And I’m back! :-)
Please go ahead and admire my beautiful Office Wedge Shoes that are ridiculously high. I LOVE THEM!
Admittedly I made this dress a while ago but haven’t had the chance to blog it due to computer issues. However, I have got quite a lot of things to blog about in the next couple of months and I will not let this computer beat me!
I’ve been a bit behind with trying all the new independent sewing patterns to be honest. Well, actually I’m not behind in buying them but I am in making them up (I spend way too much time looking at patterns, then looking at my fabric collection and then back again, imagining all the possibilities!).
So I finally tried the Deer & Doe Belladonne Dress. Point 1: Why I like it? Because it translates to Deadly Nightshade, which is purple in colour like my fabric. Plus a little fact; Atropine is made from Deadly Nightshade and that’s a drug we use in hospital to save people’s lives in a cardiac arrest. So, here comes my life saving dress! (Seriously, I should not be allowed to make puns…)
Size Made Up: I can’t remember! I think I made a 46? Anyway I do remember mocking up the bodice and altering the waistline by dropping it down a couple of inches. I also altered the bust by dropping the bust dart down a few more cm. However, I then messed up the back, I think I may have added extra to the shoulder pieces, so when it came to construction, it was too baggy. In fact you can still see a little bagginess in the photo. I also took out a little at the shoulders too.
Materials: A lovely lilac cotton sateen from Ditto Fabrics that I bought earlier this year on a lovely day trip to Brighton with my friend Charlotte. I love the lovely hummingbirds all over the fabric. I flatlined with a fairly ordinary white cotton.
Instructions were pretty straightforward despite having the original French instructions and not having the later English ones. Good revision for my basic French skills :-) This pattern is pretty easy to put together and very straightforward. The diagrams are easy to understand.
Inside I just serged/overlocked the seams for a quick seam finish.
Things I liked about the Pattern?
I like the packaging, instructions are pretty clear and I like the design of the dress, I can wear it to the office for work.
Things I disliked about the pattern?
I think I dropped the waist down too far, I’m still learning where the best waist placement is on me! At 5 foot 10, I know I pretty much always need to alter this but I don’t always feel that I get it right! (I’m not sure if that’s because for years I have been used to a much higher waist placement from RTW clothing or not.) I’m also still not entirely convinced that this dress isn’t too young for me. I’m 32, but still, I am wondering!!?? When do you know?? With a Cardigan on, the dress is fine though, so, ‘job’s a good un’ in my books anyway.
Would I use it again or recommend it to others?
One of my colleagues has requested, no scratch that – demanded – I make her the same dress for her. So I guess i’ll be making it again sometime soon then!
And finally, I couldn’t resist, my temporary little flatmate who had to sit through the photography proceedings when all she really wanted to do was to sleep…. Can you tell she doesn’t look impressed?