New pattern progress

May 25, 2015


Do you remember this dress I made Emily last year? At that point, I had the pattern half drafted then let it be for months thinking I wasn't sure I loved it. I also had the dress I am sharing today half made and was hesitant to finish it worrying it wouldn't look right on Issie - well guess what? It does! It has renewed my faith in the design and I am pushing on with finishing the pattern (with a few changes)...


This collar sits flatter to the dress than I intended, and the next collar I sew up will sit up a little more, like on Emily's dress. Issie is wearing the 3/4 sleeve version (which I will lengthen my a little bit). There is also a sleeveless version and extended cap sleeve version.


Issie is dragging the pockets down a bit here, and despite how it looks in this photo the horizontal line of the pocket opening does sit horizontally.


On this version, I threaded the elastic all the way across the back, instead of just in the centre. I think it works better. The sleeve head is gathered and sits up a little above the shoulder line for a feminine touch.


The fabric I used is beautiful and soft and I really love it. It is Monarchy in denim blue, Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I bought it from Miss Matatabi, but it's no longer in Frances' shop (you can still get it online in lots of places, like here). I made bias binding from some cotton couture fabric I had which picks up the soft red in the fabric. The collar is secured with two little shirt buttons. Issie threw the headband on the last minute - how did she know it would match so well?


We love our neighbours!

I intend on making another three quarter sleeve version with the changes I have made to the pattern since sewing this dress as well as the extended cap sleeve version before the pattern will be ready for testing - but hopefully that will be in the next couple of weeks. Yay!

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15 comments

  1. Oh lovely again! I loved the first version already amd this one is also great! Looking forward to your testers call.

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  2. oh wow .. can't wait for the pattern .. i love it and yes, definitely have faith in your design. I love your cosi pattern too and have made 2 of it already!!

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    1. Oh thank you. I would love to see your cosis

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  3. I am curious how you sandwiched the piping in the L shaped pocket :) I liked the first version and I like this one also. A garment that a little person can put on and off by themselves is a winner.

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    1. Thanks jenya:) the pattern will obviously show you how to turn your piping. Glad you like!

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  4. Darling dress! I like the cap sleeves version and would love to be your pattern tester if I have chance :).

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  5. I love everything about this design Suz - the collar is stunning. Good luck with the refinements - look forward to seeing more :)

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  6. Thanks girls! I am excited about this dress again and have my next one cut out ready to test!

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  7. I love it! Once again you've added such great details... Looking forward to the pattern!

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  8. Love this, Suz! You nailed it!

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