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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!

Dress : Zadie, Tilly and the Buttons
Coat : La redoute
Bag : Zatchel company
Shoes : Georgia Rose

Comments

  • 31 March 2017
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    Il a l’air tres beau ce tissu, c’est dommage que tu ne sois pas conquise !!! En tout cas ta robe est tres jolie sous la pluie ?. Les petits motifs apportent le soleil !!!

  • 1 April 2017
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    Hi there! I like your dress!
    I don’t find the wide waist disgraceful, and if it’s confortable, then it’s rather a good news 🙂
    Th e fabric seems cool, even if I understand your being disappointed by the inside… from the photos (which are really well shot) one has to be very close to see it!
    I admire your work and your shooting under the rain… don’t be sick and have a nice week end 😉

  • 1 April 2017
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    Je la trouve très jolie ! On voit qu’elle est confortable, elle donne envie d’être portée !

  • 1 April 2017
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    Elle est tres belle, j’adore le tissu!

  • 1 April 2017
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    Cette robe est très jolie sur les photos et la taille choisie ne parait pas trop grande, du moins sur les photos. Cette coupe te vas vraiment bien, peut être même plus que les autres modèles; les poches lui donnent toute son originalité. Pour l’instant, c’est la plus jolie version que j’ai vu sur le net. Tes photos sont sublimes… comme d’habitude !

  • 2 April 2017
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    Cassiope

    Cette robe est ravissante, je la préfère nettement ainsi, en une seule couleur que celles proposées sur le site. J’aurais aimé connaitre la marque et le modèle de ta machine à coudre, j’aimerai en acheter une plus perfectionnée et je ne sais pas vers quel modèle me tourner, ton expérience serait précieuse. Je reproche , entre autre à la mienne, de ne pas savoir coudre plusieurs épaisseurs de tissus épais, comme du jean ou du lainage pour un manteau par exemple….

  • 2 April 2017
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    Elle est superbe cette robe et tu la portes très bien !
    Je trouve le tissu incroyable et je ne vois pas vraiment les petits travers du blanc sur l’envers. Mais ce doit être les effets des photos qui font que c’est atténué. Et tout cas c’est une belle découverte de ce patron pour ma part !

  • 3 April 2017
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    Elsa Dubar

    Salut Anaïg, cet article m’a fait pensé qu’il y a un patron de robe en jersey qui devrait te plaire: Ella de Schnittmuster (https://www.pattydoo.de/schnittmuster/jerseykleid-ella). C’est assez simple et il y a plusieurs versions pour les manches et le col. En plus le carnet d’explications est top (photos), et il y a aussi des videos explicatives. J’ai pensé que ça pourrait être ton style et ça changerait des patrons que tu as déjà!

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