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?