m still not sure! I did know I wouldn’t wear it as was, because it reminded me of a hospital gown. So I dyed the dress tulip red (as it says on the package).
I like it a lot now! Construction wise this was a breeze. I lowered the pockets to create less bulk around the hips, but otherwise this is as the pattern was intended. If I would make this again (which I might), I would use either a heavier fabric than this cotton lawn or a more drapey fabric.
The Orsola dress has been on my radar ever since it was introduced. I love the sleek lines and the simple elegance of this dress. I wasn’t sure how it would fit on me, but I wanted to try it anyway. For this version I used the Dashwood Studios Copenhagen Blue Leaf fabric I got in my december box from Sew Hayley Jane.
It is a nice pattern to sew. All pieces line up and there’s a lining and the tulip hem to sink your teeth in. I understitched the facings and the lining. I took my time finishing everything the prettiest way I could.
I’m not completely happy with it as is. For my next version there will be a couple of changes. I will take out some of the curve of the skirt. It has to much room at the hips now. I will lengthen the skirt to hit me at the knee. I will also use a more drapey fabric for my next version. I need to stand a certain way to make sure the back doesn’t gape and I think this is mostly because of the fabric and it’s lack of drape. It doesn’t move with my body the way it needs to for this dress. But I will definitely make this again as I loved making it and still love the dress.
If you are planning to make this I would definitely recommend making a toile!