I do love my little orange pumps, even though they do rub, are very thin soled, and rather uncomfortable - that is the lot of feet which want to be adorned with prettiness! The dress aside, I can't keep my eyes off those little orange shoes. They only ever got worn where I can take them off, ridiculous isn't it! So my grey spotted dress is finished. What a palaver this one was! Everything was fine until it came to the yoke, which ended up being made THREE times.
The greatly positive thing about this yoke shenanigans is that I feel quietly confident at sewing yokes now, which have a reputation for not being the easiest of things to sew. Practise makes perfect. I've certainly practised, though I wouldn't say I'm perfect.
I think the first dress I made (above) involved some beginners luck. That dress just seemed to sail along without many problems. But the yoke on this dress! What a kerfuffle. It was the iron-on interfacing, (which I used in my last dress successfully), it wrinkled up once I'd finished the dress, and looked dreadful. The final version of the yoke has no interfacing at all, I just left it out. I've ordered some sew-in interfacing, I don't trust the iron-on stuff any more.
Now I have to show you the little wooden contraption above. The unassuming length of wood sticking out of a block of wood was made for me by Hugo. It's to help me hem my dress accurately. I stand beside it, Hugo marks the point on the wood at which I want the hem length, and then he goes round on his knees, pinning the hem according to the mark!
I bet there aren't too many men who would pin their partner's hems for them, or make a wooden contraption to help with the hemming! Isn't that wonderful of Hugo to do those things for me!
Shall we have a last little look at my dress then?
Just to let you know the details of this dress: The pattern is from Simplicity, it's "Lisette 'Portfoloio Dress', pattern no 2245". I made it using about 2 and 3/4 metres of "La Petitie Ecole by French General" for Moda, in "dots grey". I made the size 14.
I bought my fabric from a local shop selling quilting fabrics, but after a little search, I found an on-line shop selling the same fabric here. Ray-Stitch sell a lovely red version of the same polka dot fabric here.
I really, really, really like this pattern, I'd make it again, especially now I'm a dab hand at the yoke on this dress. It's so comfortable to wear, is just loose enough, but not too loose, and I like the pocket detailing, it makes it a bit different.
One of the side-effects of my new interest in dressmaking is my curiosity about what other people are making, and what patterns and fabrics are out there. The world of sewing is yet another plane of crafty consciousness, and of course there's been the inevitable "I have to make that pattern"!
One example of this is a pattern that appears to be well known in the U.S. world of sewing, and it's a pattern by Simplicity, from their Built By Wendy range of patterns, called "Built by Wendy number 3835", which I first saw made up on the blog Harmony and Rosie, in this post. It's such a beautiful and simple design, but it's out of print. When I last searched I could not find a single copy for sale, not a single copy. What a shame. I found myself hungrily, or even ravenously, searching for this pattern which I had to have. And discovered that there are a few other people hunting just as hungrily.
I like this dress too. Also made by Harmony and Rosie.
There are quite a few patterns I really rather like. I've made a little list...................
BurdaStyle Peasant Blouse pattern here.
BurdaStyle Peasant Style Dress here.
BurdaStyle Tie Front Blouse pattern here.
BurdaStyle Long Sleeved Embroidered Dress pattern here.
An AMAZING website called Fancy Moon selling an extraordinary range of fabrics, the link is here.
My little list could become a big list, maybe even a huge list.
And now what shall I do? Well, I've got some red gingham cotton that I've had for years. And I bought a sewing magazine the other day which had a free pattern, I like it enough to make it.
But I'll show you that another time, when I get going on it. My knitted dress is slowly increasing too. That's for another time too.
Well, see you on Friday. have a good week. Ta-ra! Love Vanessa xxx