Sunday, 25 January 2015

{Operation Handmade Wardrobe} A Vintage Tea Dress

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I’m pretty sure this is my first make for the year… yup, in fact it is. With plans to sew a few more things for my wardrobe this year (including, but not limited to this list), I thought that it was fitting that I start with something for me.

I originally planned to use this this gorgeous Joel Dewberry Bungalow Rayon Challis fabric for a different dress. But I really love the vintage style and instead decided to make New Look 6262, (my first paper/ non-PDF pattern in quite a while); which I purchased from Pattern Postie. I liked that it was a simple pattern with many different sleeve and neckline variations, and I also liked the versions others had made that I discovered when I did a Google image search of the pattern.

After mulling over a few pre-sewing concerns I had about fit/ cutting the right size, I chose to make the size 12 Misses based on my measurements and I’m pretty happy with how the fit turned out. The front is perfect, I’m so happy with my darts and invisible zipper installation and hot pink binding around the arm holes; but I do have a slight gape at the top of the back neckline, which only became obvious after I’d completed the dress. (It turns out that I should have done a narrow shoulders adjustment.) Ah well, live and learn – and I’m going to try and put some small darts in the back to rectify this (I’m not taking that zip out for anyone!)

I can’t wait to make more of these dresses. Next time I might shorten the torso a touch to make the waist a little higher, and of course I’ll do a narrow back adjustment.



Have you been doing any sewing so far this year? What are your sewing plans? I’d love to know!

Jen x


BigLittle said...

Looks gorgeous jenny! Those colours look great on yo, you must be stoked. I had big plans for making more things for myself this year too, but when I went all gung ho buying patterns and fabric, I wasn't thinking about being pregnant... Oops :). Will have to wait until spring to see what size I might end up before cutting up all my precious new fabric! Never mind I can amuse myself with baby things in the meantime :)

Nat @sewoutnumbered said...

Beautiful Jenny! So summery and fun :) I have a bunch of things cut out but no time to sew them at the moment boo hoo :( Hoping to get a chance in the next couple of weeks.

Crazy Mother Crafter said...

It's gorgeous! I am hoping to do the same one day, I think it's such an awesome thing to be able to sew your own clothes!

Lauren Moore said...

This dress is amazing! You look so cheerful and summery.

Miriam said...

that fabric is totally gorgeous. I have written a big sewing list this year for myself too here not all clothes and sewing though.

This pattern looks really good on you. Lovely! (love your footsie tan lines too!) xx

Hootnz said...

First off that fabric is stunning!!! And second I think I've just found a favorite to add to my dress patterns!! That looks gorgeous on you, and the zipper installation is mint!.....I can see this being a favourite in your wardrobe! Don't you think! :)