Friday, 4 December 2009

This dress

is a big NO! I will not make a dress from this pattern, it's not me at all.

I think I will use the sleeves somehow, but since I look almost annoyingly girlish to begin with (you would never be able to guess my age) it's just too much. I need more adult-looing clothes.

Anyway, this was an interesting experience. I've learned that:

- I DO need a dress form (it's haaard to pin in the back, or even the side-seam, on yourself). I knew that already, but it got even more clear to me...

- I don't like A-line skirts on me. I might like them in a very fluid material with a simple top, but not A-line + puffy sleeves. Too girly. But this skirt does fall very well, the side-seams are almost completely vertical when I wear it, as they should.

It might be a good idea to use my own sloper for the top to get the fit right if I do decide to make it (if so with a lower neckline, and in thin, black wool). And the sleeves are too far out on the shoulders, they don't fall right and this pattern is not made for shoulder-pads. But the pleats on the sleeve-heads are nice!

At least it looks a bit better if I narrow the skirt! And I think the skirt should be 5-10 cm's longer (I meant it to be, but there are little darts in the side-seams that I didn't notice when I cut the material...).

And it was so very pretty on the pattern envelope.... oh well (I have some other projects in mind... Lanvin made some really nice dresses for fall/winter 2009 and spring/summer 2010... aaah!).


  1. I agree with you, the dress does look a tiny bit too girly, it would look better with the narrow skirt. Those sleeve pleats are gorgeous, I can see why you wanted to make it. :-)

  2. I love those sleeves too... how tempting! Perhaps it would be less girlish in a darker colour? Or maybe a more drapey fabric?

  3. Drapey fabric, and you should try a skirt with godets, instead of A-line. That way you would preserve the original dress' look, but would probably look better on you.

  4. I agree with you all! It would look much better in a dark colour, and in a more drapey fabric. Godets are a good idea, I might have to try that some time...
    If I do make a dress from this pattern (without using godets) I would cut the skirt front on the bias (there is an option to in the instructions), use a thin black wool-fabric, and use my basic sloper to make the top fit better (I had some serious fitting-issues there!).
    Thank you all for the feedback, it's much appreciated!

  5. Oh I forgot, I would cut the skirt more narrow too...

  6. Hi! I would totally narrow the skirt, but I would actually cut it way short. Because you're so top heavy, I'd have it as a mini and it would be super stylish with dark tights and big heels.

    I love it! You've done a great job, but I know what you mean about girlishness as I'm so short and any Alice In Wonderland type style makes me look 12 years old.


  7. Maybe you could save it for a dressing up costume for Halloween or Carnival. It could be turned into Alice-in-Wonderland or a old-fashioed-naughty-nurse quite easily.


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