Monday, 24 February 2014

Finished Project: The 'Georgia' Maxi Dress.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

My boyfriend and I were invited to be guests and witnesses at my friend's wedding ceremony. I felt so grown up, I've never been a witness before!! It was a garden wedding, so of course that called for a beautiful floral dress... who am I kidding, I would have made a floral dress even if the wedding was in the snow! 

The bride looked stunning, the ceremony was a beautiful, and the weather was just perfect. Thank you Melbourne! It was an afternoon ceremony, then photos all around the city, followed by an intimate dinner.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

The dress I made for the occasion is the By Hand London Georgia, but with a maxi skirt and a thigh high split. Originally I planned on making the Anna, but after seeing how gorgeous the sweetheart neckline is on the Georgia, I changed my mind.

I added 53cm length to each skirt piece to make the dress maxi length, 50cm would have suffice, but ya never know!! Ended up taking up hem about 4cm I think.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

It was pretty risky to make Georgia using rayon when the BHL recommend "medium weight fabrics with a little bit of stretch - cotton sateen, twill, drill, poplin, upholstery cottons, denim, courduroy, silk noil, brocade and jacqard" but I went ahead and cut out my rayon any way. YOLO!

I was especially scared because I made one change to the skirt - instead of using the pattern piece from my Vday Georgia, I retraced the skirt centre back piece and didn't do the sway back adjustment!! You may remember that my muslin/toile fit pretty well around the back, but it had a few wrinkles which I thought would be gone if I did a swayback adjustment. So I did the swayback adjustment on the Valentines Day Georgia, but that ended up making the back of the dress poof out. I thought if the muslin/toile fit well without the swayback adjustment then I may as well not do the adjustment. 

It was very nerve-racking cutting into my rayon. I only had 3m of the rayon and no backup plan. If the skirt didn't work out then I would be a dress-less wedding guest. 

I started cutting into the rayon on Sunday afternoon. I was not in the best of moods - I was grouchy and hangry and wasn't paying attention. I turned up the iron too high and melted my 'trace and toile' onto my iron board cover and iron, so I had to trace my pattern again.  I angrily pinned my maxi skirt pieces on to the rayon then went out to get lunch, watched some TV, then after I calmed down I started cutting.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

The skirt came together without drama, didn't have issues with joining the curved seams like last time - who would have thought working with rayon would be easier than cotton. Go figure! 
The skirt skims over my lower back and bum perfectly. The weight and drape on the rayon is dreamy! So happy. 

The bodice only needed a couple of minor tweaks.
On this version, I took out 3cm wedges on the front centre bodice, total of 6cm removed from the neckline and front bodice (info on adjustment here). 
This fixed the neck line gaping and also took away the extra ease under the arm. 
When I did the final fitting I realised that the straps had stretched! Bugger!!!! It was soooo annoying, the straps had stretched a whole inch (2.5cm). I didn't have time/didn't want to unpick the lining and bodice so I folded/shortened the straps and hand stitched them down on the back bodice. 

There was a lot of hand stitching involved with this dress - lining, split, hem. Worth the effort though.

The dress was perfect length, didn't trip once during out 3 hour photography journey around the city and the thigh high split was just high enough to show some leg but not flash any naughty bits ;)
The sandals I wore with the dress look like they were made from the same fabric as my dress, so cool!

I feel so honoured to be part of my girlfriend's special day. I wish her and hubby all the happiness in the world. I wish I could share with you more photos from the wedding, my friend looked incredible, gorgeous, beautiful, hottest bride I have seen; but the photographer has all the professional pics. I got BF to take these on his phone when we weren't required for photos with the bride and groom. Thanks for AirDropping these to me baby!

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London


Project details -
Pattern: By Hand London 'Georgia'
Size: Bust 2/6, Waist 6/10, Hips 2/6
Fabric: 3m rayon (140cm width) but I have about 1m leftover (originally bought fabric for Anna)
Notions: 16" invisible zipper
Cost: fabric $30, zipper $5
Pattern Modification/Adjustments: 
  • lengthened skirt pattern pieces by 53cm
  • thigh high split
  • small bust adjustment
  • took out 2 x 3cm wedge in front centre bodice piece
Hours: approx 15 hours
Completed on: Saturday 22nd February 2014
First worn: Sunday 23rd February 2014 to my friend's wedding ceremony



51 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress, you look lovely in it. Great fabric too and I really like how you lengthened it into a maxi, perfect dress to wear to a summer wedding!

