Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Flower Power with Mood's Nile Green and Black Cotton Floral





Can you believe it. July hurried by without much notice. It's been unusually cool for the month of July. We've had temperatures in the upper 70's by day and by night as low as 55 degrees. I had hoped for a much warmer summer after our Siberia winter. But instead we've only had a few hot weeks where the temps were above 90.



My plans were to sew as many summer dresses before the return of the polar vortex. The good thing is it not to cool for the summer dress production to continue. Last week I finished my August Mood project and it has all the essence of a summer garden party frock. Like many of the other network bloggers, I routinely check the new arrivals to scope out the new pretties before they vanish. As I was scrolling through the many swatches, I saw this lovely Nile green and black cotton floral print. It's beautiful and has several colors of my color palette. This soft semi-sheer cotton is slightly heavier than voile and it has a glossy finish similar to sateen. This summery print works well with Mood's white cotton voile, which I used to line this dress.



For this dress I used the bodice of Butterick 4443-F and the skirt of Vogue 8555-F. Both used in previous projects. Often I like to play around with mixing and matching bodices and skirts of different dress patterns.

The bodice is size 14 modified with my standard adjustments plus a little extra at the side seams.

For the skirt (size 14) I only added about an inch to the length and made adjusted the back and side pleats. The bodice from B4443 is my favorite out of the three included in the pattern. The pleated skirt from Vogue 8555 was a great alternative and provided an opportunity for different full skirt silhouette.

Pictures are really worth a thousand words. I had not noticed that the sleeve was slightly higher in the front than in the back until I looked at the pictures last Friday. They were set as stated in the guide sheet, but after my adjustments, I needed to lower the front about a half inch. This is an easy fix that I will address this week. Everything is fine.



The skirt has a pleat on each side. I did not like the suggested method for making them. So I attached the pocket pieces to the front and back skirt. Then sew the front and back skirt together. Lastly, I formed the pleat (without stitching) then attached the bodice to the skirt.



The entire dress is lined with white cotton voile. I added lace to the hem of the skirt lining and stitched a 1.5 inch hem in the skirt. I hand pitched a regular zipper adding seed beads along the stitching line. I think because this fabric is so light and smooth, zipper installation was not as easy as it has been in the past with using this technique. So I have a little zipper exposure.





All in all I really like my new dress. I wore it to lunch with a few of my sewing lady friends at the Zodiac Room in Nieman Marcus on Thursday. Throughout the day, I received a quite a few compliments. Shh.., they did not know the sleeves were slightly off kilter. ;-)


I will probably use both patterns again. They have the essential elements for a nice skirt waist dress.

Happy Sewing!
C

52 comments:

  1. Lovely! Great colours and silhouette. I have been exploring fit and flare options and I really appreciate all the detail. Thank you! Hand picked zip? (my favourite application)

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I thought a handpicked zipper was a nice touch. Plus I haven't done one in a while.

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  2. Very pretty. But those colours on you are beyond amazing! I think I ordered a swatch of this fabric a while back. It was lovely but I wasn't sure about so much floral. You make it work beautifully though.

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  3. Great fabric and love the hand stitched zipper with beads!

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. I like to switch zipper application everyone once in awhile.

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  4. so pretty what a great shape on you. a bit retro and very flattering. And I bet so lovely to wear.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. I really like this dress. I've wore it twice in less than two weeks. ;-)

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  5. That dress is so gorgeous and the fabric so yummy. You performed a perfect marriage of fabric and cut. The pattern matching is superb.

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    1. Thanks, Badmomgoodmom. I wasn't trying to match all pattern/seams just make sure the print didn't land in an unflattering location on my body. If that makes sense.

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  6. This is such a lovely dress on you.

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  7. Lovely summer frock. I love the cap sleeves. It looks comfortable too.

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    1. Thanks, Robin. It is a great summer dress.

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  8. Seriously gorgeous fabric and dress! Just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. When I first saw it, I had to have it. Initially, I thought about making a maxi dress, as Mood suggested, but decided a full skirt dress was better.

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  9. Love your beautiful dress. What a fabulous print with fun colors. You look gorgeous.

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  10. I really love your dress. What a great match along the zipper.

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  11. This is lovely and so very flattering on you. There's a lot to be said for sticking with one's color pallette. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Bunny. My concern with this skirt style is the length. I wanted it to be the best for my inverted triangle shape. My DD said, "Mom, it doesn't matter." Tee Hee.

      The color pallette comes in handy when purchasing clothes and fabric.

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  12. Now I know the story behind the dress. The pictures do not do justice as you absolutely shine in this dress in person.

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  13. It is great to know that I'm not the only person who combines patterns, or alters them so much that no one can discern one pattern from the other. Your dress is beautiful. The inside details truly make this a remarkable garment. As for the pocket construction... I started ignoring pattern instructions and using my own techniques to get the job done a long, long time ago. The pocket construction you describe is by far more time efficient and the end result is often better. Congratulations on another job well done.

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    1. Thank, Vernelle. I've combining patterns for years. What's the since in trying to draft the style when you already have a pattern that fits the bill. I hated the pocket instructions.

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    2. My sentiments exactly! I was surprised to learn that a sewing buddy who had been at it about as long as I had never considered combining patterns until I mentioned it to her. That was a long time ago, but at that time, we had both been sewing for about 20 years. She's been doing it ever since. She admitted that she simply had never considered using two patterns to make one garment. I also lengthen blouse patterns to make dresses. A piece of cake in my opinion. Again... I've talked with sewing buddies who never considered it. Like you said... it just makes sense to get all you can out of your patterns.

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    4. Truthful statement. Thank you for your compliment and dialogue on this post.

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  14. This might just be your best dress ever in my humble opinion!

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  15. Oh, dear lady! This dress looks so nice ... love the color palette and the fit is perfect ... You look so chic!

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  16. You are so gorgeous! And what a lovely dress!

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  17. This is absolutely beautiful! I love it!

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  18. Oh don't you look gorgeous in your beautiful dress.

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  19. Beautiful! I love the fabric and the dress--great job!

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  20. I don't know which is shining more, you or this beautiful dress! Great work and it continues to warm my heart to see our craft alive and strong in today's society!

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    1. Hi Myra,
      Thanks. I'm glad sewing is alive and strong too.

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  21. Cenetta, that is a gorgeous dress! Great use of the fabric and love how you matched up the flower in the back near the zipper. Very flattering look on you and your white wedge shoes are perfect for this!!!

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    1. Thanks, Linda.
      This is one of my favorite summer dresses of 2014.

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  22. Beautiful fabric for this lovely dress. You did an amazing job with all of the details. We'd love to share some of this Florida heat with you!

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