Thursday, April 14, 2011

Back to Sewing - a little dress for work

Summer has decided to come early this year, and here in Southern France, summer means business. This means I need some new dresses, and probably a few skirts, too :)

Here's one I made for work - New Look 6643.

I have used this pattern in the past, with great results. I do like this dress - especially the colour, which I really love; but I am disappointed in the fabric, which looked nice, but now that it is sewn up, just hasn't such a great, stable weave to it. Sigh. I paid good money for this fabric.
Finding nice fabrics locally is proving more and more difficult, which largely explains my lack of sewing. I know some of you out here find it frustrating, and believe you me, so do I! Finding decent knits to sew is absolutely impossible, but even good wovens are becoming few and far between. Thankfully, Melissa is coming over from the UK soon, and she's bringing me a few fabulous knits :) It means I can finally dare and use up the last few pieces that I have left! :)
Still, I do like this dress, enjoyed wearing it to work, and even got complimented on it by utter strangers. :)

(the state of the lawn is a long story - basically our landlady decided to hire a gardener to do it months ago, but he never showed up :( we just told the landlady enough was enough, and we're turning over the garden this evening and planting a new lawn ourselves tomorrow!)

32 comments:

Lori said...

Your dress is beautiful and the color looks so good on you.

cidell said...

Oh, that color is gorg on you. I'm sorry about the tough time finding good fabric. I can't even fathom. I have a ginormous bin just of knits. If I ever come to France, I'll load up my suitcase for you ;)

a little sewing said...

Very pretty dress. The color is beautiful. I hope the fabric holds up and I am glad you have more fabric on the way!

Rebecca said...

well, less than stellar fabric quality or not, the dress is gorgeous and you look spectacular in it - great color for you!
we'll really have to figure something out about this fabric shopping experience :P
cant wait to see you sometime

Maricou said...

Isabelle, je suis contente de voir que tu as retrouvé goût à la couture, (j'adore la couleur de cette robe. Je souscris totalement à ton découragement face à la difficulté de trouver de bons tissus en France. Je ne cesse de pester et de m'insurger contre cette pénurie. Sans parler de la mercerie et autres entoilage, c'est à s'arracher les cheveux et pourtant je persiste et signe.
Je vais finir par me rabattre sur le net, mais j'avoue que c'est très dur de se rendre compte de ce rend un tissu sans le voir et le toucher.
Bon courage et bonne couture quand même.

Mary Beth said...

Looks great!

Amanda S. said...

Very pretty! The color is so nice on you!

Marie-Christine said...

I know just what you mean.. All I can say is a couple days a year in Montmartre make all the difference. One in the Fall, one in the Spring, and you're sure to at least not completely run out of fabric. You family will understand :-), even if they don't wish to accompany you.

Helene said...

Jolie robe, elle te va très bien.
Moi je ne fais plus de couture en ce moment... pas le temps de tout faire, pas de place dans mon petit appart' pour sortir la machine et déployer les tissus... la laine, c'est plus facile à manipuler... et à trouver dans de belles qualités ;-)

Shashi Nayagam said...

What a pretty little dress and I love that colour, one of my favourites.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Isabelle, this is a great looking dress on you and I love the color! Glad you are back to sewing clothing because I always loved your interpretation of patterns!

melissa said...

Gorgeous dress! That colour is just splendid on you!

And your fabrics are just waiting here, aching to join your stash. :)

Tracy said...

WOW--LOVE the color, that teal/petrol is fabulous and look so great on you, Isabelle! And the style is just terrific--so flattering, and good for any occasion really. It is not easy to get knit fabrics here either. Most sewing or craft shops seem to supply only cottons for hobby sewers/quilters. Nothing wrong with that, for I quilt too...LOL! But I've not sewn clothing in ever so long, mostly frustrated with cloth selection and prices for what I do find. I've taken to altering what I have that's old to make it look fresh. Have you thought about an obi or sash/belt for your dress to change the look? You're so slender you could pull that look off. ;o) Happy Spring Days, my friend ((LOVE & HUGS))

Vicki said...

