Monday, 4 May 2009

WIPCrackaway!

I have so many things to sew!  I'm really going to have to crack on with all of them.  I still haven't started my 'costume' blogged last month, I've got to make a start on the V&A stays, have another pencil skirt or three in my head,  and I've a dress to make for a friend in time for a July wedding.  I have at least made a start on that as it's been worrying me a little, not least because I wanted to make the pattern myself.

This is what I've got to 'copy' 
- really it's the fabric and style which Miss L (as we shall call her) likes.  After a long search I have finally found the fabric.  It's 100% silk with a lovely drape, and at £13.99/metre, not too expensive either.  Miss L, because she is wearing it to a wedding, doesn't want it quite as flared as the picture.  So, after a hefty dot & cross session, I came up with a pattern, and have completed the toile which is now being modelled by Madge who isn't quite the right proportions and has big feet which are distorting the flow.

Even though it is a very simple strapless style made up of 4 panels, I am VERY pleased with it, and myself for that matter!  Who'd have thought it!


11 comments:

handmaiden said...

wow!! loking forward to seeing this one

Tracy said...

Your toile turned out brilliant, Julia...a great variation of the styly you are "copying". Can't wait to see the dazzling finished dress! I so admire youur dressmaking skills :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Kitty said...

Wow ... you are one clever girl. Do you know, I bought a top recently that I love, and I actually put it on and thought 'I wonder whether Julia would be able to make me a pattern out of this?' !!! x

Pink Feather Paradise said...

wow you are soooo clever...

can't wait to see all your creations...
X Alex

dottycookie said...

Yay, go you! The only times I have tried to make patterns they have been less than successful ...

Billie Jane said...

OK I give in... YOU ARE THE GODDESS OF DOT AND CROSS. I too have spent the day with fabric and dot and cross paper... but alas, without as much success as you!! Well done you clever girl! x

Berlin Deluxxe said...

lovely, as usual. Your talent is so admirable.

Gina said...

That is a fabulous looking dress. Can't wait to see your finished result. Word of warning... I made four bridesmaid dresses a few years ago and left my workroom door ajar overnight. I got up the next morning to find the dog had slept on them! Luckily no permanant damage.

Diane said...

That looks beautiful - cant wait to see the finished version.

XUE said...

That is going to be one amazing looking dress! I think sewing bags & my rag-quilts are so much easier than making dress since you do have to be more accurate in yr dress measurements! I'm sticking to my pillowcase dresses then!

summerfete said...

Make it already I want to see it!!