Monday, April 15, 2013

Laurel, the first


This is my first Laurel. She's pretty sassy malassy, if you ask me.
It's a little strange to think of writing a post about  a dress that  didn't require a lot of fiddling and fussing.
That's right, pretty much, straight out of the package, two muslins later, no FBA. Which is pretty much unheard of for me.

You know the story. I was inspired by this Kate Spade shift with the double ruffle sleeves:

And I had some fabric in my stash...a silky polyester something or other that was black and white.  I was at Joann's yesterday for a serger class and I saw some zebra print sateen. Dang! But, I probably won't make one in zebra. My version will have to do.


I think it's an adorable dress. And I don't have to hold my stomach in.


See those sleeves? I did that on my serger!


The first time around, I cut a size 18 just to see.
Then I cut a size 16, grading down to a 14 through the hips and skirt.


It does tend to shift back on my shoulders. I don't' know why, do any of you?


Because of the width of the neckline, it really didn't need a zipper. I am thinking that my next one, I'll raise up that neckline in the back.

It's a cute dress. I will wear it this summer with flats and during the fall/winter with some tights. I would have shown you a few different outfit options, but honestly, I have sworn off tights until October! I think if would look really cute with boots, too.

My next version is going to be from that Pantone loaded print ( blogged about here), along with a poppy red coat to wear as a companion piece for the Pattern Review Contest.


22 comments:

  1. Great! I love your version and think you fabulous!

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  2. Nice but honestly I can't wait to see the next one!

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  3. This is smashing. I love the double ruffle sleeve and this print. It's a great print.

    Would a roll shoulder adjustment fix the sliding on your back shoulders?

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  5. You look FAB. As to it shifting to the back, you probably did need an FBA. Your dress is riding up to find more fabric.

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  6. OMG I freakin love that dress!!! It's SO cute! Love the sleeve ruffles, they're perfect.

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  7. Looks absolutely wonderful! Love the sleeve ruffles.

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  8. This is very flattering on you! And your version definitely has the feel of your Kate Spade inspiration dress. I can certainly imagine this becoming a tnt pattern for you.

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  9. Its a lovely dress indeed - I have to admit I wasn't too impressed by the pattern picture either. Lynne, do you often do two muslins - I'm finding that I might have too as well, and thought I was the only one with that sort of problem!

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  10. Very cute-especially those sleeves! (I think you can go down a size)

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    1. Hmmmm... You may be right, Mary. Along with a full bust adjustment and raising up the back neckline. Muslin #3!

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  11. You are a sassy mallassy cutie patootie!! Very cool sleeves, great print, and just overall awesome. Thanks for showing us how beautiful this dress can be.

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  12. ah, yes, the dreaded riding-backward dress or shirt. according to, i believe, nancy zieman, the solution is this: instead of matching the shoulder-cap notch to the shoulder seam, bring it forward a bit. like you, i'm blessed with more than i need, so i bring the notch forward about 1/2", sometimes more, although the recommended amount is about 1/4". you'd have to experiment with that amount. the theory is that the upper sleeve and it's cap carries the shirt with it and if it is pitched too far back it takes the dress or shirt with it. by moving the cap forward you maintain the balance it needs to bring forward the shoulder seam. i can only say it works for me, especially in shirts that have no fitting features like darts to help anchor the shirt in place. i hope this helps anyone with the same problem.

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  14. This is so cute on you and it is great fabric.

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  15. Great post. YOU look maaahhhhhvalous!

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  16. This is ADORABLE! I love it so much! You sure do look sassy malassy! Well done, miss!

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  17. This dress looks lovely on you. It's always a bonus when you get a great dress from a nice simple pattern that doesn't cause you too many dramas.

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  18. That looks wonderful : I hope you're not entering the Laurel competition!! ;-)

    I've just made a muslin of it and considering how little work was involved, I'm getting quite a few compliments.

    Awaiting your new version!

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