Saturday, 24 August 2013

The beauty of Beatrice

Beatrice was Laura's Sew Chic dresses that I really wanted to make. That was before Fifth Avenue was released. So I'm very lucky Laura was generous to send me both dresses to make. Thank you Laura.

Beatrice is a stylish fitted dress with a lace overlay.
If you've used Sew Chic patterns before, you might find the paper used is wonderful. It's so crisp and white. And the sound it makes me want to just get stuck into making her dresses.
The neckline is a bit different. The pattern has neckline facings but I love a fully lined dress and that's what I did.
I originally thought this fabric would work and decided to buy some lace too so I could have a lace version and a brocade version.
Above is my test version of the bodice using cotton stretch woven print, just to be less predictable and add a bit of fun to the testing stage.

Adjustments:
Roll shoulder adjustment to the bodice pieces and the sleeve head.
I've raised the bodice up so that it sits at my waistline.
The peplum isn't part of the pattern. It's a piece I thought would balance well with the fit of the skirt and top. I've used the waistline trim from the Beatrice pattern.

Now I'm happy with the bodice fit. The side seam zipper instructions are Ace!

Now to make the lace or brocade version.
PS: You do know that I'm testing Beatrice for nix?
PPS: Laura is about to be a Craftsy presenter. Have a look at her latest blog post.

17 comments:

prttynpnk said...

I love this shape and it really suits you- I want to see this in the brocade and of course I want one for the fancy life I don't lead, but love to sew for!

sewexhausted said...

Looks fantastic on you! I love the added peplum- ~Laurie

RebeccaHoward said...

That is a great fit on you!

Sharon said...

Great looking dress and the fit is great. Like you addition of the peplum!

Sheila said...

Lovely dress and agree that shape suits you perfectly.

Gail said...

This is one of my favourite outfits from your collection. Great fit and great fabric - what more do you need?

Kirsty said...

Inspired idea to add the peplum! It really balances it well. Lace or brocade - both! :)

poppykettle said...

Oooh, the 'test' turned out fabulously! Love the brocade's colour and print on you, and it looks wonderful made up in this pattern. Very nice!

Diana said...

This is a really nice dress. I love the peplum. Looks great on you.

Shelly said...

Ooooh! I love that you added a peplum. It looks tres chic. I'd go with the lace version next. Lace is so 'in' you know :)

BeaJay said...

Love the dress. Your addition of the peplum is really fantastic. Very nice. Looking forward to seeing your next version.

Kristy said...

lovely! You have to be happy that a test version has turned out so nicely, I'm sure the brocade one will look fantastic. Good to see you (briefly) on Saturday, I hope you get through the last bit of your studies quickly so we can see the next version!

Carolyn said...

It looks great! and I cannot wait to see the lace version. I'm such a sucker for lace :)

Susan Partlan said...

Peplum fan here! The dress fits you beautifully. Very nice work.

Joy said...

Very pretty set! The peplum works well.

Trumbelina said...

The peplum is perfect!

Kyle said...

The fit is great, as is the peplum.

I can't believe it's Sept 1 already. So your studies are about to wind up....right? :)

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