Now to talk about the fabric, this one is from Atelier Brunette and is called 'Bye Bye Birdie' in black - it's simple in design and really rather lovely don't you agree?? I know you are wondering why I so quickly avoided one resolution to think before cutting such a lovely fabric... well we cant all be perfect can we?! This fabric is a cotton which feels the same as a lawn in weight so its not too heavy. I can therefore see myself wearing this in the spring and summer as well - providing I get tanned legs as the whiteness of my skin can be a bit of a shocker to the eye!!
I think what I should point out here is that I am completely unable to dress in a seasonally appropriate manner and so generally will try and wear items that are not quite right for winter and layer myself with tights and thermals underneath instead - and even then not to a point of being warm enough. I never got winter dressing for some reason and my wardrobe has always been a little lost and confused at this time of year, maybe I am just always hopeful it will be warm soon and I can hold out just a little longer so there's no point in making anything too seasonal and cosy....mmm I realise this is stupid but hey...
Anyway back to the construction. It's the first time in ages whilst in the middle of making up a garment that I suddenly began to feel unsure of what the finished item was going to look like. Usually the vision of the finished piece is strong and I get so excited about the prospect of seeing the final piece and finally wearing it that it pushes me to finish it. With this dress I only really completed it because I didn't want an unfinished object staring at me from my fabric stash until I re-purposed it. That's how little I had high hopes for this dress. I think it's because half way through I suddenly thought it reminded me of dresses I used to wear ten years ago, and it felt a little like I was stepping back in time style wise. It's probably why I have subconsciously avoided making it for so long. I am not saying it isn't a lovely dress or a nice style but I realise that it just feels like something I owned a while ago.
In fact this dress has been great for reducing stashed extras, buttons, thread and bias tape and hey an old pattern! I am not sure if I would hurry to stitch it up again but if I did I would want to do a toile to modify the pattern and make sure the bodice fit better. I will also probably be getting rid of the ties on the back of the dress as I think I prefer it with a belt. I wanted to show it both ways here though so you could see it as it was intended to be sewn together but I don't think you can really see the difference on the black fabric and in the back view I am also standing awkwardly! I also don't think the ties are really long enough - I just managed to tie them into a bow here but I would prefer something longer really. I also realised when I had finished photographing the dress that it pulled slightly on the buttons around the bust because I tied the waist ties at the back - another reason to get rid of them! I hadn't noticed this before but hopefully it wont stand out too much on the images.
So what do you think of the Darling Ranges dress? Hit or miss?! Would it be something that you would make? Or have you already made one up before? Be great to hear what you think. Happy Sewing everyone!