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    1. Thanks Suzy! I'm so thrilled the rayon worked out the way I envisioned!

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  2. Neeno, you look so beautiful in this dress!! I totally love it. The fabric looks perfect for this and the Georgia bodice + Anna-style maxi skirt is an amazing combination. I need a thigh-high split in my life, too! :D

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    1. Thank you so much Sue!! I am really loving maxi dresses right now, I don't want summer to end. I actually had the split about an inch higher, but I chickened out and took it down an inch. I'm glad I did because I would have had a hard time in the wind if it had been higher :P

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  3. oh oh ooooooooooooooh cannot BELIEVE you made this dress hangry....tremendously beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Oona! Means so much coming from you, Queen of project sewn!!

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  4. so so gorgeous! I would never have thought to make the Georgia in a maxi length but you make it look like it was meant to be!

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    1. Thank you Fiona, it worked out really well :) I love Georgia.

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  5. Beautiful! I'm glad you ignored the fabric recommendations, it looks stunning!

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    1. Hi Stevie! Thank you :) I think the rayon worked out because of the maxi skirt weighing it down. I would never dream of making a mini Georgia using rayon, I don't think it would hold its shape well :)

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful dress! It's so, so stunning! I'm so glad you're back in the dressmaking biz- I'm so loving all your amazing creations! Many congratulations to your friends!

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    1. Hey Sonia! I'm glad you're enjoying my creations, such a motivation to hear that :) It's been so much fun sewing and getting a good fit at the end of it. Really loving it this year!

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  7. This is a beautiful dress. I love that funky floral print, great colors!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, its hard to stay away from floral when it looks as colourful and fun as that!

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  8. Gorgeous dress! I love the changes you made and the fabric is super summery, perfect for a wedding!

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  9. Fabulous! Love the maxi length, and the fabric is so cheerful and fun, well done you :)

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    1. Hi Suzie! Maxi dresses rock :) I still have about 1m left of the rayon, might make a gathered skirt or something with it, such a fun fabric.

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  10. Don't sew angry! (Or Hangry!) but even so, it came out great. I love seeing this pattern as a maxi. I'm hopefully finishing my Georgia tonight!

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    1. Looking forward to seeing your Georgia. I love seeing all the different versions, been stalking the Flickr group :)

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  11. This looks amazing! The fabric is beautiful!
    Lou :)

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    1. Hi Lou :) thank you for your lovely comment :):)

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  12. Ooooh, beautiful dress! The fabric is very elegant with the flowers on the black.

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  13. it's a beautiful :)))
    I expect you to my blog http://magbelblog.blogspot.com.tr/

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  14. You and your dress are absolutely gorgeous. What a perfect fit.
    I sure hope you didn't outshine the bride. <>

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    1. I meant to use the word, "wink" between the diamond shape. I guess one can't do that.

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    2. Hehehehe ;)
      I don't think I could have outshined her, she looked amazing, like a princess :)

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  15. ARGHHH! This is one serriously BEAUTIFUL dress!!! You look absolutely stunning and I can't believe how well the sandal match the dress - brilliant!

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    1. Hi Suzanna, I know right! The sandals were an amazing find, and so comfy too!

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  16. Ooooh this is too beautiful! I want one too now :) Well done!

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  17. Oh! You look stunning. Congrats on a beautiful dress

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  18. So clever and pretty! Good idea and love the look

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    1. Hey Nissa, thanks for your comment :) Loving your Georgia too!

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  19. Stunning: the dress and you! It's fitted to perfection! Also: you rock a red lip like no one else!

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    1. Thanks Kath!! I usually don't wear red lippy, but I'm starting to love the look too!! Thank you for your compliment on the dress and fit :)

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    2. You should wear it often (I wish I could pull it off!)
      The fit of your makes is always spot on!
      xo Kath/bernieandi

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  20. This has got to be some of your finest sewing - the dress is stunning and you look so polished! Love the fabric choice (as always), but this pattern is such a winner on you. Looking gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Mel!! I love this fabric so much!! With the leftover, I'm thinking I'll make the Pendrell blouse :)

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  21. Seriously this dress looks absolutely amazing and suits you so well! I can't believe how far you've come with all your sewing projects, it's so beautifully made! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Oh you are too clever!! Oh how I wish I could make beautiful dresses like this! Gorgeous xo

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