Sometimes you just need to have a dress that is a little bit more special, and for the first time in a very long time, I have done just that. Part of the motivation comes from a sweet sew-along that is currently in progress – the Day & Night Dress Challenge, and partly by this absolutely gorgeous fabric with the vibrant pink and red roses:
This is a border print cotton sateen from the Gertie by Gretchen Hirsch range available at Spotlight (at least its still available at my Spotlight), I bought 4 metres of this as soon as it was released, but I didn’t really have a specific vision for it, so it sat on the side for a while. I just love the colours – they are so vibrant, even though the main colour of this fabric is black, it is definitely the red and pink of the roses that are the star here. And … yes, I used just about all 4 metres to make this dress, because it is a border print, all the pattern pieces needed to be cut across the grain, so it is not very economical use of the fabric, I have mainly narrow strips left over.
This print has large roses, all facing the same direction, along one edge of the fabric, the roses decrease in size as they progress towards the other edge. All the roses face the same direction. I cut the skirt of the dress out using the largest roses, and kept the bodice consistent, with the graduation of size. I’m quite pleased with the effect, and I’m also quite pleased that I managed to get a single rose centred at the front bodice.
I used my current favourite bodice pattern – the basic v-neck bodice from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. It took me quite a long time to get a fitted bodice that worked for me, so I haven’t strayed too far from it lately. I used the All-Around Pleated Skirt pattern from the same book, the same skirt that I used for my Christmas dress last year, it was the only skirt in that book, apart from the pencil skirt, that would work with the border print. I also used an invisible zipper on this dress, which is the only real variation from the book instructions.
Unlike the cotton poplin that I used for my previous version, this sateen has quite a bit of body, so the pleats don’t sit as ‘crisply’ and the whole skirt has a lot more ‘poof’.
On its own, I think that this is a polished dress that I would wear for work, however, if I were going out somewhere special I think I would add the petticoat, as below:
Its just a little extra ‘poof’ but its totally worth it!
I finished the hem by hand, I find that this gives a better finished look without any top stitching, that would have been a visible line across the print on the fabric near the hem in this case.
A Lesson Learnt
As mentioned above, I like that I got the rose print centred on the front bodice, however, I really need to start paying more attention to the fabric placement for the back bodice pieces. Although my zipper insertion is quite neat, the off-matched print looks a bit strange – but seriously, I don’t think anyone is going to be paying that much attention to the back of my dress are they?
Red White and Pink Blog Tour
This month, Sewing by Ti is celebrating all things Red, White and Pink (to complete the colour set I did wear my pearls with this dress). Make sure to visit all the other awesome bloggers throughout the month to see what they made:
Let’s get inspired!
February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro), Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th: Tenille’s Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs
Thanks for reading!