Wowzers! I can't believe it took us two years to revisit One Pattern, Seven Bloggers, yet it's over so fast! As you can see from my finished Macaron, I hadn't actually started it when I wrote my inspiration post last week...hope you don't hold that against me. In fact, the only thing I stuck to was my beautiful fabric, courtesy of Minerva Crafts - you really should check out their excellent fabric selection!
I decided against the Named-inspired collar because there was already a lot going on here. I was also unable to recreate Dixie's asymmetrical circle skirt, because I didn't have enough fabric and the front would have ended up indecently short. But, I did still want an 'interesting' circle skirt, so I settled on a high-low hem - high at the sides and low at the front and back. Not quite as good as Dixie's, but interesting nonetheless.
Overall, I'm not blown away by this dress, mainly due to two errors on my part. One: It's a lot more empire-line than I expected. I shortened the bodice by my usual inch - I do this adjustment for every single pattern - but this time it came up way to short. The waistband sits too close to my under-bust, so it's not possible to get the nipped in waist as I would have liked. Two: I made a poor choice in fabric. Despite its good looks, my main fabric was too bulky (think very pretty wetsuit) for this dress, making the skirt stick out at the side seams. Also, I don't think cotton poplin was a great idea for the yoke either...something a bit softer or with some drape would have pressed and looked better.
Having said all this, I do love the Macaron and I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. Apart from getting the bodice length wrong, I'm really happy with how it fits across the chest, shoulders and back...which is no mean feat! And, I love the sweet little sleeves! They're cleverly constructed, have a lovely shape and the perfect amount of gathers. All in all, I'd love to sew this up again in a more casual fabric, as I think it would make a cute little day-to-evening dress.
Please don't forget to check out my other partners in blogging crime - they've each made rather beautiful Macarons:
Kat - Petticoats and Peplums
Rachel - My Messings
Sam - Buckingham Road
I also want to say a HUGE thanks again to our wonderful sponsors and to congratulate our giveaway winners, who are listed below and will be contacted via email:
Lil - 1 x Macaron Pattern thanks to Colette Patterns
Josephine - 1 x Macaron Pattern thanks to Guthrie & Ghanie
MaciNic - 1 x Macaron Pattern thanks to Stitch 56
Elizabeth - 1 x Pattern of your choice thanks to Sew Squirrel
Kathleen S - 1 x Colette Pattern of your choice thanks to Indie Stitches
Joanne - 1 x Colette Pattern of your choice thanks to The Haby Goddess
Amy - 1 x $20 gift voucher thanks to Fabric Worm
Sew Charleston - 1 x $30 gift voucher thanks to A Fashionable Stitch
Finally, I want to thank all of you for showing such interest in our fun little challenge...I know all seven of us were overwhelmed by your response!
I'm now signing off with my best peacock impression...