It’s done at last. I even made my own deadline. Now there’s a first!
It started with this free pattern from Sew Magazine. I have to be honest, my first love is Burdastyle magazine but when I’m feeling flush, Sew Magazine just hops into my shopping basket like it’s a right of passage. I think I have a little loyalty because of the previous success with my Dotty shawl jacket. That was also born out of a freebie pattern from Sew Magazine.
This is my first attempt at a garment with princess seams. Not too bad an experience. Only one tiny crinkle which didn’t even deserve to be Photoshopped out! I think I prefer the shape at least it eliminates the potential ‘pointy boob’ when you dont quite get those bust darts right.
I self-drafted (I love saying that!) the Peter Pan collar. Just because polka dots shout out for Peter Pan and Fiona from Table Calender thinks so too . . .
. . . and master of all things girly and Peter Pan is the lovely iroiro . . .
With regards the back of the dress, I am yet to decide whether or not I like. The invisible zip finishes short of the top to leave a slash opening and a need to fasten with a covered button at the neck. Its ok but a bit gapey and maybe gives the impression you forgot to zip up properly?!
The dress is fully lined. I veered from the instructions which suggested some visible although serged, seams. But I opted to hand stitch the bodice lining to the zipper tape and cover the skirt seam with the bottom edge of the bodice seam (if that makes sense) – so no raw edges show from the inside. I have to say, I think the black lining is very rock and roll too! I hemmed the outer skirt by hand but I was so exhausted by threading the needle by this time that I machine-hemmed the lining!
Overall I am very happy with this ladybug dress (as my daughter so aptly named it). I am proud to have graded the pattern across three different sizes! Never tried that before but really wanted a good fit. However its still not quite perfect and I have highlighted a need for an adjustable mannequin!
Credit to my fabulously talented fiancé for taking the photos. He’s in a band you know!
Please let me know your thoughts. They are always very much appreciated.
See you soon x