Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dotty for Peony.

After quite a bit of contemplation and a few (read many) tweaks to the mock-up I finally was brave enough to cut into my dotty black&blue fabric and do some sewing. And here is the result.

My first Peony! (one of many I suspect)



I ended up taking the front in a teeny bit more so that the collar lies flat when wearing the dress, it was crinkeling a bit on the mock-up. I also did a small sway back adjustment that I contemplated in the last post. I didn't test this on the mock-up so I'm fairly pleased with the result, I suspect I'll be doing this for most patterns from now on. The question is why haven't I realised this earlier? But I suppose better late than never.

What else? I  took in the side seams a bit on the waist (which might explain the slight pulling, but I'm not too sure about this one). I only have to unpick on side of  the zipper once, which might be a new record for me. I'm contemplating getting a invisible zipper foot, it might make life easier. Do you have them and are they worth it?

Surprisingly neat armholes, eh? 


I also used baby hem for the armholes. I was going to use bias binding at first, but I wanted to try something different and came across "baby hem" on threads.com. I've used it way back when I did sewing as a teenager but not recently, I suspect I will be using it a lot more in the future cause it's dead-easy and the result is fairly neat even if I say so myself.

I didn't make the cummerbund style belt from the pattern, instead I made a bow belt following Tilly's tutorial. I wasn't too sure of the cummerbund belt, especially with the dotty fabric, but I may make one in blue or black in the future. We'll see. I'm not a huge belt person anyway so I suspect I'll be wearing the dress without the belt.

The dress is somewhat summery and we're well into the autumn here in Finland (with rains that seem to last forever) but I'm sure I can wear it with wellies and a cardigan. I'm also planning on making another one in black (quelle surprise) with sleeves. I'm thinking of using a black double knit and maybe eliminating the zipper..? Any thoughts on that dear readers? Over&out for now.

8 comments:

  1. Definitely yes, to the double-knit sans zip!
    This spotted version you've made is soo cute, especially with the adorable belt. :)

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    1. Thanks Sue. I'll be hunting down some black double knit now, I like sewing sans zips :)

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  2. It's so so pretty! I love the fabric! <3

    Also, I'm (once again) slowly returning to blogosphere, and this time I intend to keep both a music blog and a food blog (as if I didn't have enough to do with school and whatnot).

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    1. You're too kind sweets.

      Your music blog is ace, haven't seen the food one yet, but I'm sure it'll be a success as well.

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    2. Food blog's here: http://forthegloryofseitan.wordpress.com/, S and I haven't gotten around to advertising it on FB since I felt like I was already spamming people way too much with the music stuff, but we do appreciate readers!

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    3. Love it. Going to try out some of the recipes. The spicy tomato soup looks divine and the music choices are a nice touch. You should spam FB with it. It's too fab to keep hidden.

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  3. Definitely go the double knit. Dark colours in winter always look right, so teaming the dress with a nice cardigan or jacket will look smart, nice tights and you will be toasty! Anyway, as it gets colder, who wanders around outside? Unless of course it is unavoidable. :)

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    1. I totally agree with avoiding the great outdoors if possible ;D I bought a black double-knit which I'm hoping to turn into a Peony soon.

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