Sunday, 21 April 2013

Finished Project: A self-drafted asymmetrical collar.

Pattern Review: V8511 (bodice only)

Size: 6 bust, 8 waist
Fabric: 1.5m cotton sateen (Darn Cheap), 0.7m bemsilk lining (Spotlight)
Notions: Dress zipper 22", Gutermann thread, 0.8m grosgrain ribbon, 1 bikini hook
Time: 10-12 hours, over 4 days.
Cost: Fabric $20, Lining $7, Zipper $2, Grosgrain Ribbon $2, Bikini Hook 0.50c
Pattern Modification/Adjustments:
  • Added self-drafted asymmetrical collars
  • Replaced tulip skirt with full gathered skirt
Techniques Used:
WIP
I am head-over-heels for this fabric! 

Sometimes all you need to get you out of a sewing rut is some oh-hot-damn floral cotton sateen.


This is my jam. Definitely.
I found this baby last Saturday. After having lunch with @SixInchHeel and fam bam I decided to do a drive around town looking for fabric. Ended up taking these four home.

I was in love with the it because it reminded me of the forest, foliage, butterflies? When I got home I washed and ironed and got to work cutting out the V8511.

Favourite part of sewing process - stepping back and admiring the perfectly cut pieces.

Like my 'corsage floral dress' I didn't cut the bodice on the centre fold. I wanted the perfect butterfly to adorn the centre of my princess seamed bodice. 

Same deal with the collars, I wanted a nice big flower so this meant that the collars used up a chunk of fabric I reserved for my skirt so the skirt ended up not as full.

The skirt length was 19" (SA and 3cm hem included).
The finished skirt hem measurement was 62".

Stay stitched around neckline and arm hole curves.
I re-used the collar pattern I drafted when I made the red V8511 work dress

By midnight Saturday I finished the shell and collars. Rewarded myself with back-to-back episodes of Californication and some wine :D

Hard at WIP on a Saturday night.
Sunday afternoon, I cut out the lining, bagged the bodice, understitched and prepped the skirt pieces (side seams frenched, three rows of gathering stitches).

Bodice lined with cream bemsilk.
Side seams matching perfectly.
Parfait!
Monday night I attached the skirt to the bodice. My unpicker was my BFF that night cos fabric kept getting caught, zz. 

Green grosgrain ribbon waist stay went on, and final fitting. Hurrah it fit. 

I took a couple of days break to focus on work and gym (went twice this week, yay... dined out 7 times, lol) and Wednesday I handpicked the zipper and handsewed the hem.

I love handpicking - more control and it's therapeutic.
Love those pricks!

I finished the dress in time to wear to my friends 30th birthday dinner last night at Rosetta.
All the bread, pasta, potato, pannacotta and wine I consumed was nicely hidden under the full skirt. DRESSES FTW.

#OOTN
ASOS Linen blazer, ASOS glitter skinny belt, ALL THAT JAZZ handmade vintage look clutch.
Waist stay!
#selfie :P
I love the V8511 bodice. I've perfected the fit and have used it to make many dresses. This is almost overtaking the McCalls 5845 as my favourite because it has no darts (I don't like marking darts!!)

Collars - Slit & Cummerbund - Scooped Back & Full Circle Skirt 1 & 2 - Gathered Skirt - Full Gathered Skirt & Collars.
Once I find a pattern that works, I tend to get obsessed and addicted to hacking it... nothing wrong with that hey, and I'm not the only one, my interstate blogger mate Erin of I-Heart-Fabric is currently in love with beautiful BurdaStyle 120 and has made soooo many versions of the same pattern. 

I didn't even realise they were all the same pattern cos the fabrics make each dress look completely different. Go check out Erin's dresses, they are to die for <3

I hope you all had a fun weekend. I definitely did. I ate way to much good food (blogged here), caught up with a few of my friends and to top it off the Melbourne weather was marvelous :) 

I have a long weekend next week so I'm planning to make another dress... don't be surprised if it's another V8511 with self-drafted collars and a full skirt.

If it ain't broke....!!


36 comments:

  1. Fantastic that you have a tried and true pattern that will get you where you need to go without fussing around! I say go for it!

