Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blue dress finished

Blue dress
Blue dress finishing notions
Here is a close-up of the buttons and D-ring I got for the dress. The buttons are slightly smaller than called for (13mm as opposed to 15) so I put more on. I liked that they were very slightly turquoise and slightly mottled too. I didn't have a lot of choice in the D-rings so I got the pewter coloured ones, thinking they would blend into the dress more.
Blue dress more detail
And here I am wearing it! I decided to wear it to school tonight so I got Peter to take a snap. It is SO comfortable.

Several weeks ago, in one of their regular draws, I won a gift certificate at FabricLand. I finally went shopping for the fabric yesterday. I had to spend it all at once so I planned ahead for a few of the things I wanted.
New fabrics
From left to right:
100% cotton damask in the palest of pinks. I need a larger coverlet for my giant bed so I have decided to add a flange around the edges of an existing matelasse coverlet - the one that the fabrics are resting on.

A black, textured cotton with a white line drawing of flowers on it, and tiny touches of lime green and mauve. I thought it would make for a knee length skirt and matching top that I could wear as separates too.

1.4 metres of mottled pink brushed cotton. I couldn't resist the fact that it was $1/metre and thought I might get a skirt out of it.

Navy rayon with large white flowers. It was the closest thing to a Hawaiian print I could find in rayon so I can make Peter a shirt.

Faux suede with all-over embroidery. I am making a jean jacket for my niece (who turns 15 this summer). She had asked for black but when I saw this suede in what is a neutral colour also, I thought it would look so much more flattering on her and be more versatile too. And it really feels like suede. I can always make her a black one later.

Thin blue denim embroidered to a raspberry pink cotton backing. They called it quilted in the store but there is no fibre padding between the two fabric layers. I imagined a jacket for myself where I could turn up the sleeves and show the pink inside.


SewChic said...

The dress looks so nice on you. I've enjoyed watching your progress. Great job!

bbrug said...

Very fresh and springy!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Sewchic (Ruth)! I have linked to your blog for more sewing resources. Didn't know you were lurking. :)

Yes bbrug, I just love the colour. The pattern and the fabric make it so comfy. And look - pockets!

Puddles said...

What a great dress! Thanks for sharing the process - as a beginner sewing enthusiaist I have learned lots from you. I look forward to your future projects.

JuliaR said...

Thanks Puddles! I am glad you are enjoying the blog. I have to finish the reversible coat first but then I'll start something new.

Miriam said...

hi julia!
i love the dress. the fit is terrific and it looks very comfortable. as always i love your step by step photos.

JuliaR said...

Thanks Miriam. That pattern is worth making again.