Stripes!

This was a very quick sew in a very busy time of the uni semester!

I found this fabric, once again, at the op shop for $5.  I measured it very roughly (1 pace = 1 metre) and I think there was about 8m there.  Not too shabby!

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I’ve been wanting a jersey dress, but didn’t want to fork out for a pattern.  Then I remembered that I had the Built By Wendy book, Sew U Home Stretch.

I made the basic dress pattern with long sleeves, since I’d been a bit cold that day – it actually turned out pretty well!

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The size was pretty spot on (my fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch) and it sewed up super easily.

I love the long sleeves, but the puffed sleeve caps aren’t really my thing.  To be fair, I knew this beforehand, but couldn’t be bothered adjusting it.

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I’m also not really sure it’s the most flattering style on me – it definitely brings unwanted attention to my belly.  I think a fuller skirt might have worked better for this – I like the bodice just fine.  Probably the vertically striped waistband was a mistake, too.  It worked better in my head.

stripe-overloadThe stripes were quite overwhelming, with the below-the-knee skirt and long sleeves.  It was a little bit horrific!  I had a good giggle, then pulled the skirt up in the mirror until it was at a length that worked better with the proportions.  It’s much shorter than what I usually like, but also much more wearable.  Definitely needs tights underneath or my paranoia reaches epic proportions!

I do like this dress.

It’s probably a bit unfair to point out all the problems with it when I really think of it as a wearable muslin.  Plenty good for a first go and I wear it a lot – win!

Plus, I really need to sew more knit dresses!  So quick to sew, easier to fit, easy to wear.  Perfect.

Linen Flora of Trials

Not going to lie, I was super excited when By Hand London released the Flora pattern.  I love the look of the wrap bodice and the gigantic skirt – I just had to have it.

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I was just about to click the “Purchase” button when my brother asked me what I wanted for my birthday (the next day – he’s nothing if not organised).  We were both out of ideas, so he just paid for the pattern.  Heh, works for me!

Despite my initial insane enthusiasm for this dress (you know, when blogland is taken over by pretty versions of the same dress and all of a sudden I MUST HAVE IT NOW), this sat for a while before I made it up.  Life, etc.

The fabric is from The Fabric Store in Fortitude Valley.  Man, I love that place.  They carry such beautiful fabrics, it’s a real step up from the stores I generally frequent on the Gold Coast!  This is from the remnant bin – $18 for 2m of gorgeous royal blue linen.  This is one of my favourite colours to wear.  It suits me, I know it suits me and I love it.  Perfect, easy.  So it was a no brainer I zeroed in on this one!

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Despite the lovely outer fabric, I lined this dress with a questionable synthetic-something from the op shop.  In hindsight, cotton would have been better, but I was out of that at the time.

This sewed up nice and easily.  My muslin fit pretty much spot on – my actual dress is a bit baggy through the underarms and bodice.  One of these days I’ll learn to fit properly.  Maybe.

Leveling the hem was an absolute nightmare.  Loose(ish) weave fabric plus a circle skirt leads to some very challenging times!flora-skirt

It took Mum and I forever and I’m not even sure it’s entirely straight, but I’m kind of past the point of caring right now.  The dress is hemmed!  Moving on with my life!

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It’s kind of tainted the whole experience though – hemming took 3 weeks to get around to, then 2 days of back and forthing with measuring and pins and asking mum “Is it straight yet?”.  So I forgot what a breeze the rest of construction was and just focused on the hemming hell.

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Looking at the photos though, I absolutely adore this dress.

It’s a bit more crumpled and casual than I’d planned (because, duh, it’s linen Laura) but it’s gorgeous.  I love the colour, I love the style.  I even love that it’s a bit loose around the bodice – I like the way that works with the fabric.

The only thing I’m not 100% sure on is the neckline – it’s a bit more low cut than I usually wear and I think it will take a bit of getting used to.

I’ll probably make this again, but not for a while and definitely in a nice easy cotton!