Monday, 9 March 2015

Almost nailed it.



We're still on the tulip dress at Raccoon HQ. It's lucky my model is so patient.

This is the third draft of the pattern so far, and it's very nearly there.  In fact to the untrained eye it's actually there, but I want to fiddle with the fit at the back of the skirt.  I've now figured out where to alter it without compromising the beautiful rosebud shape of the skirt.  (Yes, I'm still thinking of this as the rosebud dress.)

I was overconfident when embarking on this version. I had some cotton fabric with metallic print for the bodice, and some soft grey cotton voile for the skirt.  I added some metallic fabric paint to the grey skirt panels to tie it in with the bodice, and it seems I expended a lot of energy on doing that when I need to make yet another toile.

D'oh. Well at least I'm not working in horribly expensive silks.

Here you can see the shape is lovely at the front.  I'm thinking that the hemline is still a bit too wide all over though. so I’ll alter that.


I found a way to reduce as much bulk as possible in the construction for this dress, but a different method of construction popped into my head, so I'll be trying that as well.

Incidentally, the skirt looks a tad purple-y because it's a very fine grey voile over a purple lining.  I plan to make an underskirt in the purple of the lining. If all goes well.


As you can see, the back is a much smoother curve than that horrible angle in the yellow toile I showed a couple of posts ago.  But I still think I want to tweak it a bit.

Nicely shaped bum.

Badly shaped bum.

So off I trot, to have another bash at it.   I'm happy to sew a dozen test garments if it all comes right in the end. I almost gave up on this design completely but for a few words of encouragement from the marvellous Tommy Courtney.

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11 comments :

  1. Well done - it's looking fab now! I imagine Delyth and Rhiannon will want a dress like this!!

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    1. I'm tempted to try one in satin, although I'm terrified of satin. But it would look very rose-like I think.

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    2. If I can make something in satin you can too!!! Yes I think satin would look lovely - I could see it with a lace overskirt as well... but that's just because I like lace!!

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    3. If I can make something in satin you can too!!! Yes I think satin would look lovely - I could see it with a lace overskirt as well... but that's just because I like lace!!

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    4. I should be brave and try. A lace overlay sounds lovely!

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    5. Now I want to fiddle with satin and lace again but I have a half dressed Gigi waiting patiently (as only Patience can) for dungarees and Mimi and Bel looking on wistfully thinking they'll never get theirs at this rate ... so dungarees it is... lol!!

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    6. You could always try satin dungarees, lol. although I tried a pair of satin trews for Ell years ago, and they didn't come out right.

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  2. I really admire your persistence with this especially as I`m in no kind of sewing mood myself. Le sigh....

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    1. Aw, it's horrible when the will to sew has just up and gone. I did nearly give up but now I'm glad I stuck at it. Don't worry, inspiration will strike again. <3

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    2. Thanks Tess. The big question is when though? I've hardly picked up a needle since Dec and just don't feel like I'm ever going to want to again :(

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    3. Ugh. *hugs* Give it time and when you're wandering through the internet, maybe something will ignite you again.

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