Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sophia Dress

The Sophia Dress is simply divine!!!!!!
 This is a pattern from By Hand London: http://byhandlondon.com/products/sophia-dress
 I LOVE this pattern!!! It fit me right off with only one muslin and tinny changes.
 The pattern is so cool, unique, and modern with darts that form a v. Easy to sew, fun to see the new and different way the bodice comes together, and a great fit for my body!
 My sister brought me the silk from china and I lined the bodice with a black silk habotai. 
 I used a six paneled skirt different from the pattern because I wanted to leave the floral print of the fabric as undisturbed by sewing lines as possible. 
 I also made a silk Bolero to go with the dress fro cooler days: The Bolero pattern is from Sew Chic:http://www.sewchicpatterns.com/victory.html. I love the way the V of the darts form a diamond with the arc of the bolero.
 Ff course, being silk the dress feels like heaven and moves with grace!
By Hand London Sophia Dress:http://byhandlondon.com/products/sophia-dress 

"Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into 
the conversation....All the birds
and the creatures of the world are unutterably
 themselves. Everything is waiting for you."
David Whyte 

Christine's Ceylon Dress

Oh my poor neglected blog! Happily I have been sewing just not blogging!
 This is a ceylon dress I made for my wonderful friend Christine.
 I used Colette's Pattern https://www.colettepatterns.com/catalog/ceylon. Funny how you can be friends with someone for millions of years but not until I sewed this dress for her did I realize how petit she is - less than a size 0! I used the sleeve from Colette's Macaron dress because I liked how the scallop of that Macaron Dress echos the neckline.
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 Christine is a fabulous landscape oil painter and she chose this lovely cotton with a print os deer, leaves and flowers. I loved working with it to get interesting ways in which the print lined up.
 I lined the dress with silk because it is a quilting cotton. The fabric is Amy Butler http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/amy_butler/bright_heart/oh_deer_in_plum. I love Amy Butler prints and Hawthorn Threads is a great place to get nice fabric.
 I also made a bolero to go with the dress. The pattern is from Sew Chic: http://www.sewchicpatterns.com/victory.html.

"So much of the satisfaction of life is in taking risks for the thing you love." Rod Maclver