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Sunday, 13 November 2011

UFO - Shirtmaker dress

This is a classic shirt style (McCalls 5433) that I thought would be worthwhile making. It has tab front and enough detailing to wrestle with a few finishing options to make the same dress look a bit different. You would remember this dress from Sharon's blog. And I made the shirt version in December last year.
The toile fabric is from Rathdowne (Melbourne fabric shopping visit in 2009). It's a chambray blue colour and light weight but stiff and very sheer. The fabric irons really well and the weave makes it unravel easily. So with that in mind, halfway through testing out this style I decided this version could be wearable, so I've lined it with a 3/4 chiffon and 1/4 poplin. I didn't have enough chiffon in my stash, so I've made do with some poplin.

The original toile was going to have long sleeves with a cuff, but because the fabric is lightweight, I've decided on a short sleeve with cuff. I saw a someone on the street wear the same dress and it had short sleeve with cuff, so that helped me make up my mind.

As you can see, the sleeve has the same ribbon detail as the inside collar stand. The lining is the same dark blue colour  as the ribbon detail, so I think it might be worthwhile getting dark blue coloured buttons. What do you think?
With the left over fabric, I'll make a belt.
I don't love the sleeves at the moment so at some point I'll have to either take them out or change the length of the sleeves. I can add another horizontal pleat if need be.

By the way, yesterday we visited Sydney's first fabricabrac to see what fabric was on offer from other like-minded sewers who were selling from their stashes. The venue was probably large enough but it was packed with curious sewers. They also had a coffee bar so I think the organisers should have had a successful event.

5 comments:

Sue said...

Looking good!

Dilliander said...

This fabric looks lovely lined and the ribbon detail on collar and cuffs looks great too!

Sheila said...

Such a beautiful dress... So airy and feminine silhouette. I really like the sleeves especially that they tie in with the inside trim of the collar. I agree navy buttons would be nice.

Janine said...

This dress looks so lovely and cool for summer. I agree too with Sheila that darker blue buttons would provide a nice contrast and match the ribbon features.

velosewer said...

Thanks Sheila and Janine. I bought the dark blue buttons so I'll post up the final dress tomorrow. Cheers.

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