Monday, 11 July 2011

Oolong unveiled



My brother got married at the weekend and I finally got to wear my long awaited Oolong dress (my previous posts documenting the making of this dress can be found here and here).  I LOVED wearing this dress and am so pleased with how it turned out.  It's probably one of the most flattering dresses I own - I think because it skims your curves instead of clinging to them!  I took quite a lot off the length as I wanted it to be properly knee length (and I'm short) and this seemed to add to the overall 1940's look.  



I don't usually plaster my blog posts with so many pictures but I make no apologies for doing so today because I love this dress so much!  Here one from the actual wedding:


... and here's a peek inside my clutch bag, yes, I couldn't resist making a matching purse! 


It was well worth the teeth gnashing of my earlier posts to have a finished dress I was so delighted with.  Thanks everybody for all your valuable advice and encouragement.  I'll just say it one more time, I love this dress..... x

43 comments:

  1. FOXY LADY!!

    Jane, it looks amazing! Well done you. Oh, you temptress, I might have to buy myself this pattern now...

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  2. This is beautiful and by far the nicest Oolong I've seen - you should make one for every day of the week - LOL! Great fabric and you've got the fit and length spot on - how happy you look at the wedding.

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  3. You look great and seeing the dress made up and looking so pretty has changed my mind about making one!!

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  4. Jane - your oolong is OOO-LOVELY! the fit and fabric are perfect. this is one fabulous frock! x

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  5. Oh Jane this is a wonderful dress, no wonder you are posting so many photos, you should be so proud of it! A great fabric choice too

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  6. I think this is the best-looking Oolong I've seen! You look so fabulously 40s with the cut of the dress, the print, and the flower in your hair. Well done!

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  7. Jane, I am a long-time lurker and fan of your blog, but the wonderousness of this dress means I can lurk no longer and just have to comment! (First time on any sewing blog, ever!) It's stunning and suits you so well. I reckon I am probably around the same height (5ft 2"?) as you and a similar build so am now thinking I may have to have a go at making my own Oolong. Thank you so much for posting these lovely pictures :-)

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  8. That really is great, Jane. Hurrah for you powering through previous challenges. What type of fabric is it? The drape of it looks perfect for the dress, and I suspect the right fabric choice is crucial for this make. I can just see it in a heavy crepe de chine. As ever, your taste in prints is faultless. Hurrah, hurrah!

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  9. What a gorgeous dress, and it looks so great on you! Well done! I had never really considered this pattern, but now I might have to have a look at making one for myself!

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  10. Jane, it's BEAUTIFUL! I love the print and the shortened length. I may have to try that on my next version of this dress! I really should get around to it, you've convinced me. And the matching clutch is perfect. I've been meaning to make one myself. Enjoy!

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  11. It looks great! The print of the fabric goes so very, very well with the style. One of these days I will pluck up my courage and attempt a bias-cut dress....

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  12. You look fabulous in this!! What a brilliant job!! Lovely!

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  13. Utterly, utterly stunning! You clever bean - it's wonderful, the fit is pefect and you look adorable.

    Florence x

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  14. Oooo!! It's fabulous, and looks gorgeous on you! Definately worth all the bother you had with it. :)

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  15. I love it! I had never really considered Oolong until now. The fabric is amazing and really pairs nicely with it. You look fabulous!

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  16. WOW! So flattering on you! And I love the matching purse as well!! Great job Jane.

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  17. WOW! it looks absolutely STUNNING on you!! love love love the fabric you chose - this is definitely my favorite oolong i've seen yet!

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  18. It's darling and so flattering! Just gorgeous! I do so love the fabric you picked for it too. Totally a 40s vibe. I adore it and I'm so glad you persevered and worked through the bias! Lovely! xoxo, Sunni

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  19. What a pretty dress you look lovely :-)

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  20. AMAZING! <3 I love everything about it.

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  21. I can only join the chorus in saying how amazing your Oolong has turned out! It looks absolutely fabulous on you - perfect fabric and perfect fit. Now that you have it down to a T, you should make half a dozen of them!

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  22. It looks amazing and I love the matching bag. Gorgeous!

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  23. Wow, you look amazing! The dress is beautiful, what a wonderful job you did. And i love the matching clutch.

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  24. Oo-la-la . Jane, that really is something, I do hope you didn't upstage the bride. Congratulations, the dress looks gorgeous and so do you.

    Kate x

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  25. Beauuuuuutiful! Wow! So lovely. It turned out really well. Those gathers are lovely. Amazing fabric too. Wow!

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  26. ooooohhhhh! I loooooooovvveeee it!!! So beautiful! And I love the matching purse! I must try the Oolong pattern now!

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  27. Oh wow Jane you look stunning in this. I love this dress!!!!!!

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  28. That dress is beautiful and it perfect for you.

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  29. Let me say it with you Jane - I LOVE this dress too! I've really been looking forward to seeing this dress finished and it's truly delightful to see you in it. Kudos to you for persevering too!

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  30. It looks great! I love it accessorised with the red flower hairclip and pashmina (?scarf?cardi?) - really brings out the red in the gorgeous print. The matching purse is too cute! :)

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  31. I've always liked that pattern and this is the best version ever! You look lovely.

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  32. Now that is really really lovely! Definitely perfect for a wedding :)

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  33. Jane it is totally perfect- I also think it is the most beautiful Oolong I've seen, ever. I love the fabric & how it fits you. Too dreamy! Super well done as I know it was a tricky number!

    By the way,my blog should be working now, would be lovely if you could pop by - I've made you some cake!
    http://scruffybadgertime.co.uk

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  34. Absolutely love it - it fits so well and the fabric is beautiful, well done! x

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  35. Such a cute dress! Very flattering, perfect fabric choice. Nicely done, Jane!

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  36. Oh thank you so much everybody for your comments, I've never read so many "Wow's", reading your comments made me SSSOOOO happy!
    Kathy, I'm extremely flattered that you came out of lurking status and left your very first comment, that means an awful lot to me! (And yes, I am indeed 5'2"!) x

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  37. What a stunning dress!! It looks fantastic!

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  38. Ooh this is lovely, great print! :)

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  39. Oh you are tempting me to get my purse out! It looks great, as do you wearing it. Hope you had a lovely day. Bethx

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  40. Just rec'd a gift certificate for Colettr Patterns and now I know exactly what I want. Fabulous!

    Just one question: how tall are you? You often mention having to lop off inches from a pattern to accommodate your height, and being shorter than average myself (5'3"), I'm always encouraged by seeing how great the finished product looks on you.

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    1. Thank you! I'm 5'2", which is why I'm always lopping inches off all my hems! The oolong pattern is supposed to be longer than knee length, so if you prefer your hems knee length or shorter you'd have to shorten it anyway, regardless of height. Good luck! x

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