Here we have "The Miz Mozelle Dress", a sewing pattern from Jamie Christina.
You can buy the pattern from her site in the States on this page.
It's a relatively new pattern, I understand, so the flickr page for Jamie Christina patterns only has one person showing her Miz Mozelle Dress, (There are the photos of the model wearing the dress in the group, but I'm not counting those). I'll add my photos to the group too.
Florence has also done a very interesting and informative post about the toile, (a practise piece in cheap fabric to check the garment is the right size), she made for her Miz Mozelle dress here. Florence and I are similar heights (small), so I followed her tips for making this dress, (which she talks about in her toile post), namely reducing the size of the keyhole. Infact, I was so confident about Florence's excellent advice, I didn't make a toile, I just dived straight in to making the dress.
I'm beginning to suspect that making a toile is the equivalent of doing a guage swatch before knitting or crocheting a garment. An important thing to do if you want your garment to fit as well as it possibly can, plus, very important to make with cheap fabric, if you are planning to use expensive fabric and don't want an expensive pigs ear hanging off your body.
I thought that Florence's demonstration in her toile post spoke volumes. If she hadn't of made the toile, she would have had an expensive and a little unflattering creation. Having made the toile, and spotted the problem areas, she ended up with a beautiful dress that looks fantastic on her.
I showed you the fabric above, when I last mentioned sewing something, but ended up not using that fabric for the Miz Mozelle dress, as you may have noticed already. Even though the fabric was £5 a metre in the Liberty sale, in my mind it's still in the category of it's full price, which is more costly and therefor more luxurious. So to be treated with reverence, and not used to make something I hope will turn out alright.
So that's where the turquoise cotton at £2.50 a metre came in. Cutting that up didn't give me the palpitations using the more expensive fabric would. In a way, you could say I've made a very detailed toile, that I am going to wear.
That's the thing about doing a toile that bothers me, the idea of making a garment twice, even though the toile is meant to be very basic. Still, like making a guage swatch, I do understand it's probably for the best.
Anyway, I love this pattern. It's very clear and easy to follow, it's got the big thumbs up from me.
The only thing I would change about this pattern next time I make it is this.
On the Jamie Christina website, she says that if you're not using the specified stretchy fabric, but something like a cotton instead, that you should go up a size when making the top half of the dress. I did this because I used cotton rather than stretchy fabric, and I feel the top half of my dress is a little too big, I think it would have been perfect if I'd done the same size as the skirt, and not gone up a size for the top half.
Also, there is a little bit of a puffy effect around the waist, I think I'll reduce the amount of fabric on the sides slightly, and make the top half slightly shorter next time I make this dress. Hopefully that should reduce the puffiness a little. I do want some puffiness, because that helps to create the illusion of a waist, I just don't want so much puffiness.
But as I say, I love this pattern, I love it!
Hugo is very generous with putting himself in an uncomfortable position for the sake of others.
Here he is above, in his Dry Suit, doing his bit at the annual Lifeboat Gala, to raise funds for the RNLI, Hugo is a volunteer. (Hugo is the one in the foreground, not the young man with his head poking through the hole).
He loved it.
You may well ask, did I pay to throw sponges at my husband?
£1 got me six throws.
I missed Hugo's head on all throws except the last, it was most embarrassing.
As I was throwing sponges, unfortunately I couldn't take photos, such a shame.
Unlike Douglas in the earlier mosaic, who was waiting anxiously for Hugo to get down from the ladder, (from which Hugo was photographing me wearing my dress), Ellie, (above), was sitting, oblivious to everything other than her own pleasure at catching the last rays of sun of the day.
I'll be on the train to London to see Walker Books on Tuesday, to go over the work I've done on the book I'm doing with them. It's the dreaded five hours there, and five hours back on the train. Unlike my last journey to see Walker Books, I shall make sure I don't forget my knitting pattern.
Hugo's making a Paella! I LOVE Paella. It's almost ready, so I need to dash.
I hope you've been inspired to make a Miz Mozelle dress, and end up joining Florence and I in the flickr group.
Cheerio! Vanessa xxxxxx