Love the colour too! Looks very classy on you.

marysews said...

Nice dress! I'm also impressed that two of my favorite bloggers will be getting together soon.

Armelle said...

tres jolie.... ce patron est à retenir... ;o)

Lisette M said...

Beautiful dress, the color and neckline are lovely on you. Good luck with the lawn, that is a big job!

Jali said...

That's a beautiful fit and a very flattering dress on you. It seems like the weather is perfect to work some magic on the lawn:).

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I love the color! It is one of my favorites and so flattering on you. It will be a great dress for summer (which is taking its time arriving here). I am so lucky to be a 5 hour bus ride from NYC, as well as having all the online resources in the US. How dreadful not to be able to get the right fabrics!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Love this dress on you. The lack of good fabric must be very frustrating, hopefully you will find a hidden local gem of a store in your travels :)

coonieandplume said...

C'est une très jolie robe dans une couleur que tu portes à merveille.
J'ai ce patron également et j'ai fait une robe dedans mais malheureusement, j'aurai dû opter pour une taille inférieure pour la partie "épaules" car c'est trop larges et cela tombe tout le temps. Il faudra que je refasse un essai un de ces jours.

Bon WE à toi. Gros bisous

Summerset said...

That is an amazing dress! You look great in it and it is such a beautiful color on you.

nowaks nähkästchen said...

The dress looks really wonderful, pattern and color are so great for you!

And I envy you for the weather... we have some days we could leave the house without a jacket in the afternoon, but short sleeves... not to think about it. :o)

(I wouldn't know what to do sewingwise without being in Paris regularily... we have a lot of fabric stores in Cologne, but they never have what I like. So my fabric still comes mostly from Paris. And sometimes from Berlin...)

Karoline said...

The dress is lovely, congratulations

lau said...

...et moi je ne découvre ton super blog qu'aujourd'hui! (et actif depuis 2004 en +...)

Felicity said...

It looks absolutely fabulous!

Anonymous said...

The dress is lovely and the color looks very flattering. You commented that the weave was not very stable - are there any tricks for finding knits that don't have this problem?

Isabelle said...

Merci beaucoup, everyone!! :)
@ Anonymous (??): this isn't a knit - it's woven cotton. The trick for both knits and wovens is to manipulate them stretch the fabric in all three ways - vertically, horizontally, and diagonally to see how it behaves.
A good stable knit should have good recovery, i.e. not stretch too loosely (for want of a better word) when you stretch it (you should feel a certain spring to it), and go immediately back to its shape when you release the tension.
Wovens are trickier to assess in the shop IMO. In my case, anyway, I was in a tiny fabric shop with a supercilious shop owner - there was no way I could even touch the fabric :( Maybe others more versed than I am in the art of assessing fabric may contribute some more information.

Lisbei said...

Hello ma chère amie !
Elle est magnifique ta nouvelle robe, moi aussi j'aime beaucoup cette couleur qui hésite entre le bleu paon et le turquoise !
Bises !

mpcocotte said...

Hyper hyper chic, pour le choix du modèle, du tissu et de la couleur. Je te rejoins, pour trouver de jolis tissus. J'ai d'ailleurs craqué et acheté une robe en crepe de soie, car de toutes façons je n'aurais jamais trouvé à coudre. Mais revenons à cette robe, très féminine sans etre trop sexy, parfaite pour faire la belle l'air de rien en allant bosser, tout ce dont on rêve quoi!
Des bises

Rose said...

It IS difficult to find nice fabric here, except maybe in Paris where you can go and stock up. But as a rule, knits as especially difficult to find, maybe because sewing knits is very unusual in our already limited community ?
Keep trying, maybe the stores will listen to us one day :)

manlygirl said...

I finished view A of this dress in the exact same colour this weekend. My fabric is the type that looks crushed. I am very happy with it. I lined the dress with some satin.
I agree with you about the unavailability of nice knit fabrics. Actually it is difficult to buy the lovely fabrics you see in manufactured clothes. I am in Australia. Clothing manufacturers have the fabric made for them only.