The girly pumps are on and the hair's in a top knot, all in honour of my newest make - a floral Dixie DIY Ballet Dress. Granted, the hair would have been better suited to a sock bun, but I can't for the life of my work those suckers...even thought I have looked up my fair share of tutorials!
Some of you may remember that this dress broke my sewing machine, but I'm not holding any grudges as I love the chintzy print and colour. It's so me! As usual, I got it from Stuart's stall on Leicester market and it's a super-soft, cotton jersey...for a mere £4 per metre. Bargain!
Dixie DIY's pattern was also a bargain (just $3 people!) and it's an excellent basic block that lends itself to many potential variations. I cut a size Medium and even though it was the right size, I had a couple of issues that once you know about you can easily rectify. 1)The bodice had some extra ease around the side boob area, which I got rid of with a couple of strategically placed darts - I've now just pinched the ease out of the pattern piece, so it shouldn't be a problem again. 2)The front bodice is a little short if you have a larger bust - I didn't go up a size because it would be too big elsewhere, but next time I will add an inch or two to the length.
I was thrilled with the fit of the back bodice though - it's not often that you get a snug neckline with no gaping at all!
The pattern calls for elastic to be sewn on the waistline and for once, I actually obeyed. I'm so glad I did as it stabilises the waistline and stops it from getting roomier throughout the day. In fact, I'm contemplating re-visiting a couple other jersey dresses I've made and stabilising the waistline in the same way.
Like I did for my birthday dress this year, I replaced the sleeves with the beautiful tulip ones from my vintage Simplicity 1813 pattern. What can I say? I'm just not done with this type of sleeve yet! I think it stops a jersey dress (or top) from looking too sporty and it might be my new go-to sleeve pattern...hehe!
I know this dress is a rather simple and casual one, but it suits my day-to-day life perfectly as I work in a very casual office. However, the floral print and tulip sleeves make me feel really feminine. Feminine enough to want to to curtsey after a posh tea date or to flutter across a sweet-smelling meadow. My balcony had to suffice today...