Thursday, December 4, 2014

Colette Patterns Dahlia Dress - Version 2

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The Dahlia Sewalong is wrapping up over on Colette's Sewalong site. Here's one of the resulting dresses!

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This is Version 2. I picked a summery seersucker since it's a strappy sundress, but I think it actually works well with tights and a sweater too.

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Before starting I was way more excited about Version 1 that I made out of a wool plaid [yet unblogged], but after finishing them both I think I might like this one more.

Colette Patterns Dahlia Dress - Version 2

Fit wise, for my 33-27-38 measurements I cut 2-4-6. Most of the fit changes I did were on the front bodice - I actually trimmed quite a bit off both sides of the point where the strap is. I did it first after I made a mockup of the bodice, and then again after I tried the dress on before the straps were attached. Since it's sleeveless and the straps are just bias tape, it was a super easy alteration to do [although I did have to rip and redo a portion of the underarm bias tape, but it was worth it!].

The pattern called for 1/4" bias tape, but I made 3/8" for slightly wider straps.

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I also ended up shaping the skirt a little less - there are angled portions of each seam near the top that were sticking slightly out on me, which was probably exaggerated by the fact that I cut out to a larger size at the hip. So I just went back after the fact and took those portions of the seams in a bit, then trimmed the pattern pieces to match so they'd be ready for next time.

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My great-grandma knitted the hat I'm wearing. She seems to have threaded elastic through the edge of it to keep it from stretching out, which I think is very clever.

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I waited forever for a train to go by on the trestle and bridge above me - there are so many trains in Nashville! - but it was freezing and I finally gave up. Right as I was starting my car to leave one came barreling by, naturally.

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16 comments:

  1. Devon,
    I followed your sewalong and l liked version 1 better in the beginning. Now, that you finished them both, I think this version is more beautiful. I think I will make version 2 closer to summer in similar lightweight cotton fabric. Although, I might need to make changes to the front bodice like you did, because my measurements are similar to yours. Cute hat too!

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    1. thank you! this version is pretty easy to change because of the lack of sleeves, which is always nice!

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  2. So glad I have found your blog - love the dress and your photography is beautiful.

    Katie x
    prettycreationsbykate.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I was actually going to comment that this looks like it fits you really well, and I can see why it does now that I've read your comments about fitting. It seems to me that the version on the envelope is a bit baggy on the model, and some of the seams look like they weren't pressed or something. Your adjustments look great, and it came out beautifully!

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    1. thanks meg! i seem to always have to adjust things in the space between my shoulder, neck and chest - i must be shrunken in that area! :]

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  4. You always have the best pictures! To bad the train wasn't quite on your side that day! ;) Your dress looks great for summer... The pattern seems to have some fitting, um, quirks (?) so I'm glad you made it work for you!

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    1. i know, such a rude train! maybe next time it will be more cooperative.

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  5. I love this dress! So versatile for summer and winter. Bummer about the train! Isn't that always the way though.

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  7. Nice fabric choice, fit, styling and everything! It looks great on you. I also thought I liked version 1 better before I saw this, but am now excited to make a version 2 for Summer. Thanks again for hosting the sewalong. You are a great teacher and I learned so much!

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    1. of course, thanks for the nice words!! i'm always so happy to hear that people are learning things. :]

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  8. dude, this dress (and the cardigan and hat with it) is SO CUTE! I actually really prefer this to the wool version because it seems so much more you :) also, how much to get one of those hats for myself?!

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  9. LOVE this pattern and both of your versions look great. I finally purchased it after much internal debate (convincing myself I have a gazillion other things to make). And then I found this gorgeous, thin,dark silk. I want to make the Dahlia out of it and had planned on version 1 but debating if version 2 would be better for a lighter weight fabric... Worried about the possible stress on the fabric from the sleeves... What do you think?

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