Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sewing on a Budget: A Summer Dress in Black...& Red

This month I sewed a black cotton summer dress with with a really great stretch cotton from Abakhan Fabrics.
The project got off to a bad start as I thought I was ordering a black cotton jersey and intended sewing boy's t-shirts, so when this lovely cotton arrived I had to rethink. Salme Patterns have a free pattern for a dress that I've wanted to sew for a while, so I sewed the Sonja dress.
There are just 4 pattern pieces, so it isn't a very difficult pattern. The only slight changes I made were to add bias binding to the neckline and armholes, and to sew an exposed zipper. The binding and zipper both came from my stash.
Despite measuring the pattern pieces carefully and comparing my measurements, I had a problem fitting the bodice. It was much too large at the lower part of the armholes so I had to take about 4 cm from each side, tapering down to zero at the waist. Because of this I think the bodice lost some of it's shape at the armholes, and ended up overfitted.

One part of the pattern that I particularly loved was how the bodice darts and side seams aligned perfectly with the side seams and pleats of the skirt. (The picture is over-exposed to show the detail).

I'm not sure if a red exposed zipper was the best idea, but it was all I had. I used this method which I found on Burdastyle to sew the zipper. Though I like this method, I think the one illustrated by Pattern Runway would have looked better, as less of the red zipper tape would show.
The Burdastyle method allows for a neat finish inside.
The cost of the project was as follows
Cotton 97% Elastane 3% Fabric - white version £7.85 x 2m = £15.70
Free pattern
Binding from stash (similar available)
Zipper from stash (similar available)

As I used about a meter and a half, the dress cost approx £11.00.

And the modelled pics! Roles have very much reversed around here recently, my 6 year old loves being asked to take pictures. She took these pictures and is a natural behind the camera!
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14 comments:

  1. It's a great dress, Angela! I like the pops of red from the binding and zipper.

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    1. Thank Cindy :-) I wasn't sure about the red, so I'm glad you think they look ok together :-)

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  2. I like the red zipper! Great job!

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  3. Thanks Olga. I love how easy the exposed zipper is to put in, hopefully that trend will continue for a while :-)

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  4. Lovely dress! I really like the exposed red zipper. It adds a nice design and line element.

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    1. Thanks Catja! I wanted something to break up all the black, so I'm glad it works :-)

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  5. I like how the zipper looks, inside and outside! Thank you dfor letting me know of this dress (downloaded!), it's a nice one, maybe I should think of making one for me too (and the bias is really lovely!)
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper (newest follower everywhere!)

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    1. Hello Irene, thanks for your lovely comment and the Follows! I hope you get to try the dress :-)

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  6. Wonderful post...I like your pretty blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! That would be great :-)

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  7. It looks brilliant, I love the red it stops the dress from being too plain. I like the style of the skirt, it's got s really nice shape. Looks fab on you :-)

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    1. Fiona, thank you :-) I'm glad I sewed it! it was too long on the 'to-do' list.

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