Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Goodship Dress

I should have a huge feeling of elation as this The Goodship Dress has languished in my WIP pile for a little while. For some reason my zest for completing it disappeared soon after the birthday party (where it was meant to be gifted) had passed. There is a valuable lesson from this - do not start a project the day before the party.

The pattern is the only design by One Girl Circus and I was drawn to the sailor collar and the fact that the pattern went up to size 13/14. It was pretty easy to make up, with the french seaming for the side seams an unusual (but nice) finish. I did over think the front panel section though and needed some guidance from the pattern designer to make sure I was on the right track. I have a tendency to think the construction should be more complicated that what it really is sometimes and I found the instructions were a lacking when it came to the front section of the garment. A couple of more illustrations would have helped. I also don't like the pockets. They seem a little small although I am used to pockets for big boys not dainty hands!

Overall though, it is a cute dress and looks nice and cool for summer. I like the cap sleeve options which may be better for some arm coverage and I think the tab version may be more practical than the bow. I am not very happy with how the neckline in the finished garment (my sewing not the pattern) ended up but I'm sure it will be fine when worn.

There is also a different Amy Butler Lark fabric inside the pleat. I forgot to take a photo of this and now the dress is all wrapped up.

Fabric: Amy Butler cotton and stash fabric (approx 2 yards)
Pattern: The Goodship Dress, size 3

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Deck the halls with UFOs!

Is it Christmas yet? No, but this is another project knocked out of the UFO (un-finished object) pile. It was started, well, about five years. I tell you it has taken a massive amount of inner strength to get back into the UFOs and start finishing them off. My incentive is that it helps clean up my sewing room by removing bags/boxes/containers of items that are a few steps away from completion. 

I'm not quite sure why this one took so long. Quite simply, it is a small Christmas stocking made using McCalls pattern 4693.  Size-wise it really is quite useless especially now my boys are getting older and the presents bigger. I could see a few of these made up though as Christmas decorations to line up near the tree. I digress though, and must head back to the UFO box. I actually have another (different) UFO finished and waiting to dry before I can photograph and blog. I feel like I'm on a roll!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Make this look Lisa Long Lonsdale

Lisa Long Lonsdale


Aqua "Ocean Waves" Silk Chiffon Print

The Sacha Drake Lisa Long dress and the Lonsdale sewing pattern are a perfect match. The Sacha Drake dress is made and designed in Australia and features gorgeous silk chiffon exclusive to Sacha Drake. The fabric almost looks hand-dyed/screen printed. It is perfect for my pear shape with the description stating, "My tied neckline draws attention up to the face, also broadening the shoulders to slim the waist and hips. My waist is elasticated for flexible fit. My full-flowing glamourous skirt will accommodate any hip."  It is currently on sale ($310 down from $599). I would just need to special occasion (wedding?) and budget to match. 

This look would be easy to replicate using the Sewaholic Lonsdale pattern. This pattern description says, "This dress is designed with a pear-shaped figure in mind. Knotted bodice and halter neckline draw attention to the shoulders, while the narrow waistband highlights the waist. The skirt is softly flared from the waistline to create a flattering silhouette. Pockets in the skirt are easy to sew and add a practical touch to this pretty dress. Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips.

"Change the look by tying a half-knot or a full knot in the front. Shoulder straps are completely adjustable, tying in a bow at centre back. Just untie the bow and pull the straps tighter as needed. Bodice is self-lined, skirt is unlined, with a centre back zipper closure."

The Lonsdale pattern comes highly recommended by past sewists on the Sewing Pattern Review website. Variations include omitting the pockets, wearing with a petticoat and making from stretch fabric. It is a versatile pattern, and can be made a cotton dress or a fancier dress depending on fabric choice. There is also a wedding dress version on the review website. Instructions are rated as "brilliant", "clear and concise" and there is a sew-along available on the Sewaholic website to assist. It does use a lot of fabric though (hence the Sacha Drake price). 

Seems like I have another pattern to add to my wish list but I would be making a nice cotton version for our summer.