Sunday, 8 June 2014

Deck Chair Dress

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good weekend so far! As my exams are now finished and I don't have to go back to school yet, I've been able to have a load of quality time with my sewing machine which has been fabulous. This dress was on my capsule wardrobe list which I though i'd better make a start on seeing as August is only a few months away. The fabric was bought at Leicester market for 3 pounds a metre. This dress used pretty much the whole of the 2 metres. In total including the bias binding I used to hem it and the invisible zip the dress cost around 9 pounds which isn't half bad really. The bodice is fully lined with an ever so soft white cotton that was in my stash courtesy of my Grandma. 

For the bodice I used my bodice sloper but played around a bit with dart manipulation. The pattern on the left is my sloper with the normal dart placement and the pattern on the right shows where the dart ended up to give the V shape on the bodice. I did this for the back as well.
Fitwise my sloper is getting there. I'm happier with the bust dart placement now, it was far too high before. The armholes are a bit tight so I'll take more off the pattern piece at the armhole curve. The skirt is basically a huge gathered trapezium. It hangs beautifully when the wind isn't pushing it around.
Now, stripe-matching-wise there were some good seams and there were some not so good seams. Funnily, although I'm doing the "check out my stripe matching skills pointing thing" I'm doing it to the seam that isn't quite perfect as opposed to the seam on the other side of the bodice where the stripe matching actually is perfect. Oh well. The stripes were actually running vertically along the selvedge and as I much prefer horizontal stripes I just cut everything on the cross grain instead which seemed to work okay.
Here's a gander at the lined bodice. The white is a bit see-through but that's alright, it does it's job of enclosing all the seams so it's fine.
This picture would be be twirling to show you the fullness of the skirt. However my sense of direction isn't at it's best while twirling so I'm twirling steadily out of frame. Whoops!

Next up I'm working on my lace bomber jacket and here's a sneaky peek at the fabrics I'm using. Isn't the lace just droolworthy?!?!

That's all for now folks! I'm off to enjoy my week of lie-ins and sewing.
Thanks so much for reading and to Dad for taking the photos!
Lauren xx

23 comments:

  1. What a great nautical-inspired dress for summer! I was following your in-progress photos on Twitter, and it's great to see the finished dress come together.

    Looking forward to seeing the bomber jacket - love that blue lace!

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    1. Thank you! The bomber jacket is now firmly underway!

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  2. Oh Lauren, this is just wonderful. It fits you beautifully and the twirl is great! I love what you did with the darts as it adds some interest to the stripe. I have long loved things that read nautical without being kitschy, and this fits that perfectly. I can hardly wait to see the lace Bomber jacket. The color of the lace is divine.

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    1. Thank you! It's so important that things fit right or I just won't wear them. Playing with the darts and how they altered the stripes was so much fun! And speaking of the lace bomber, it's very nearly finished!

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    1. Thank you! I could just stare at the lace all day...

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  4. Oh and I can't wait to see that beautiful lace in action

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  5. Ohh, I'm in love with this dress. Do you know I love white and navy and stripes and a good old fifties silhouette? Droolworthy, indeed!

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  6. Such a cute dress! I love what you did with the darts.

    Which pattern are using for the bomber jacket? I've been wanting to try Papercut's Rigel bomber, but I'll probably wait until the fall - it's already so hot here.

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    1. Thank you! I'm using the hoodie pattern from Sew U Home Stretch which I've used before here: http://ladysewalot.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/cropped-hoodie.html but I'll be removing the hood and will do a V-neck :)

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  7. I love the look of the bodice with that unusual dart placement - lovely classic yet quirky dress!

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    1. Thank you! That was exactly the look I was going for.

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  8. Wow! This dress is very cute! Can you tell me how did you learn sewing? Which book, magazine, blog... I'm only an apprentice but i want improve my knowledge :)

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    1. Thank you! I've learned in so many different ways; through the internet, youtube, peoples blogs and I do have a couple of reference books. Mostly though I've learnt by making mistakes, figuring out what went wrong and improving it next time. :)

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  9. ARGH- LOVE this dress! But I think I might be a bit biased considering blue and white stripes played such a large part in my wedding last year! The orange (red?) belt is really cute with this dress and I love the shape of this dress on you :)

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    1. Thank you! The stripey bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous! I'm going to have to incorporate that contrasting hem next time I play with stripes :)

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  10. You did a wonderful job on your dress! The cute bow-belt is a lovely contrast. I love everything about your dress - fabric, shape, and construction! It's a style I've always loved wearing too. =)

    I have a vintage pattern from the 1960s in my sewing queue that has a very similar v-dart front.

    ~ Brooke

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I really need to have more of these dresses in my wardrobe because it's the dress I reach for every single day!

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  11. I love this dress, the design is simple yet very elegant to see. I can't wait to see your next lace jacket sewing project which I think would be really great.

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    1. Thank you! I blogged my lace jacket a while ago, so you should be able to find it on my portfolio page :)

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