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Tropical leaf dress

Name Tropical leaf dress
Status finished
Happiness
Started Sep 24, 2020
Completed Sep 30, 2020
Progress 100 %
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Notes This fabric is rather bold for me - and not a colour I would usually choose. It is a Liberty Tana Lawn cotton, so was very nice to sew. Fabric felt a little too lightweight for this style, so the dress was fully lined with a pink cotton and has a deep hem facing to add weight to the skirt.

The bodice section came out rather small, I ordered slightly larger than my actual bust measurement but the bodice was too tight. A lot of work was involved in rescuing this project - unpicking and extending the plackets to the full length of the dress, opening the placket seams to insert a zipper. The zipper was quite a chunky, open-ended one (really for a jacket, I think) but I liked the large silver puller on it, so I shortened the zipper tape to remove the other opening end. A lot of very time-consuming hand stitching, with tiny stitches......
This has added the extra centimetres needed to make the dress comfortable to wear, so I am pleased with it now.

I like this style so will probably redraft the pattern pieces to add in some extra ease and make another version with the original button placket.

Users Comments

  • Maria

    Don't know what happened there, unfortunately this site will not allow me to delete all the duplicate comments - sorry about that!

  • Maria

    Thank you everyone!
    Anne-Marie, we have a saying in the Uk (I don't know whether this translates internationally) that "Patience is a virtue" - I was certainly feeling very "virtuous" when I succeeded in rescuing this dress!!!

  • Maria

    Thank you everyone!
    Anne-Marie, we have a saying in the Uk (I don't know whether this translates internationally) that "Patience is a virtue" - I was certainly feeling very "virtuous" when I succeeded in rescuing this dress!!!

  • Maria

    Thank you everyone!
    Anne-Marie, we have a saying in the Uk (I don't know whether this translates internationally) that "Patience is a virtue" - I was certainly feeling very "virtuous" when I succeeded in rescuing this dress!!!

  • Maria

    Thank you everyone!
    Anne-Marie, we have a saying in the Uk (I don't know whether this translates internationally) that "Patience is a virtue" - I was certainly feeling very "virtuous" when I succeeded in rescuing this dress!!!

  • Anne-Marie Dionne

    You are very patient! But the result is worth it!

  • Mirja Liehunen

    Those extra surprises are familiar to me too. Sometimes (read usually) I have to think about how to solve the challenges. Overall, your dress is very pretty.

  • Newenka

    This is a very beautiful fabric and dress and I love the colors.