Before I go on holiday for two weeks, I wanted to share with you my last article for this month! Months ago I saw a really nice dress on Pinterest, which was from the fashion website Flashes of style : this one. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I really wanted to make one similar to it. So I tried for a long time to find a pattern which would be close to this dream dress. Not so easy. One day, one of my friends showed me the new look 6208 pattern saying the back was really similar to the dress I was waiting to make. She was right so big thanks to her! However I wasn’t a massive fan of the front of the dress, which wasn’t really what I was looking for. I tried to find another pattern for it, and went for the Opale Dress from Grains de couture book, which I have already made here.
I used the same size as my first dress for the Opale front and for the skirt. And I used the NL 6802 pattern for the back. I’ve altered it a little bit here and there and changed the armholes so it will mix easily with the Opale. The sleeves are shorter than on the original pattern so that it looks more like what I was aiming for. I used my tutorial to make the bows. I hesitated a little on the size of the bows: do I make them small as on the picture of the dress, or do I make them bigger? I went for bigger in the end so it can be easily seen. I sewed them on the larges strips so it holds the back pieces together. The middle strip covers the bra completely, so you can’t see it when you wear the dress. Regarding the choice of size on the Opale pattern, I went for the same as last time (36) but when I look at the picture, I think maybe I could have taken the size 38 as the fabric is very different from the viscose I used before. It looks a bit tight even if I’m really comfy in it. So I’ve learned here that, depending on what fabric you use, the result can be very different.
The bows have been hand sewn onto the centre. I’ve actually sewn them before on the sides as well, but when we tried to take the pictures the first time (they were not good because of the light), I realised looking at them that you could actually see the stitches! Awful! So I took them off and now I’m happy that they look better because the back of the dress seems less rigid. This dress could be a good muslin as I’ve noticed some mistakes on it. The back could do with being a bit longer, as it wasn’t easy to sew with the back skirt. I should have added a few centimetres more. I find as well that the back is curling a bit sometimes when I’m moving. You can’t see it when I’m sitting or not moving, but it’s not ideal when I’m busy doing things so I’ll have to find a way to improve on this next time. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this dress as it’s the very first time I’ve tried to change the back like this. I’ve already worn it a few times, and I really like the style of it. I wasn’t sure about the colour of the fabric when I received it, I think I would have liked it a little darker, that’s always the problem when you order online right? But in the end, as it’s for summer, the colour suits the season. So, what do you think?Dress : Handmade Shoes : Camper Photographs : Place Jacques Cartier, Montréal
Happy Holidays everybody, have fun and rest well!