New pattern progressMay 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?
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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!