The winter clothes are folded and packed away in the attic and last year’s summer stuff is scattered around the house – some for ironing, some for washing, some for giving away and some for wearing. I counted 13 dresses! I seem to make a lot of dresses but rarely wear them so……
This week for Me Made May, I set myself the challenge of wearing dresses. A different dress a day.
Some mornings I just wanted to reach for trousers and a shirt but I stuck to my promise and can now say, without guilt, that I have worn these dresses at least once! The weather has improved considerably since Monday, hence the removal of the boots and on with the sandals!
Here’s some extra details and links if you want to check out the patterns and fabric.
Marfy 0303: New this year. I actually made the blue one (Friday) first and loved it so much I made the other one (Monday). The pattern comes free with the Marfy catalogue and as I’ve never made a Marfy before, this is a good way of testing the drafting and fit without having to purchase. Of course, you have to pay for the catalogue, but at €20 plus €9 postage, and 20 free patterns – it’s a bargain – and you get to look at all the pretty pictures. The main blue fabric is a robust brushed cotton from Croftmill and the pale blue contrast is a bit of shirt linen bought years ago from the now defunct Ulster Weavers. I made a drop down hem in the linen to sort of make it look like I had another dress underneath and to balance out the collar. Lined in blue china silk
The quilting cotton version is much the same, with a contrasting but matching pattern for the collar and drop down hem and lined in cream cotton. The extra hem also adds a little length. Marfy patterns don’t come with instructions so there is a little bit of figuring out to do but I love the results.
Vogue 8870: Tuesday – Made last year. I straightened out the mullet hem but should have lengthened the bodice by a couple of inches. I always wear this with a belt as I didn’t tighten the elasticated waist enough, and it covers the ‘high’ waist on the dress. It’s an Easy rated pattern but watch that bodice length! Fabric came from Tessu last year too, but I think they still have some.
Pattern Company: Wednesday – Made last year. Same fabric as Tuesday except in a different colour-way. I made a pink satin slip to wear underneath which reflected the flash – it doesn’t look that shiny in real life and adds an extra layer and makes the dress decent for public consumption. I can also wear the pink slip under Tuesday’s dress. I can’t find the pattern this year, so it may have been withdrawn from the collection.
Check out Pattern Company patterns – they’re lovely. While the Italians don’t include instructions, the Germans do but they are in German (fair enough) so you either need to read German, translate them or make it up as you go along.
Brasilia Dress: Thursday – New this year. This is a free downloadable pattern from House of Pinheiro – thank you! I wasn’t too sure about the size and the seam allowances so there was a lot of ‘fitting’ involved to get this dress to wearable status. I altered the neckline to include a sort of V thing similar to the Ralph Rucci in Vogue. It’s pretty when I’m standing upright with my shoulders back but as soon as I sit down there’s a wonderful view of everything at bust level – hence the scarf!
The fabric is a study cotton from Chrysalis, a lovely soft pink with creamy/ivory polka dots. On me it looks like the dress that wasn’t there – a little too similar to my own skin tones and so requires a stronger colour on top so I don’t look naked!
As for the Summer boots – these are the best invention ever!!! No need to wax or shave or apply tanning potion. The boots are usually unlined, perforated or punched with a design and made from thin suede. Look at these ones for some ideas – Gido and Jessica Buurman for sandal/boots.
But the week is not over yet……..
More dresses to come. And just before I sign off for today – here’s a reminder of my Giveaway of your choice of uncut patterns. Entry closes on May 20th GMT. Good luck!