The Battle of the Stitches goes into a second round. This time i`m going to take part! Olu of Needle and Ted and Toya of Made by Toya, it`s a pleasure to sew with you!
This round is all about the color grey. We`re all grey lovers and if you think grey isn`t a real color, has something staid and sad about it, I hope that we can change your mind. The subtle charm of grey is like a perfect stage for every other color. Plain and simple as I like it.
Toya and Olu having their first appearance on their own blog today, so hop over and give them some love for their bravery!
Let`s talk about my dress. The Pattern is out of drape drape. My favorite sewing book. Maybe, you can remember this dress. Most of the designs arise out of a single pattern piece. The fabric is laid in gathers and tucks until it wraps nicely around the body. A real art, but easy to sew!
Fabric is Chalk from atelier Brunette. It`s a woven fabric and doesn`t stretch, so I had to pair it with a plain grey knit. The slackness of the fabric creates those beautiful loose drapes.
I do not fear anything while sewing but this dress reminded me that I definitely don`t like to insert an invisible zipper. I had to take it out about 5 times (seam ripper you`re such a good friend!), until… I could call it okay. It still isn`t as easy to close as it should be.
The design has a little train on the back skirt. While wearing it, I just wasn`t sure about it, and mostly if I`m not sure about something on a dress it makes me feel uncomfortable. So I just cut it off. I like it more this way!
I left the hem unfinished, my old problem of running short of fabric. I had to save those precious cm, to prevent me from wearing a skirt that would make me a little self-conscious.
That`s my contribution. What do you think? Is it a plain jane or would you sew or wear a grey dress yourself? Let me know.
13 thoughts on “Plain Jane?”
Fabulous dress, definately not plain! The sewing book looks very interesting, you gave me a lot of new inspiration!
thank you sylvia, it really is one of my favorite books. even if you just look at the designs you can learn a lot about draping fabric.
Not plain, looks so elegant. I want the book now!
nice that my dress inspires you to maybe try out one of the drape drape designs!
I love grey too! And this dress is great, so unique. The unfinished hem leaves the skirt more drapey, I would leave it as it is anyway!
hi jo, thank you. i’ll probably leave the hem as it is… otherwise the skirt is going to be embrassing short 😉
Not plain at all!.I think you did an amazing job. I’m not a big fan of draping, but this dress look really great on you. Your photos are beautiful!
thank you! draping fabric has something very interessting to me. i allways learn a lot about patterndrafting
Oh how I love those drapes! You did a great job, your dress is beautiful. The back view stunning. I think I would have liked the train. I could also see this dress in a very long length. For special occasions.
thank you so much olu, it was such a pleasure to sew with you. the idea with the long skirt is great that could look really elegante!
Might have to track a copy of that book down. The drape on that skirt is beautiful!
hi nikki, thank you. i can recommend this book. i love it!
TFS and I love this dress and the book too (which I have BTW!) Annette