In the middle of November Tilly and the Buttons launched the #SewingFrancoise contest, her brand new pattern. I liked the sixties model and it would have been a new challenge… I had never sewed a dress with raglan sleeves and added a collar. So, why not trying to make it? :)
I chose to make a party dress and so I looked for themed fabrics. I chose a deep blue cotton with graphic flowers jaquard that takes gold aspect depending on how the light is on. It’s a made in Italy haute-couture fabric comes from the Vivienne Westwood’s collections. I was quite hesitant for the collar, but in the end I chose to make it with a golden corduroy fabric from a very famous italian cotton mill and I used a piping with golden metallic beads to embellish it. All bought on Supercut website.
I was in a hurry…I made everything at the last minute, so I didn’t have time to realise a test and I cut the fabric directly. I shortened the dress by 5 cm and this time I made it tighter on the back with the help of Filippo to eliminate a little defect (a fit problem that I have had also with the previous dresses). I made the sleeves tighter by 1 cm in each side and cut the sides of the skirt to reduce the flared effect a little bit. I turned the collar in a Peter Pan collar.
The dress is very simple to sew, the instructions are really clear as usual and thanks to the overlocking machine I’ve just given me for Christmas :) :) :) I managed to finish off the inside in a proper way.
Instead realise the collar adding the piping and sew it on the dress was quite difficult…the result is not really precise neither on the front nor on the back (probably I made something wrong because it doesn’t get the zip opening precisely). This tutorial was very useful to add the piping: http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2014/12/how-to-sew-piping-into-seam.html
I added also a hook to have the zip opening closed in a better way.
It is not really a everyday dress, but it could be a nice dress for a special occasion or for the New Year’s Eve…what do you think?