Zadie under the rain
Hi everyone! I’m back! Already three weeks without writing to you on the blog! I’m sorry about that! But between my week-end in London with Suzy Magazine (there’s still time to pre-order your copy by the way!), and our move, I was pretty busy! Moreover, we are still waiting for the transfer of our internet, which complicates things to import my photos on the blog.
But we are getting there! Most of the box are unpacked, the decoration is gradually put in place, so it’s time for me to come back to the blog to talk about a project that I’ve sewn a few weeks ago : The Zadie dress, from Tilly & The Buttons. I showed it to you on my podcast last month, but it was time that I showed it to you on here too! It was very difficult to take pictures during the months of February and March, because of the weather, however we were able to take advantage of a clear day a few weeks ago to photograph this dress… Only to be snuck up upon by some more rain!
As I have already mentioned, although I adore vintage dresses (the Cambie dress from Sewaholic for example), the jersey dresses are perfect for my current Mom’s daily. Comfortable, pretty, and they usually don’t wrinkle: this is exactly what I need! After making a lot of ‘Moneta’, I discovered the ‘Aldaia’ dress this winter (by Pauline Alice), I was glad to try a new one: ‘Zadie’.
I have already sewn several patterns of Tilly & The Buttons (like the top ‘Agnes’ recently) and I am always happy with them: well made, without error, very well explained … Very professional work in my opinion. I went for the size UK8, as it generally fits me quite well.
‘Zadie’ is a knit dress, with different yokes that allow you to play with colourblock, two large pockets and a skirt with pleats on the front and the back. It took me a lot of time to choose my fabric …. I had spotted a very nice mustard knit online, but I found it too Spring like for the season (I had planned to sew it in January but I was actually able to realize it only late February …). So I decided to go for this grey fabric with yellow mustard print, from WCollections. Unfortunately I will not hide from you that I was very disappointed with this fabric, which is actually sold a a rather high price. The problem when buying online is that you see only one side of the fabric… When I received it I realized that the inside was white, and not grey … and you can see it a little in the seams which is a shame. Also, although it is very soft and very pleasant, I find the fabric rather weighted and a little ‘heavy’ to wear which is not always very flattering. Not the best knit fabric I could find and it’s a shame!
Regarding the dress, you need to know that the pattern is not for beginners because the level is quite high. I advise you to sew several garments in jersey before you tackle this project. It is not complicated in itself, it just takes quite a long time to sew all the pieces together, and certain steps (like the pockets) are quite delicate to achieve. I used to sew all my dresses with the overlocker but for this project it is not possible: I’ve made almost all of it with the sewing machine (and double needle hems), and I used the overlocker only for inside finishes. The instructions are very clear, and accompanied by photos, but if it is still difficult to understand for you, know that Tilly made a sew along on her blog!
I like the results of this dress but I think that I could have chosen the size below for the waist because I find it a little wide on me. I really have a problem with dresses too wide at the moment!! It remains very comfortable and after wearing it a few times already, I’m getting used to it! Have a lovely end of the week!