Monday, 5 May 2014

The Dot, Dot, Dot, Dash Dress!


 


I really can’t believe it, two things started and finished in the same year! Yes, I’m back again with my second Sew for Victory project…. The ∙∙∙ ─ dress.

To be honest, this project has been a little personal victory for me. I started out with great trepidation as I feared the pattern was beyond my dressmaking capabilities; but now, after finishing the dress with relative ease, I feel like I can take on anything I so desire…. well, to a degree! It has given me such a boost in confidence and a much needed one at that.

This pattern included top stitching, gathers, a placket and collar- all the things I hate doing, and I did ‘em all like a big girl! 
 
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 Ohh, such pretty waist and hip details...
 
 
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  My first of four corners clipped, turned, pressed and tacked! I was so pleased with my efforts as i really didn't fancy the idea of all those corners and points at the beginning, but there will be no stopping me now! :)
The front of the corselet ready to be top stitched to the bodice....
 
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The Finished Dress: Take One!
 
I say take one because I thought I had finished it and finished it I had! Everything was done- the collar, the placket, the belt, the hem- everything. All done. Then I went on my merry way outside to do the photos, came in, uploaded them to the computer and went…. “Well, well, well! What’s going on ‘ere then?” I suddenly noticed a load of ugly folds around the shoulder and neck. I looked like an American footballer with the way the bodice fitted or should that be, didn’t fit?!
The thought of having problems with an ill fitting bodice didn’t even cross my mind when sewing. I just thought Mammy had made all the necessary changes, but you never can tell- it’s those pesky sleeves and collar, I tell yee!
So, Mammy had to do a load more lifting and fiddling to add and take out the extra fabric in the bodice until the neck and shoulder once again fitted properly.
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The Finished Dress: Take Two!


 Such lovely shoulders....
 
 
The placket of pure pain. There was me, all content with my placket. Beautifully sewn and hand slip stitched into place ( I absolutely HATE doing plackets- I seem to have a mental block towards them)… turned it to the right side and what did I find? I had only gone and sewn the facing and under flap to the wrong sides! I felt such a divvy and a prize one a that! It’s funny, or not so funny really, how the first attempt went so smoothly in, yet everything that could go wrong did on the second attempt!

 
 
 
A close up of the fixed shirring...
 
 
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And here's a load of me in  it!
 
 
 
The Back...
 
 
 
 
 
 


I’m absolutely thrilled with my new dress, but I’m a little annoyed with my choice of fabric. (honestly, what was I thinking!) In hindsight I should have used a lighter coloured and less patterned print as you lose all the lovely details on this print. I think the detail is going to be like my embroidered knickers-  I’m the only one who knows its there! ;)

 Not to worry though, as I have some very pretty plain blue fabric in the stash and so another dress of the same design is on the horizon...Watch this space!
 
 
 
All the best,
 
Your Tupney xxx
 
 
 
 
 
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21 comments:

  1. You look beautiful and you are sooo talented! Makes me wish I could sew!! xox

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  2. The dress is lovely and you look fantastic! I do think the print is especially pretty, though it is difficult to appreciate all the yummy details. I will be looking for your next dress from this pattern. It will be a stunner!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!! You have every right to be proud of this dress. So many complicated little parts to work through and you did a fantastic job! Well done, Miss :)

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  4. You should be very proud! That fabric is gorgeous. Am now considering sewing a dress which is dangerous and entirely your fault! x

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  5. That dress is an absolute triumph! Well done on creating something outside of your comfort zone, you look splendid! The fabric you chose is really beautiful too xx

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  6. Lovely! And the dress is nice too ;)

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  7. Ahh it's lovely. I'm super jealous!

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  8. Well done, it's super. Very frustrating when such things go wrong, the amount of times I have sewn something the wrong way round or the like, I feel your pain!

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  9. Absolutely brilliant Tickety! Beautiful job, and to think you did it all yourself. Well done!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  10. What a fabulous dress! Now that pattern is familiar - would you mind sharing which one it is?
    I also have a habit of using busy prints for dresses where the details need to shine. But the shape is also important and you can see that in your dress.
    Gotta love all those points and corners and shirring too! Points are SO much easier when you only have to top stitch them aren't they!? I love how most 40s patterns tell you to do it this way.
    How good are those darted sleeves too? Theyre my favourite style of sleeve :-D

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  11. Stellar job Tupps! So beautiful - and you have the figure to show these dresses to their best advantage (read envious matronly type here!). I am also looking forward to seeing your next version of this one....

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  12. Looks fantastic on you :) Well done for finishing 2 projects x

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  13. Fantastic job! You look beautiful. Congrats on finishing both projects. :)\
    Emily

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  14. Great job !
    You look fabulous in this dress, and this print is really an amazing one, perfect for spring time !

    Xo

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  15. A truly superb dress! I particularly like the built-up shoulders and shirring. You look lovely in it :-)

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  16. It is a very pretty dress - and the plain one will look very different in an equally charming way, I'm sure.

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  17. Gorgeous dress, lovely fabric too. I think it will look great in plain fabric too.

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  18. Again (and always): you are an artist!
    This dress is marvelous. I'm fascinated... but, then again: every single piece of outfit you create fascinates me.
    Kepp up the stellar work - and please keep showing it around!

    Hug
    Marija

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  19. Oh my! I just found your blog and you look just absolutely stunning. So real authentic, my compliments. Really hope to se more on this blog! X

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Ta very much for your messages folks!

Tickety Boo Tupney xxx

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