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Monday, October 7, 2013

Traveler


This is my second version of the Lisette Traveler dress and, I have to say, I like this one even better. I tested the pattern in a red and white striped seersucker. For this round, I used a lightweight denim from S.R. Harris (the daunting mega fabric-warehouse of Minnesota).



In the first version, I had flattened and removed the ease from the sleevecap. Here, I kept that alteration, and made those 3/4 sleeves longer and with cuffs. 3/4 sleeves are cute, but having long sleeves with cuffs makes the dress about 10 times as wearable for me. It seems that, where I live, it's either hot or cold. There's not 3/4 weather.

You can see the dress has plenty of ease. (The back doesn't normally bunch quite that much). So, I guess I could technically have gone a size smaller, but I do like extra ease with the stiffer fabric. In fact, I'm imagining a corduroy dress in this pattern....


This dress was part of the mini-wardrobe I stitched for the PR contest so, for fun, I lined the cuff placket with the fabric from the shirt I made for the wardrobe.

In another post, I'll detail how I changed the sleeves from 3/4 to cuffed and flattened the sleeve caps.






26 comments:

  1. Looks great! I've been wanting to make the full skirt version but with long sleeves. So I'm excited to read about your sleeve/cuff alteration.

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    1. Thanks! And, oh, I think I should try the fuller skirt sometime, now that you mention it!

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  2. This looks really good! It looks like it could be worn like a coat too :)

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    1. Thanks! It's certainly roomy enough in this case for some layering.

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  3. Joy. I love this classic style on you. The detailing works well.
    I look forward to your next post too.

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    1. Thanks! I hope to get some photos of the sleeve alterations soon.....

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  4. This does look really good and so different from the seersucker one (which I also like). I think we are very much hot or cold here (a few days of in-between but really just a 2 season town).

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    1. I guess that's the nice thing about classic styles - you can keep remaking them in different fabrics.

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  5. I love this dress. The blue is so pretty on you. I agree that full length sleeves are so much more wearable than 3/4.

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    1. Thanks! I've already worn this full-length sleeve version more than the previous one.

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  6. I like this a lot. It's chic and looks especially good with boots. I have never owned a shirt-dress but this version does tempt me...I will look forward to your next post on the sleeve caps as this is a problem I have found with lots of patterns. (Although I think the sleeve caps might look quite nice gathered on version 3.)

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    1. Thanks! I hadn't worn any shirtdresses before either, but am happy I've made these, as they've gotten a lot of wear.

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  7. My new Patrones is full of shirt dresses and theirs all bunch at the back as well...must be the look. I've got shirt dresses on the brain at the moment as I am planning one to start shortly...love your version!

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    1. Now that's interesting about the fabric bunching at the back. Hmmm... I suppose it's the combination of loose fit, no darts, and a belt?

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  8. This one is lovely-so well sewn, and the contrast buttons really pop. :)

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    1. Thanks! Red buttons seemed so much more interesting than, uh, denim-colored ones!

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  9. So cute! You wear this style so well.

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  10. Wow, I love this! I have seen the pattern, but it didn't inspire me until seeing yours!! If yours was on the pattern cover, I would have already bought it. It's going in my wish list! It's beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! Seeing others' makes is always more inspiring to me than pattern photos, for some reason.

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  11. I really like this - it is a good look on you.

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  12. Really like the color and your adding red buttons and cuffs. You could add back darts for a more fitted look (I add back darts all the time ;)

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    1. Adding back darts is a really good idea. That'd be simple to test without risk of ruining the "pretty good" fit I already have.

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  13. This is super cute, and I just love the little touches of the contrast fabric and red buttons!

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    1. Thanks! It's the little things....

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