So, what one should wear for the start of a little trip in Paris? A new handmade dress of course.
I wanted to sew something easy to wear, that would not get crinkled on the train journey, comfortable and stylish.
Feeling excited about my exploration of ‘loose‘ fit shapes I picked papercut Saiph Tunic. (A gift from Jane)
Don’t you love how the sewing-love that goes around? You send fabric, patterns to people around the world, some you know in person, some you never met. Sewing really opens the door for new friendships.
The scuba jersey windowpane was bought at the same time of the scuba for the neptune top. It is stretchier that I first thought but still super easy to sew.
I do think the scuba works for this shape but I should have made it a size smaller. I have sewn my usual papercut S with some alterations.
I took 1cm off the centre back (messing some of my stripes). Dropped the french dart (how fitting), sewn all the seams 1,5cm instead of 1cm and lengthen the dress bodice by 10 cm. By personal experience with a shop bought scuba dress that kept riding up I felt better be safe adding extra length. When I tried without the flounce(skirt ?) and it was ok. But after I made the whole dress the weight of the skirt changed the effect.
I didn’t like the result of the proportions were wrong -80’s came to my mind- so decided to cut my dress in half at the waist, taking 3 cm off and re sewing!
It turned into a nice design feature. I don’t feel scared trying things. Experience is thinking on your feet and trying ideas. Good or bad you will learn from it and learning is great!
I love how transitional for fall this looks is but still not too warm. I can get a lot of wear out of it. If I am being picky, I would like to have lengthen the dart a little bit more and repositioned it. I don’t think looks terrible but I feel a bit perfectionism nagging voice bothering me. Although this dress is wearable, it’s more like a muslin- fit wise. I find Sunni
take on fit refreshingly honest, when she says it takes her around 5 versions to get the fit absolutely right for her and I couldn’t agree more.
To keep my facings in place, I under-stitched it. I also catch-stitched the facing ends on the shoulders seams.
I used my twin needles to hem the flounce (skirt?)and the sleeves. I love twin needles.
The pictures where taken during the day one of my Paris trip. I was up since 4 am so my big glasses were my best friend!
There are loads of fabrics shops around and I cannot wait to share more.
This trip originally was to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. Unfortunately 3 days before my parents were due to leave Brasil Air France went on strike. So they had to cancel the whole trip, including the hotel where I was staying with them. I almost cancelled my trip too because hotels prices where crazily expensive , when Jolies Bobines
offered me her place to sofa crash! She was a wonderful host around the fabric places. I totally went budget on food/ tourism to spend my money on fabric lol!