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)....
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.