Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grey Linen Dress Finished

This dress has actually been finished for a few days now but I wanted an outside picture and the weather has just been dreadful. In a brief moment of sunshine DH and I and the chickens went out to take the pictures. I love him for taking them but he just doesn't get how to fill up the screen so sorry for the distance shots. I think you get the drift though.


This pattern is Butterick 5348. The sleeves can be either gathered or angel sleeves. I am so glad I did the angel sleeves. But if I make this again will make a longer sleeves. I just don't like short sleeves on me period! The hem is the length the pattern advised and I LOVE that. Didn't know my legs could take that length but it seems they can so more mid knee lengths are in the future. It is hard to see here but there is an interfaced belt type piece sewn with buttons to the front bodice and another to the back bodice, great waist emphasis. Out of this piece on each side are long, thin sewn tubes that tie into bows under the arms on each side. I think its kind of a cute  touch. If anyone out there needs some volume added to the bust, this is the dress for you, with all those gathers at the neckline and waist. I think it makes me look a little too booby, but I'll  live with that. One great thing about this dress, I made no pattern adjustments whatsoever. Given that I am 5 feet tall, that could be an issue for someone who is taller.

I agree with the commentors. This needed more detail shots. So the dress went on the form and here we are. You can see the partial belt sewn on to the back and front. I think its a cute detail.

 

I lined the bodice and serged all the seams before I started as this fabric was way ravelly. I recommend the linen/rayon blends as they barely wrinkle. It went together quite easily. I will make this again and have already started. I have a colorful poly silky print that I am using and it will be cut to be just a top. I had to do the angel sleeves because of the amount of fabric I had but I will live with that. I have pledged myself to get more color into my wardrobe and life. I look in my closet and it is brown, beige, navy, gray and black. I desperately need and love color. I think my thrust for now will be colorful tops to go with the pants I already have and maybe another dress or two. I do love to wear skirts in the summer as they are so much cooler and more comfortable than pants.

So I am working on the top right now and will probably start working on the smocked insert for the little blue dress......Bunny

19 comments:

  1. Nice dress Bunny, and a very appropriate setting for this dress, really. Best regards, Paco

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  2. I love your dress! You look so beautiful in it.

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  3. The dress is beautiful and looks lovely on you. Very soft and feminine and so springy. The chickens made me laugh! I love chickens.

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  4. He took the photo from a distance because he was trying to get a nice picture of his beloved. He did not realize that we want to see dress details and not scenery and this is a lovely picture of you.

    I do like the length on you and you can always take some in-depth pictures on your dressform to solve our need for details!

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  5. I second what Carolyn said! Lovely dress. Nice picture - makes me want to go outside and play.
    We do love details! ;)

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  6. Oh I love that dress. It looks so comfortable and cool and that's exactly what I need during our Texas summers. The print is perfect for the dress too. I will see if I can find it at JoAnne's.

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  7. Very nice - it fits very well and the length is really nice for warmer weather. I can see that dress being worn with a variety of bright cardigans for a pop of color. I understand about the dark, colorless wardrobe, mine was headed the same way, so I'm trying to put more color in there, too.

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  8. I'm just like you, Bunny. My closet is so very drab -- black, black and more black. Then a dash of khaki for color. I have to do better. But this dress can be great with a colorful cardigan. Be bold!
    Cissie

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  9. I have this pattern, but now your booby comment has me wondering if it's right for me. I love the length on you, it's perfect. I didn't know you were a shortie like me.

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  10. I forgot to say that I think your chickens are adorable too.

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  11. All you need is a deelightful mint julip and a lawn chair to relax in! Perfect for summer!!

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  12. Great dress! You look fantastic in it!!! The greenery in the background is luscious! Do you have any way to edit picts?

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  13. As usual, I am always amazed at your beautiful artistry. So happy to have found your blog. ~ matti

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  14. So beautiful and feminine! Just amazing!

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  15. I didn't even give this pattern a second glance, but you've made me look again. Your choice of fabric takes it out of the "generic summer dress" category, and gives it a really distinctive look. Much more appealing than the pattern envelope suggests it would be!

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  16. All the special details at the waist give this dress some great punch! I'm glad you showed the details up close, as they are very lovely. I wish I still had a waist! LOL
    It looks great on YOU!

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  17. Hello,I think is beautiful,it is fantastic for you.

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  18. Thanks for adding the detailed shots! It is a lovely dress Bunny!!

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