This post first appeared on Imagine Gnats as part of Selfish Sewing Week.
For selfish sewing week I took the plunge and bought my first pattern from Deer & Doe, The Aubépine dress! I’ve been swooning over Eléonore’s patterns, since Rachael first shared a link with me, so it seems kind of appropriate that I should be sharing what I made, here on Imagine Gnats.
The dress calls for lightweight fabrics such as batiste, voile,or lightweight chambrey, so this was the perfect opportunity to try out some of the new arrivals in my shop, Stitch Organics: Koi Voile from Cloud9 Fabrics and dyed organic batiste. I chose my favourite print from the Koi Voile collection: “It’s a plus”, as the main fabric, and paired it with the violet organic batiste, as a lining. Both fabrics are GOTS certified.
These fabrics work perfectly with shades 4813 (Grape) and 4833 (Coal) of my GOTS certified organic cotton sewing thread. For ease I used shade 4801 (natural) in my overlocker for finishing off edges. Instead of using ribbon, I used recycled textile yarn in a purple shade.
The construction was pretty straight forward. The instructions come in both English and French, but they are in separate booklets, which makes it less confusing, unless you have only had 5 hours sleep and accidentally pick up the wrong one! The difficulty level is intermediate, which is probably about right. The instructions are fairly detailed, but they don’t hold your hand every single step of the way and it does include a few pleats to cope with but otherwise, standard, lined dress construction.
I made the (European) size 38, which is a size 10 over in the UK. The pattern is designed to fit an hourglass figure (slim waist, bigger bust C-D cup and hips), which should have made this a pretty good fit, but, they are also designed to fit a 5ft 5 woman, and I’m only 5ft1. So the fit isn’t as precise as I would like. In all honesty, a size 36 may have been a little better, and is the size I would usually buy, but from my measurements I was coming out at a size 38. I really need to sew myself a gigantic version of Rachael’s “Make time for Muslins! Sewing Sayings… but who am I kidding, it wouldn’t make any difference to my muslin aversion!
I wouldn’t call myself a girly girl, but damn, I love myself a new pretty dress!
I have had such a great time joining in with Selfish Sewing Week, I spent some of my time, just organising my sewing space further, which I have been meaning to do for AGES. So thank you, Rachael and Jill, for coming up with the idea and for inviting me to share what I made!