Sunday, 6 April 2014

Winter Street Dress

Pattern Review's Winter Street dress is simple to make and very adaptable.
Pitt Trading graciously provided me with the fabrics and notions for this new work dress.

Here's the list of pattern testers showcasing the Winter Street dress.
cleverthinking99.com 4/4/2014 (that's me)
sewingforward.com 4/10/2014
juliabobbin.com 4/15/2014

Pattern testing is fun as you get to see how the pattern designer quickly adjusts their pattern when we provide our feedback. And it's lovely to work with such creative people. This is very motivating to me. 

Do have a look at how each sewer has used this pattern to show their own style.
Pitt Trading: Black tricot lining, elastic, brown ponte and a darker brown soft knit with matching thread
And when Pitt Trading were more than happy to provide me with their fabrics, I was floored. And very grateful. I've shopped at Pitt Trading for a very, very long time. So I'm pleased we could work together on this dress.
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Pattern Description:
Winter Street Dress is an easy to sew knit dress with a waist seam and a narrow pleated skirt. The narrow skirt with inverted box pleats has just the right amount of ease where you need it, resulting in a very comfortable and cute tulip shape. 
The bodice is drafted for a "C" cup. There is a choice of elbow length flounce sleeves or a full length sleeve. You can even make it without sleeves. The skirt is designed to fall above the knee for a more trendy look but it is super easy to lengthen or shorten it.

This time I got the hem length right. Remember how my first Summer Street Dress grew its hem overnight?

Pattern Sizing:
XS - 4XL I made the medium.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did and there are some pretty variations to make. The hardest part is choosing the variation you want 'the most'. I tried to stick to my plan as I sewed.
See the black tricot lining on the inside?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy to follow.
I included a tricot lining on the advice of Sylvia at Pitt Trading. I've been adding linings to ponte dresses since then so the dress keeps its shape over time.
It also helps the fabric to glide over you and not stick to you.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is clever pattern that allows you to mix stable and soft knit fabrics.
The pleating on the skirt above the tummy eliminates fullness that gathers create. That's a win in my books.
I've extended the pleats down the skirt for a flatter look.

The ruffle sleeve (Deepika's version) makes this a more feminine dress that I'll use is another version.
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The scoop neckline isn't what I usually wear so I'll be creating different necklines on future versions.

Fabric Used:
I've used a ponte knit for the bodice and sleeve. Then the dress skirt and bindings are made of a softer knit. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a roll shoulder adjustment.
The sleeves were sized to full arm length but I tend to push my sleeves up during the day.

Once I'd basted the side seams, I took the waist in a bit more and took more in at the centre back seam.
Here's the back bodice pattern with a few modifications for a bit more shape.
I added shape at the centre back seam (so it's not cut on the fold) so I could make the back follow my curves better.
Checking the wall for this weekend's cleaning duties.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I experimented with a soft cowl neckline in the softer knit and it was very pretty. So I would recommend this dress if you have knit fabrics in your stash and you need warmer dresses for cooler weather.
Kicking back
I'll also try a v-neck version. This is also a good basic knit dress for beginners to achieve a successful dress.
'Action girl' pose
I really should stop watching Marvel comic movies.
Waiting for the Sydney's humidity to ease up so I can wear this dress.
PS. It took me ages to be brave enough to wear these boots after I bought them. And now I don't know why I waited so long.

* Pattern Review images used with their permission.

25 comments:

Mrs. Smith said...

It's fantastic!!! I hope you'll show the cowl version too!

Sharon said...

You are all set for the cooler weather when it arrives with a great dress.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sharon. It's a fun style to make.

Velosewer said...

I'm glad you'd love the cowl version too.

Lori said...

This is a fabulous dress. I love your choice of the two colors of knit, plus the belt and boots - just fantastic.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. The cold is my cue for boots:)

Scruffybadgertime said...

A great dress! A cute style and your take looks and fits great. I'm all interested now in lining ponte.... Never thought of it until I read this! You've got me thinking !

Melinda said...

That's a lovely dress, the pleats in the skirt are very flattering. Did you line the skirt as well?

Velosewer said...

Thanks. The whole dress is lined.

Velosewer said...

I've made double knit jackets in the past and I've interfaced the whole jacket. After years of wear, they have still kept their shape.

Diana Deap said...

Very nice winter dress aria but being from Canada, I'm so very tired of winter!!!! I voted for you BTW because yours is an excellent blog consistantly full of information. ,Diana aka Sew Passionista

kbenco said...

You've made this very simple dress look smart and sophisticated, I like the way you've sewn down the pleats and reshaped the back skirt, it shows how versatile the pattern can be with some adjustments.

Cennetta said...

Your color blocking gave this cute little number a different look.

Joy said...

It's very pretty and the colors are a nice choice for you. (And the length is perfect (: )

ks gentry said...

Great job as usual. I love that you used contrasting fabric to give it a more interesting look. Love that belt paired with it.

Velosewer said...

Hi Diana, We need to swap houses then:)
Thanks for the blog vote. I thought this 'contest' would be a fun initiative to be part of.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Vanessa. I thought winter and warm colours would work for me.

Judith said...

Don't know why you waited with the boots either, they are super, as it the dress ~ another outstanding sewing achievement here ... J

Sarah Liz said...

A very lovely dress - plain or with the belt. You are right, the pleats are flattering - and with the belt, a nice shape is created. Perfect length for your petite height.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sarah Liz

Velosewer said...

Crazy huh:)

KaSchu said...

That is a great looking dress for the cooler weather. I like the contrasting bodice and skirt too. I have some boots that get worn about twice a year as I don't have much that is suitable to wear with them. Looks like there will be Winter Street Dress on my horizon.

Velosewer said...

Oh I hope so.

Bella said...

I'm so glad you started wearing the boots! They are great. And the dress is really nice--knit but tailored. I like the two-tone, also; a great idea.

Kat said...

Hmm...I do need a winter dress and it looks absolutely fabulous on you! So might have to give 'er a try...thanks for the great post. I really like the neckline, you did such a great job - it lies perfectly flat!

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