Let me share you my
latest 2 months old unblogged dress. The BHL Sophia dress. A fitted sleeveless V-neck bodice with angled darts. You guys know I LOVE Y shaped darts. I have sewn a few i.e Brasilia dress(es) and Named Florence.
This pattern is even cooler because the skirt also feature Y darts. Due to my love of prints the design features are camouflaged but they create a beautiful shape. In my head this dress is called Sophia Loren because I’m totally feeling the glamour. Could I be watching the sunset at Lake Como? Totally. Could I just be boarding a yacht? Bring me those umbrella drinks.
My dress was made with one of my favourite fabrics: cotton sateen. Sateen is a term that defines the type of weave,which gives the fabric stretchability, softer and silkier feel. It offers the comfort I’m looking for in clothes and allows me to wear little ease, which I prefer. A variety of prints are generally available so it’s completely a win- win for me.
Perfect to Dance Dance Dance!
When I took this photos back in May I still didn’t have my hair cut. It is now 5 cm shorter! I’m trying to keep my hair natural and curly a little more often. All the straightening, even with protection, was pretty damaging. Can you believe that during this last 11 years I barely worn my hair naturally curly.
I love my natural hair, don’t get me wrong but the reason I kept straightening is mainly because i’m
low maintenance lazy beauty wise. You see, curly hair needs a lot more caring, washing more constantly, more treatments for moisture, loads of product for definition of the curls etc. With my old office job and constant traveling it was just easy to dry and style straight. I am know to fully embrace the out of bed look. Than habit settled in and I never changed my routine. As I said, lazy!
Enough about my hair, the (Sophia) Loren dress is current one of my favourites of the year. The girls of BHL are totally guilty in providing endless favourites. Last year Georgia stole my heart, which reminds me that I need to fix the zipper. Did I tell you Victoria had to cut me out of it when my invisible zipper got stuck and broke after christmas party, when I stayed at BHL HQ? Invisible zippers do tend to be little trouble-makers, don’t you think? Have you encountered something similar?
Size & fitting: my usual BHL size 10/14. In some of BHL patterns the darts need to drop by 3 cm but some I don’t. I knew my Brasilia dress offered the right dart position so I used it as my reference to adjust the bust darts for this dress. The skirt pattern is literarily unchanged and fits perfectly.
Construction wise, there isn’t much I can talk about this dress. Instructions are comprehensive and I enjoy the sew.
Blog housekeeping. I have two further posts scheduled but than I will return to my blog break for a few more weeks. There is no denial that sewing is a great de-stresser. My mom is calling me a ‘machine’. Life during the last 2 months has been very intense so I been sewing like a mad woman as a way to cope. I found great comfort on being quiet on the blog for a while too. I miss it, so don’t think you will be getting rid of me that easily. Unfortunately than means a crazy backlog of projects to share: Ondee (Deer & Doe), Bellatrix Blazer (Papercut), Peplum blouse (manequim magazine), Sheath dress (manequim magazine), Baby gift outfits, Agnes top (Tilly and the buttons), Yoyo Skirt (Papercut), Adelaide dress (Seamwork magazine), Uniqlo rub -off trousers and a wax print low back dress. If you are too curious all the sneak peeks on the sidebar ( Instagram).
Happy sewing xx