Today, I’m going tell you two stories. The first one is about a pattern I wanted to make for months : Sylphide dress from Papercut Pattern, a pattern compagny based in New-Zeland. I’ve seen this dress for the first time on Sophie’s blog (Ada Spragg). I loved her version, so nice and fresh. I kept this dress in mind but couldn’t pass the step to afford the pattern.
The second story is my discovery of chambray fabric. You see, as I started to sew again during automne, I never had the chance yet to try it, and shops in Montreal usually don’t have any. I looked online for nice chambray, and Cynthia, from the shop Little Fabrics, uploaded a picture on Instagram with all her new chambray. I nicely waited for her to put them on the eshop, and I couldnt believe it when she did. So many nice colours! Plain or with stripes, you can definitely find what you look for. You couldn’t believe how surprised I was when she proposed to give me some chambray of my choice for a project, of my choice! Thanks again Cynthia! It took me hours to choose the color of the chambray. You see, I’m usually a blue kinda girl. But tis time, I wanted to surprise myself and leave my confort zone, so I went for purple. By the way, there is a new pop up chat on Little Fabrics website, where Cynthia offers you really good advices and help.
It was -indeed- the perfect time to order the pattern that I loved so much. I ordered it after I’ve seen the version of Craft Sanctuary in a blue chambray. You see, I had seen versions of this dress before but always in a very thin fabric like silk. I really liked her version and finally bought it. I had to wait around two weeks to receive the pattern, as it had to cross the entire world i guess! But I was really content when I finally had in the mail : very cute packaging, perfect thick paper and very clear instructions. Cynthia’s parcel went very fast from France to Canada, and was neat as always.
For once -I know I should do it every time – I washed my fabric! And the colour stayed the same. I did the exact pattern and follow the instructions, and haven’t changed anything. However, I’ve noticed that in every single version of this dress, the skirt is -very very- short. So as I had just enough fabric, I added 5 cm at the bottom. As I said already, explanations are really clear, but I’ve used Lladybird post (Sew along) about the collar as I wasn’t sure how to sew it.
This dress is made with a circle skirt, and a top with too darts on the front, and two darts on the back, and a collar ending on the front by a bow. The collar is quite long so you can attach it and make a small or a big bow, depending on your choice. Personally, I went for a small bow, as I like to have the rest of the collar on the front. I finished the dress and when I tried it on….catastrophic. It was way too long and result really wasn’t nice at all. It looked a bit old on me to be honest. So I decided to cut the bottom as it’s supposed to be. I think I should have tried to leave about 2cm more anyway before cutting all 5…. As I didn’t want to loose more cm, I haven’t hemmed the bottom but added an interior bias.
I ended up taking off 1cm of width from the sleeves. I bought the buttons in a shop in Montreal, I really like nacre colour. And if you have the chance to have a sewing machine which make automatic buttonholes, just go for it! It’s probably my favorite part now! The collar was a little displaced during the session because of the wind (and probably the way I ironed it) but I’ve noticed it once we were back home on the pictures.
I’m very satisfied with this chambray fabric, and I just love all the colours available in the eshop. The stripes versions look perfect too and offers a proper change compare to the blue/grey chambray we are used to see everywhere. And you, have you ever tried this pattern? What do you think about this brand? And about chambray fabric? Have a nice week!
Dress : Homemade, La sylphide (Papercut Pattern)
Bag : Little Burgundy
Nail polish : Sephora
Photographs : Rosemont-Petite Patrie, Montréal
** Disclaimer : I was not compensated for this post, although I did receive the fabric for free. All the opinions expressed in this post are mine and sincere.