7/02/2014

Sewing my own Garden Party Dress






This dress pattern is from New Look Workroom - Project Runway inspired garments to sew at home. 

Everyone can use a garden party dress for the summer, sipping Pimms and enjoying the longer days is where I want to be! I used the gorgeous Jennifer Paganelli line of fabric Circa in deep blue. I am so in love with her fabrics, have I mentioned that? (Only every blog post in the last week ha)....


Did you see the best part? Pockets!!





My only issues with this dress is I had to take it in twice in the bodice, and it's still a bit large. I think next time I make a bodice fitting dress I will sew a size eight for the top and a twelve for the bottom. Following the measurements on the packet a twelve should've worked just fine, but I seem to run into this a lot with patterns. Maybe I think I have a bigger bust than I actually do! LOL!





The dress is not lined at the skirt portion, but with a quilting cotton it's fine-nice and airy and still opaque. I imagine I will wear this with tights and a lovely cardigan in the fall (cowgirl boots too of course). The bodice is lined, so it's very comfortable-I used the same cotton nothing fancy, and I'm happy in it.

 I did have to pinch the bust in the middle and sew it together a bit because it was gaping away from my chest. Do you remember that move Jennifer Lopez does on the bridesmaid in The Wedding Planner? She sticks a clothes peg in or something magical like that and fixes the fit in an instant? I had that revelation and did the same sort of thing, then proceeded to jam out to her On the 6  album. (Don't judge.)




If you're wondering, my necklace is from Accessorize and my navy faux suede shoes are from Peacocks. I made the drop earrings a few years ago, there are so many lovely jewelry bits on Etsy to purchase for making your own jewels, I just adore that site!  

This is a short post today because I'm busy enjoying the sun! :) 
See you soon friends.

6 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful dress and fun for the summer.
    After shopping and seeing nothing in the dress or skirt sections, I think I need to make my own.

    Debbie

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    1. Totally do it Debbie, the ready made stuff seems to get worse and worse...or is it me? LOL

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  2. Babe alert! This looks so good on you! Love the print! As far as sizing goes, it's kind of inconsistent in big 4 patterns, so I would check the finished measurements (usually printed on the pattern tissue if not on the envelope) before cutting things out. I used to just automatically cut things out smaller, but some of the patterns run true to size (especially designer ones) and I ended up with stuff that was too small! Argh!

    Question: why aren't Pimms Cups a thing in the States?! It's a tragedy!

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    1. I think you've told me this before and there I go not listening...........SMH hahaha Newest pattern cut at size 10...hopefully will fit or I might have to cuss a mean streak.

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  3. i love your jam story.

    and i love the pinch at the bodice, you deserve a jam session-- i was actually hoping the pattern came that way!

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    1. I ain't gonna lie, I love me some JLo!!!! :D

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