This post should have appeared on the blog ages ago . Pauline, je suis vraiment désolée. And with no further ado here it is: my first ever handmade dress. Impressed? Well, I impressed my family (I had them all here for the finish, so there was a lot of scrutinising being done).
There is a reason why you don’t see a lot of dresses (or other girly garments) on the blog, I don’t do dresses. Mr MiH did have to mention that he did not want me to wear a trouser suit at our wedding… I was supposed to arrive in a white dress, as I mentioned I don’t do dresses. I am warming towards dresses though, and skirts, I suppose losing a bit of weight helped, running shaped my legs a bit, and maybe I have grown up of my tomboy phase (probably about time..). And I now know how to make one, well who knows that we will find on the blog.
I went for black, totally playing it safe here (for my shape but also to hide any sewing imperfections). Let’s remember this is my first handmade dress - ever. However it quickly became obvious I could potentially look like I was making a dress to go to a funeral. Not exactly what I had in mind. I therefore spent some time working out details I could add to the dress to make it more fun and interesting. I used some Summersville fabric I already had in my stash (a FQ if I remember well) for the cuffs, the collar and the pockets. I also had a chance to use some vintage buttons I bought on Ebay a long time ago – they work perfectly with that dress.
Pattern: Cami Dress from Pauline Alice (there is SAL happening right now as well!)
Fabric: Lightweight Cotton Drill in Black (perfect for the Autumn, and need a minimum of ironing!!) from Abakhan Fabrics and a FQ of Summersville; Vintage buttons found on Ebay
Modifications: Apart from the fabric choice, I had an issue with the bust (small bust for large frame it seemed), I added two darts to add shape. Apart from that I was pattern testing, so did as I was told. I made the biggest size (44)
Review of the pattern: This is a great pattern, for the Autumn or the Summer. It is vintage, but you can really add a modern twist to it. I had in mind to make an African print version, but that may be for next summer. The explanations on the pattern are very comprehensive, and with the SAL on the blog, you cannot fail on this dress (even with the side zip – I was SO happy when I managed it!)