Do clothes ever remind you of something that seems completely unrelated?
It actually happens to me quite often. For instance, this dress remind me of ice-cream cones in summer. It took me a while to come up with a reason why, but I’ve rationalized it must be because the colors are so similar to mint-chocolate chip ice cream. Not that I mind this association – who can resist a summers-day ice cream cone?!
I’m mad at how washed out the mint color looks in these pictures…The mint is a beautiful color in person and contrasts perfectly with the black and white. Looks just like mint-chocolate chip ice cream. Except black and not brown :)
As the title suggests, this is Deepika’s new design for Pattern Review – the Winter Street dress! (a sister to the Summer Street dress). Now I’ll be completely honest (cause that’s what reviewers are for right?!), I didn’t think the style was very ‘me’ when I printed it out. That is to say, it’s not the style I tend to gravitate towards. So I decided to make a fast muslin to check style and fit. I followed the charts and cut a straight size small. My measurements are 35.5″ bust, 28″ waist, and 36″ hips so it was a perfect size match. While taping and cutting out the paper pattern, I was worried it was going to be too small. We sewers have the ability to look at a flat pattern and instantly determine whether we think it will fit, of course I think we can all agree that we tend to overestimate our actual size. The point being, I didn’t think I’d be able to get it on!
Of course everything turned out great. The dress fits wonderfully and moreover, I love the style! The tulip skirt is flattering and the inverted pleats really do give just enough wearing ease through the belly region…so you can feel comfortable even after a big meal :) Before making the muslin, I added 3 inches of length to the skirt for muslin but quickly found it was an unnecessary change. I love the length of the skirt as drafted and since it tapers in at the bottom there’s no need to worry about a swift wind lifting anything up!
Given that spring just sprung in Boston, I knew I wanted to adapt it for warmer weather. When I looked through my stash, I found some mint ponte (from Stylish Fabric) sitting next to white and black striped interlock fabric (from Hart’s) and I knew immediately that I needed to combine these fabrics for the dress. I’ve been drooling over all the Coco’s throughout the blogosphere and took a tip from Tilly to Breton-ize the dress by adding a striped yoke. I also shorted the sleeves.
THE TULIPS ARE BLOOMING!!! GAHHHH – IS SPRING FINALLY HERE?!
I think all of us reviewers can agree that the pattern is super fast and easy to make, even with the contrast yoke! For this version I removed about 1/2 inch from each side of the back piece. I found that the front waistline was just the right length but the back needed to be shortened to avoid swayback drooping. I was stupid and didn’t use clear elastic to stabilize the waistline and it was obvious that the pleats were weighing down the top (this is in the instructions btw, I just didn’t follow them, whoops). So, I unpicked my overcasting and everything, and sewed clear elastic to both the skirt and bodice pieces because everything had stretched out a lot by this point. This made the pieces come back together easily and now the waistline and pleats are much more stable.
I know I’ve got a winner when Dan approves…and he definitely gave me a thumbs-up! He’s said a few times now that this dress reminds him of something Zooey Dechanel would wear as Jess in New Girl…I guess that’s a compliment right?! Don’t miss the other stops of the Winter Street Dress Blog Tour! So many cute dresses!
- Sew Crafty Chemist
- Detective Houndstooth
- How good is that?
- Trumbelina Sews
- daniKate Designs
- Sherril’s Sewing Saga
- Sharon Sews
- Stitchin’ in my Kitchen
- Sewing Forward
- Hellou’s Handmades
- Crafted by Carrie (That’s me, in case you didn’t know where you were :)
- Greetings from Beyond the Basic Block
- Julia Bobbin