I Made A Gorgeous Dress
I love making myself new clothes and with my recent new found time I've been making quite a bit. I enjoy the 'Sew magazine' and its usually the pattern giveaway that draws me in to purchase on a particular month. This pattern had already caught my eye as advertised in the previous edition, so I was already keeping an eye out for it. Its Newlook pattern K6447.
Its by no means a beginner pattern I would suggest trying a few simpler things before embarking on this, but its a brilliant opportunity to have a go at a concealed zip and lining a bodice, and the beautiful waist panel presents a new set of challenges but fun all the same.
I chose my fabric from John Lewis, who seem to be getting an ever increasing good range of fabrics. I wanted to keep it simple and classic looking so went with a lovely silhouette navy and white floral for the main part of the dress, and a navy cross hatching type pattern for the contrast waist.
Link to Sew magazine
Cutting out the pattern is simple enough just remember to cut out two of each bodice panel and sleeves as its all lined. I didn't purchase lining I just used the floral on both sides. you will also need interfacing for neckline and waist.
The scissors in the above image are by Fiskars the black handled pair are brilliant for cutting out patterns as they raise your hand above the work making it a breeze to cut round smoothly. The little orange lock keeps them closed when not in use.
I like to overlock all the edges inside my work it just finishes it all off professionally. If you don't have an overlocker you can zig zag on your machine or make a french seam.
I was literally doing a happy dance when I finished this dress as it is so so pretty, I absolutely love it. The fit was brilliant especially with the flattering waistline.
I also really love the length of the skirt its a length that seems to work well for my height. teamed up with my Clarks sandals, my green purse and neon lime necklace from Joules last year its a perfect summer look.
Link to sandals still in stock at clarks.
As you can see the waist panel rises up at the side with a small dart at the bust line.
I also never quite realised the back shape would create this lovely V back. Not sure how I hadn't spotted this till I did my first try on and fit.
I know I will get loads of wear from this dress it looks like something I could have bought in boden clothing.
I hope this blog has inspired you to have a go at sewing a dress, the rewards of making something yourself and seeing the fantastic finished results are so encouraging. Believe me I have had many sewing fails in my time but practice does make perfect so keep going with it and you will have some great results.
If you have not seen our other inspiration, have a browse through our blog for other sewing pattern reviews and projects, be inspired and treat yourself to some fabric. Do share with us how you get on.