I'm super happy as I write this because not only have I finished my Fall For Cotton dress but I finished it ON TIME, and I LOVE IT and I'm also WEARING IT RIGHT NOW. Sorry for the caps there. I'm just pleased. I decided to take part in Fall For Cotton - the challenge being to make a garment using a vintage or vintage-inspired pattern out of 100% cotton fabric - partly because I haven't really taken part in any sew-alongs yet and also partly just because I fell in love with this pattern and the fabric as soon as I saw them and knew they were a perfect match.
So, this is my effort! The pattern is Pauline Alice's Cami dress pattern - it's new out, and it's her first! And oh my gosh, that's impressive! It's such a lovely pattern - a gorgeous 50s-style shirt dress with a gathered skirt and different sleeve-length cuff/no cuff options. Sooper dooper loveliness. The fabric is Meadow Vale Dark by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery fabrics. I bought it from M is for Make and it arrived so quickly! You buy it by the fat quarter (£3 each) and it's 44in wide so I bought 14 fat quarters which equated to 3.5 yards. Turned out to be more than enough for me and so I have a little bit left over which I'm sure I'll manage to use for something else very soon! Isn't it lovely?
I made a quick toile of the bodice and sleeves, cutting a size 38 all round. On the toile this seemed a tiny bit too snug at the waist but fine everywhere else so for the main make I decided to stick with a size 38 and just sew with a 3/8in seam allowance instead of the 5/8in. In the end it's actually more than roomy enough at the waist so maybe that adjustment wasn't necessary but it doesn't matter at all - I'll wear a belt with it most of the time anyway and it's always nice not to worry about too snug a bodice and buttons popping off!
So all in all, I love this dress! It's going to be perfect for winter with tights and a cardi and then through to spring with bare legs. I'm glad I decided to do the 3/4 sleeve because it made me try a new technique in the cuffs (I'm a cuff virgin), which went pretty well, and also I'm a wuss in the winter and always like as long a sleeve as possible. And I like how you can wear the cuffs down, or rolled up.
|Cuffs rolled up|
Another new-to-me technique in this make was the collar. It looked a bit scary but I charged ahead anyway and with the really really excellent instructions in the pattern it was a breeze. OK, so I may have accidentally sewed it in backwards, TWICE, but I think that was an over-tired evening when I should have just gone to bed! I'm also always a bit wary of buttonholes as sometimes my machine decides to make them a ball-ache and chew and chew the fabric but with this they went so well! Maybe because it was a nice sturdy 100% cotton? Anyway, they were so straightforward and I decided to use these adorable little gold heart buttons which I think are a perfect addition.
I wore it to work on Friday and got several compliments which is always nice! I feel good to be challenging myself a fair amount with my sewing at the moment - my Elisalex was a make I took a lot of time and care over, and this one was the same. It came together pretty quickly (mostly because there was a deadline!) but I didn't rush it, and it felt nice to have several quite challenging stages in the make that I could take great care with, and then feel really chuffed when they were complete and looking good. Does that make sense? Hope so. Probably not.
|Mixin' it up with some bench-posing action|
So check out the Fall For Cotton Flickr pool, which has mine and all of the other makes. They're all so impressive! And huge thanks to Rochelle and Tasha for hosting such an excellent sew-along.