Jan 6, 2013

victory!


This is a dress that almost wasn't.  Everything took longer than I thought it should have taken, and by the end, I was so frustrated that I almost didn't bother with hemming.  But now, I'm really glad I did.

This is the Hazel dress from Victory Patterns. I have eyeing these patterns for a while, and I was particularly drawn to the ladylike-ness of Hazel.  Bow blouse plus shift dress plus color-blocking equals love.  I have sewn plenty of children's clothing from digital patterns, but adult clothing digital patterns are a beast of another breed.  All that cutting and taping sucked my enthusiasm a bit, and then cutting this slippery poly crepe georgette sucked a bit more away.  I think just getting the pattern put together and then cut out took three days.  The construction of the dress went fairly quickly, but it was not without frustration.  The pattern instructions are pretty good; my tension on my machine was not.

But enough with the whining.  I LOVE that I fully lined this dress.  I left out the neckline facings and added a bodice lining to the skirt lining, and it feels so good to wear.  I LOVE the colors together.  It doesn't get more girlie than hot pink and deep purple.  When I first put Hazel on, I wasn't sure I loved the style; she's very loose, and I wondered if I looked like I was wearing a sack.  I've worn her twice now, and especially after looking at the pictures, I LOVE the style.  It's easy and flattering and oh-so-ladylike.

In the end, I count this dress as a success.  I was worried for a minute that she wouldn't make it to my closet, but here we are, Hazel and me, so perfect for each other.


11 comments:

  1. I'd say it's a victory! That looks amazing on you! Fantastic fit and fantastic color choice! Seriously amazing!

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  2. Very pretty! I've always liked that pattern. I love your color combo, too.

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  3. This is gorgeous and easily the best version of this pattern I've seen yet. The colours are fantastic-I wouldn't have thought of putting those two fabrics together.

    If it helps-I get all my pdf patterns in the 'copy shop' version (i.e. large-scale untiled pdf) and it costs around Au$6-8 and about 4 minutes to print at my local copy shop. They even slice off excess paper and everything. And the paper is nice and thick (like Kwik Sew used to have).

    I too, line everything (that isn't knit or a shirt/ blouse) it just wears and drapes so much better XD Right, off to browse your archives now. Cheers.

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  4. hot pink and deep purple- my favorite colors, as shown on my WIWW post. : ) what a great combo for color-blocking!

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  5. This dress looks amazing! Now I want to make one for myself :)

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  6. You look like a modern Elizabeth Bennett! I have had to use Georgette on several ballet costumes and it is not my favorite. Nice work on getting it to do what you wanted!

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  7. You look beautiful--I love the color combo, and it's awesome that you made the dress yourself! I haven't yet gotten ambitious enough to sew myself a dress in my sewing adventures, but I hope to, soon!

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  8. You look beautiful--I love the color combo, and it's awesome that you made the dress yourself! I haven't yet gotten ambitious enough to sew myself a dress in my sewing adventures, but I hope to, soon!

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  9. This is really sharp- I'm glad you persevered!

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  10. Love this dress! I agree, taping together adult PDF patterns is not the most fun. The only thing that keeps me coming back to PDFs is that if the size is wrong I can reprint it! You were brave to make a whole dress out of this fabric. I have yet to sew with such a tricky fabric. You have inspired me to give it a try!

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