Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Dandelions for Spring

Textured fabrics are still top of my fabric sewing list. What's a bit of lace on the sleeves these days. Even when it's placed on a test dress? That's what I did to initially test Mari's Dandelion dress.
I've always wanted to wear lace for everyday wear but I've always considered lace a formal item or for lingerie. How's that for outdated thinking. I chose the sweetheart neckline dress. The sleeves were an obvious choice to inch a bit of lace into my work wear. Winnie also made a great lace sleeve version.
To make this first dress up quickly, I overlocked the seam edges and used bias for the sleeve hems. There's not much I had to do to get the neckline and shoulders to fit right. No roll shoulder adjustment or neckline gaps to deal with. The fabric I've used is cotton so it's very crushable. So crushable...
The two dresses above are Mari's versions for a better view of the side and bust dart detailing. The construction is very clever so if you decide on making a Dandelion, you'll appreciate how clever Mari's instructions are.
The drawing above gives you an idea of the Dandelion variations Mari had created.
When I saw the fit on Mari's version, I realised the initial size I chose was probably one size too big. I made the 8. So now after unpicking the side seams and slivering it the size in, it fits much closer. Dandelion has a good amount of ease in it but I love a close fit.

Then I remembered a dark textured purple blue linen fabric (above) from when Janice took me fabric shopping in PortlandThis piece was from Mill End Store. It's got big textured swirls. Yum!
Going back to the lace, this was from Metro Fabrics in Tempe. The bias trim was fun to use and kinda keeps your eye on the style lines. Both dresses are my new Spring dresses. 

I know you've already seen this dress and top appear on the web, as Mari is hosting a blog hop where everyone who's tested the pattern shows how they've used it.
 
Here's are the Dandelion testers with their Dandelions posted on their blogs.
They're a very creative group and it makes me smile from ear to ear to know I'm in great sewing company. Wanett's top makes me want to make the top version right now!

I have one more assessment to complete and then I can sew again!

Hey Mari, DH and I are still wearing out Avocado hoodies. I'm so happy that you're continuing to turn out cool patterns!

19 comments:

BeaJay said...

Great dresses. The lace is so lovely and feminine and the purple is gorgeous. Very nice indeed!

theperfectnose said...

NICE! I like the purple one on you although the lace one is a pretty cool idea too. The seaming reminds me of some Japanese dress books-very interesting.
I'm really getting into raglan sleeves nowadays. Started when I saw someone refashion tights into raglan sleeves for a tee-no wrinkles or anything because of the oh so stretchyness XD

Faye Lewis said...

Very lovely!

Sharon said...

Two perfect dresses for spring!

Dilliander said...

Just the ticket for our lovely Spring weather, both dresses are gorgeous!

Scruffybadger said...

Love that we went lace sleeves together ! Yours is such a gorgeous colour and I love the orange showing through the lace. Really zingy!! And they both show off the lines if the dress nicely too....
Cool frocks!!

RhondaBuss said...

Hmmmm, there is something about this dress that makes us all want to sew lace. Before I saw Scruffybadger's and your creation, I too was thinking about doing the sleeves and or yoke in lace.
You look lovely as always!!

Kristy said...

Nice use of lace in a day dress - I must be old fashioned because I think of lace as formal wear too, but using small amounts as details like you have is just right to make it less formal

Lisa and Robin said...

The purple dress made me laugh. You will see on Tuesday. Both the lace dresses are so cute! I had not thought of lace either, but more of color blocking and piping.

Trinity said...

The lace is a really nice touch -- love it!

Joy said...

What lovely dresses. I especially like the lace-embellished version. The raglan sleeves with sweetheart neckline is a very appealing design.

Faye Lewis said...

I really like it!

Diana said...

Both dresses are lovely but I love that addition of lace to the first one. I, too have been loving lace and using it this year.

Ruth said...

This dress is getting wonderful reviews - another to add to my list for next summer! Love your lace sleeves - just the right amount of lace.

gjeometry.com said...

Love your lace sleeves that you added!

Cherrypix said...

The lace sleeves highlight the style lines beautifully! Congrats on your assignment completion....nearly there!

Gail said...

I love this pattern - and in my new found passion for lace - love the lace sleeves.

Sew2pro said...

Very inspiring combination of pattern, lace and fabric. The purple version is so striking. Mari will be proud of you!

MaciNic said...

They're lovely! Thanks for testing and sharing - I do like this pattern!

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