Friday, 26 October 2012

Peony Pt1 - Spring test

I like using indie patterns and sewing their styles during a sewalong is part of the fun. Sewing is fun - most of the time. Just don't say 'bound buttonholes' too loudly at the moment. Just taking a moment away from the trench journey. Just for a moment and to relieve your boredom.
My first Colette pattern was the Macaron so the Peony was next on the list.

This week I got the invite to Diner de blanc - Sydney but missed out on registering on the day, and this Peony was supposed to be all white. If we did get in, I would then have had to scrounge around for DH's white outfit. Anyway, there's no need. DH was thrilled to miss out. I - was quietly relieved.
I did what I thought would be a quick check of the front bodice darts with the tissue and then made the dart changes. I tested the bodice changes with the lining to confirm the fit.
Then I tested the skirt to the bodice and found I actually did need the full bodice darts and I've split them into 2 darts. I still don't acknowledge my body shape changes that I've gone through over the last 18 months. How utterly normal is that?
You can also see the extra back bodice width that will be adjusted on the fashion fabric.
Lots of previous reviews commented on the skirt fullness and as I'm short, I decided to slim down the skirt fullness, by 2". After testing the skirt, I kept the waist width and made the gathers into darts and slimmed the hem fullness. I will raise the skirt centre front seam by 1cm so it doesn't have a sway back tilt. I've already made the sway back adjustment on the back bodice at the waist.
The dress is going to be fully lined because of my eyelet fabric choice and I'll add black piping to the neckline and sleeves.
The first test dress is next, using the test lining and there are two fabric earmarked.

The main reason I chose the eyelet fabric is because I made an eyelet shirt a couple of years ago and I'm adjusting the side seams so I can wear the shirt this summer.

This huge purple tropical rayon print was from a visit to Vanuatu. It's soft and light weight.
This rose print is light weight and either fabric will give me the chance to play with placing the prints while testing the dress. And I would still line both fabric because they have a white. Mmmm.
Sew Busy Lizzy has already made a Peony with lemon eyelet fabric and I agree with her advice when you decide to make a Peony. She used piping on her lemon Peony and had bodice adjustments.

I do appreciate the effort of Sarah, Erin and Rochelle who are hosting this dress sewalong for Sew Colette 2.0. The Oolong and Roobios in my stash for future tests.

Sew Squirrel is an excellent way to buy indie patterns in Australia. I was very well looked after when the patterns I wanted weren't in stock but they became available within a week and she kept me in the loop!

Trench coats ready to wear
Here's the back of a Burberry Prorsum on The Outnet discounted to £805.87 if you don't have sewing time or are obsessed with trench coat detailing.
Here's the D&G purple version discounted to £513.33.
Now because I'm all over the shop, I'll list the useful Trench coat entries on the right hand side for your reference and mine. I'm no expert but I'll endeavour to make sure that you can always see useful trench coat posts whenever you can fit in sewing a trench.
 
Janine commented that when she made a trench without the detailing it looked like a lab coat especially if it's beige. I suppose if the fabric is bright it would still be a bright coat but the detailing, including sewing time, your energy and a clear head, will help your trench evolve. My SIL's Jalie city coat easily became a trench with the shoulder epaulets and a belt. Have a great weekend.

5 comments:

Sheila said...

I like the style lines of the peony dress and your fabric choices are beautiful. Looking forward to your peony reveal. You are becoming a trench/coat queen... The epaulets & tabs are great details to prevent the a la lab coat look....lol

RhondaBuss said...

What fabulous fabrics. I want to rob your closet!!!! Can't wait to see the finished products.

Kyle said...

that macaron dress is really really beautiful!

sewbusylizzy said...

Hi there! I love the piping on my Peony - I'm still tempted to make another Peony, it has such lovely lines. It is a shame it is so hard to fit!
I also have Oolong in my stash and I think I will make it next - perhaps a downunder sewalong. I also like Rooibos and am tempted by Ceylon but not sure how they will look on my short and small frame... however there is only one way to find out... sew!

Sharon said...

Glad you are working out the pattern changes, and the fabrics you have got earmarked for the Peony dress are lovely.

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