    Do you do your waist stay using Tasia's tutorial? It looks great- I couldn't find a swimwear hook when I did mine so I had to sew in 2 hooks and eyes... pain in the butt!

    This dress is super cute as always :)

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    1. Yep! Waist stay was using Tasia's tutorial, I've linked back to her post many times for my reference, forgot to do it this time. I'll do it now for the newbies :)
      Bikini hooks are a staple in my sewing box now, I cannot have a dress without a waist stay. Also handy cos its hides the seam.

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  2. Lovely :) nice work babes..
    ahh cotton sateen I need more of it in my life right now

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    1. I have about 5 cotton sateens sitting at home, waiting to be washed and made into something fab. All florals, of course!

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  3. Awesome work, Neeno! And you're right- nothing like some rad fabric to pull you out of a sewing slump!

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    1. Thanks Amanda. It took a long time but the sewing bug has finally come back and bitten me!

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  4. I love it!! The fabric print is gorgeous- I really need to start buying cotton sateen!!

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    1. Cotton sateen is a dream to work with, and they always have such lovely prints :D

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  5. Hack that pattern as much as you want! You shouldn't feel obligated to sew with a new pattern just for the blog, if that's what you were implying.

    And gosh, you always have the cutest fabrics! I gotta get myself some cotton sateen.

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    1. Hey Michelle,
      Yeah, I was wondering if other bloggers reading might get bored.. "oh *that pattern* again?!? Hahaha.
      I'll try and keep it interesting with funky fabrics :)
      I LOVE cotton sateen.

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  6. Beautiful dress! I love a well-used pattern.

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    1. Thanks hun :)
      I guess all RTW are the same dresses (darts or princess seamed bodices) in different fabric any way :P

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  7. LOVE the collar...it's like a...butterfly wing! How appropo!

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  8. Yay! So nice to have you back on the blogosphere again!

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  9. Yay! So nice to have you back on the blogosphere again!

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  10. Ooh... this is lovely! I'm seeing so much gorgeous cotton sateen in dresses now, I think I need to investigate first-hand!

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    1. My top pick for fabric has to be cotton sateen - easy to work with, affordable price so you can go nuts at the fabric store, easy to care for :) I suck at laundry.

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  11. Wow this dress is so stunning its one of my favs!! This style of dress suits you so well its gorgeous. So funny, glad you pointed out your little obsessions as well haha!! I still haven't posted you that pattern no...will make myself leave work for lunch to do it tomorrow :) so glad its only a short week!! I love how you pointed out all your technique you have been doing. Sewing lessons are paying off big time. I don't know half that stuff hehe!!

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    1. Sewing class AND blogs and tutorials. thank you internet :P
      I can't wait to play with that Megan pattern xx

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  12. This is ADORABLE! I loooooove it on you! This reminds me that I need to make another V8511!

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    1. Do it, do it!! The bodice is beautiful. I'd love to attempt the tulip skirt again, I think I need to swallow my pride and cut a bigger skirt to get rid of those drag lines LOL

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  13. Good lord that dress is amazing, you're very talented!

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    1. I love the print, can't believe I doubted it for that second when I was at the store. So glad I boght it <3

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  15. This dress is extraordinary. Great job drafting the collar. Love the fabric. I need to play with sateen more often. So pretty. Thanks for the heads up on Tasia's waist stay tutorial.
    Absolutely beautiful dress,
    Shelley

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    1. No problem, Tasia is so talented, a lot of my techniques I learnt from her blog!

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  16. Another great dress!! Glad you got your sewing moji back! And I'm totally with you on the love of cotton sateen and waiststays :)

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    1. Thanks Jen :) I'm glad my mojo has returned!! So many beautiful patterns I want to try out!! Bought some gorgeous retro ones the other day :D

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  17. Stumbled upon your blog today and love it. You make such beautiful dresses.

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  18. Gorgeous! How darn good is the ol' 8511?

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  19. Just found your blog - am loving your dresses & cotton sateens. They are lovely & suit you beautifully - must get back into the fabric store & check the cotton sateens out! ;) - and food, glorious food, I could go some Rosetta's about now!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!! Definitely go to Darn Cheap in Heidelberg :)
      Mmmm Rosetta, the squid ink pasta was to die for!! I tried a fork full of my friends, that's what I'm getting next time!!
      xx

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