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Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Paramecium Summer Dress

This is probably my favorite garment of everything I sewed in 2011, although my favorites do tend to be whatever I've made recently. The style wouldn't suit everyone (obviously) but I'm loving it because it's very "me". I rarely wear the handful of dresses I've made myself, and I think I've just been going down wrong track.

The pattern is one of Mrs. Stylebook's traceable patterns (as opposed to draftable, yay!) and I left off my usual shoulder alterations because of the French sleeves. The dress is shown in 3 views, differing mostly in length and I chose the shortest version.

The fabric is a lovely paisley-ish lawn. My dad calls this kind of print "paramecium", and I have to agree, it does remind me of pond life.

The diagrams are the only form of "instruction" for these patterns, and at some point I realized that there is supposed to be a belt, but it is supposed to pass through little thread loops at the sides. Yeah, right. If I had thought of it soon enough, a narrow belt would have gone in the side seams to tie at the back.

In the side view, you can see the dress might benefit from a little cinching, but it doesn't bother me too much. Next time!

The front and back each have six pleats. Here's a close-up of the paramecium print:


I interlined - after all, it's lawn - and used the combination underlining/faux Hong Kong finish I learned from Trena here. It was a little interesting to use the finish on the drop sleeves, too, but it works and was easy to do.


Verdict: I love it and am thinking about another version in a border print. How many more months until summer?

Sources:
Lawn: S.R. Harris.
White batiste: Mill End Textiles.
Pattern: Mrs. Stylebook 7-2009-9.

15 comments:

  1. You're fearless when it comes to foreign patterns! The dress looks lovely on you, it really flatters your "type". The print is too pretty for "paramecium" though, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Uta - I agree, it's too pretty. But I suppose a true naturalist would find it beautiful!

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  2. I haven't seen that book before! Love your dress, the fabric is very pretty and suits the pattern. Love the simplicity of it all and it really looks great!
    Happy New Year!
    x

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    1. Thank you! Mrs. Stylebook is a magazine. I don't know how often it's published - maybe 6 times a year?

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  3. Joy it's so pretty but also intensely summery! It begs to be worn in really hot sticky weather because it's that kind of style and fit. Really pretty fabric too and love seeing how neat that interlinked finish looks.

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  4. The faux hong kong finish is so pretty. I love that you have recognised that some previous dresses are not your style and are not worn much. Hopefully when the summer rolls around for you guys you wear this lots - it does suit you.

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  5. I love the print and I like the style too. Make another would be my vote.

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  6. Paisley has got to be one of my favorite prints. This one is really pretty and the dress looks wonderful on you. It will be so comfortable in the summer with it being made up in cotton too.

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  7. It's so simple and feminine. Very pretty. A border print would be perfect on such a simple shape.

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  8. The fabric is very pretty. I'm really impressed with your Hong Kong finish - makes for a very neat inner. It's nice that you've find a pattern that you feel it 'you'.

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  9. Joy. Your work is just great. Love the print and this style on you.

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  10. I never used to like paisley until I realized that it looked like paramecia...glad that someone else made that connection! Love this dress; the insides look beautiful!

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  11. I am a paisley fanatic, and really love your dress. The inside is as pretty as the outside-perfect!

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  12. The dress looks lovely on you! Given your slip figure you can certainly chinch it a bit; but it depends on your preference

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  13. I am coming across your dress very late, but I just wanted to say how attractive it is. My taste is a little lower neckline and a little higher above the knee, but this really is a winner. Thanks for showing it.

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