Sunday, July 8, 2012

Embroidered Apple Green


I purchased this embroidered cotton for this dress more than a year ago. Finally, we had a summer wedding to attend, and that pushed me into gear. You see, I wasn't the one getting married, so I could wear green instead of white.

I've been wanting to make a maxi dress for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity. Just a little skirt lengthening was in order. Let me say, maxi skirts take a lot of fabric. I used about 6 yards total for the dress - fashion fabric plus interlining.


The pale green batiste curtains that used to grace my windows 2 houses ago have a new life as an interlining.

This dress also comes in a top version, which doesn't have the shirring. I made that last year and really liked it except is was restricting in the rib cage, so I donated it. I hope someone who needs less breathing room will enjoy it.

This time I used the same size bodice, but didn't sew the back darts, and I can breathe fine now. Besides gathering the skirt, the shirring is mainly decorative since you don't need its expansion factor to get the dress on and off. I will say all that shirring at the side seam makes the invisible zipper a little trickier than normal. It's just bulky enough, my zipper isn't sliding as smoothly as I'd like.  An invisible zipper expert would probably have had better luck.

Also, note that the shirring will take more than 1 spool of elastic thread.

Verdict? I like the fit and love the length. Also, I love the fabric. I'm really happy a fabric I love and a pattern  I like happened to come together in the same garment. That doesn't always happen!

Sources:
Apple green embroidered cotton: Mill End Textiles
Summer dress: Ottobre 2-2008-7

18 comments:

  1. It is great when fabric and pattern come together. I think you'll be able to get away with wearing this dress in more casual situations too.
    Clever finding a second life for your old curtains.

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    1. I've been wearing it quite a bit now, definitely in casual situations which is, admittedly, my norm.

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  2. Beautiful dress - will be lovely for after the wedding too.

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    1. Thanks! I'm not going to too many weddings these days. Now it seems the generation after me is getting married.

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  3. That's a beautiful shade of green! The dress is pulchritudinous(I've been getting carried away at thesaurus.com).:)

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    1. Ok, so I'm not the only one who looks for comment variety help thesaurus.com! Pulchritudinous takes the cake, though! Did you know "takes the cake" originates from the cakewalk dance, which featured what evolved into ragtime music? I guess I've been learning vocabulary and music history this week!

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  4. Pretty :). I have been thinking all these maxi dresses look very comfy!

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    1. Thanks! You're right - it's very comfortable. All that fabric makes it easy to sit in.

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  5. Such a pretty colour. Perfect for a summer wedding.

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  6. That looks like the perfect summer dress for elegance.

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  7. I love the green! The shirring is a great detail--I'm sure you will be a very graceful guest at the wedding.

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  8. That's such a gorgeous green. And I agree that you can wear it in a more casual setting. I love a good maxi dress@

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  9. Very nice! You look great in this green maxi dress. I'm so short that I look like a munchkin in long dresses. :)

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  10. I love the color, and this style of dress on you is very pretty!

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  11. Very pretty! This will be a great special occasion dress.

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  12. Lovely on you and it looks so comfortable!

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  13. i agree with all the previous commenters ...it's lovely, & i bet c(unlike many makes for weddings) that you'll get plenty of wear from it. I like the shape & the shirred waist

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