I think this dress has a distinctly nautical feel - it is a wearable muslin for the dress I am wearing to a wedding next weekend. Would you believe it is made from a duvet cover that cost £1? Well believe it, because it is. Much inspired by the items made by other sewing bloggers using sheets and duvets (thanks Miss P!) I had been keeping my eyes open in charity shops for something suitable. Some weeks ago I bought this double duvet cover:
Vertically striped cover - the blue section is the bottom of the cover.
I'd already made a bodice muslin before this wearable muslin, but wanted to try the whole thing before I used my 'good' fabric. I decided that I'd try a combination of horizontal and vertical stripes together, I think to have both the skirt and bodice in either direction might look a bit overwhelming.
Skirt pieces cut out
Although the bodice muslin had shown I needed to remove a bit from the centre of the front and back pieces, there were still some fit issues with the bodice, as there was excess fabric at each side, and the armholes were a bit gappy.
Sides of bodice showing excess fabric pinned and loose (I know this looks like my body is missing, but Blogger seemingly can't handle putting 2 images beside each other)
Dress worn with crinoline (homemade! More in another post...)
I think I made an OK job of matching stripes on the bodice front - it was hard because of the princess seams. However I was so pleased with this that I totally forgot that the front and back would be joined together (duh) and didn't match those striped sections. I don't think it's too bad though, at least not enough to bother me.
Side showing zip, which I'm pretty proud of - still needs a hook fastener at the top
Here is my review of the project:
Woman W142 pattern for a Day Dress of Tennis Dress. Purchased in January 2011 from eBay.
Incidentally, it was designed by Teddy Tinling, who is described on Wikipedia as "an English tennis player, fashion designer, spy and author". Sounds like an interesting man, eh?
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope?Yes, although the neckline is more rounded than in the illustration.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but it helped that I'm not a complete beginner, as I might have struggled a bit then.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It was easy to make - no facings just bias bound edges. I was dreading the easing which had to be done to make the bodice pieces fit together, but actually I just took my time and it was fine.
Fabric & Notions
Duvet cover, white bias binding, white zip and white thread.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you madeI took in excess at the centre front and back of the bodice and at the sides of the bodice
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I already have! Yes, I would recommend it, but not to a complete novice.
Pattern £6 (£12 divided by 2 since I've made it twice - I don't usually pay this much, rush of blood to the head I think)
Thread £1 approx
Total = £10.90
I'm really happy with it, it's a classic style and I'm delighted with the fit.