Sunday, October 03, 2010

Told you I'd been sewing! (AKA: A Little Autumn Dress)

Pattern:
The pattern is New Look 6922. This is a screamingly simple knit dress with a gathered neckline. I replaced the cap sleeves with a bound armhole. I also omitted the back center seam, placing the back at the fold and removing the seam allowance.
The pattern starts at a size 10; I cut the front in a size 10 and graded the back piece down to a size 6.
(Apologies for the blurriness. Most of the pictures came out more or less out of focus, but I figured this was better than waiting for a next opportunity to take pictures!)

Be aware that this dress is fitted. The amount of ease is something you have no way of knowing from the cheap sketch on the pattern envelope. It looks almost sacky on the envelope, but the minimal ease makes this prettier than the pattern shows.

As the assembly was very quick, I chose not to skimp on the finishing, so I stitched the binding and the invisible hem by hand.
(I was remarking in this shot that the leaves from this tree were looking pretty bad)

Fabric:
The fabric is my last bit from my regular visits to Amsterdam 2 years ago (sigh! Finding knit cotton prints, or even solids for that matter, is utterly impossible here). I usually stay well away from autumn colours, but figured that the orange was sufficiently scattered among the dark brown that I could pull it off. The brown is cool, not warm (I can pull cool browns and reds, but not warmer shades), which is ultimately why I got the fabric.

I really like the modern paisley motif, and the colours make this a nice seasonal dress. I wore it as is (with sandals) earlier this month, but now that the weather has cooled off, I plan on wearing it with a cardigan, nude tights, and the shoes that I'm wearing in the pictures.
I am back to sewing much more regularly - not much, as September was hectic, but my sewing mojo is definitely back, and it feels great!

20 comments:

Lori said...

Very pretty dress.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Beautiful dress, glad to know you are sewing again.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a lovely dress on you! Great job on the dress and it is wonderful that you are sewing again!

Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous! You are so right about finding great prints in knits. Nice score on this print.
What do I do to get my mojo back?
FYI, the New Look pants in this style have excellent fit. I made them in matching fabric and shortened the dress to a tunic for a retro 70's look.
Thanks for sharing your fine work with us.

KarenV said...

That is so gorgeous! I adore the fabric, autumn colours are my favourite :)

Amanda S. said...

What a flattering dress on you! I'm glad to see you back to sewing, even if it's just a little bit.

mermaids said...

adorable dress! you have a such a good sense of what will flatter your figure.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

A very pretty dress and it looks great on you.

Yulwen said...

Superbe !!! Et très classe :)
L'imprimé rend très bien avec ce modèle. Bref je suis fan sur toute la ligne ;)
Ca fait plaisir de te revoir coudre (et c'est inspirant).
Gros bisous.

marysews said...

I like the dress, and I'm also glad you got your sewing mojo back!

Lilian said...

Great fall dress! And I'm glad you're back into sewing. I like everything you make but your sewing I like best!

meredithp said...

Very pretty. Love the print and it fits you beautifully.

Little Hunting Creek said...

Beautiful dress - very fall. It looks great on you

Jali said...

Lovely dress! It's nice to see you sewing as well since I love your interpretations in fabrics best.

Tracy said...

This is sooo pretty, Isabelle! :o) I really like the fabric with autumn glow... and the dress silhouette is wonderful--is suits you so well! Glad to see you sewing more. Happy Autumn Days my friend. I sent you an email about the jewelry--so sorry. :o( ((LOVE & HUGS))

Maeve said...

The picture on the pattern envelope really doesn't do that dress justice! Autumn colors are among my favorites, partly because so many of them are warm tones and almost always will look good on me. The tones in the fabric you chose do look wonderful on you. :)

Cindy Ann said...

Lovely dress! I must look for that pattern.

Karoline said...

Lovely dress, congratulations

Lisbei said...

J'aime beaucoup le tissu que tu as choisi, délicieusement automnal !

Anonymous said...

très belle et dans des couleurs bien chaudes, bravo!

biiizzz

Doris