I’m back at the sewing machine and loving every minute of it! So here’s the first of my autumn makes: the Lisette Traveler Dress, view A.
I used my 1930’s-look floral charity shop fabric and was very sceptical as to how it would turn out. Having now strutted around in it for a day, I’m finally getting used to it, but more on that later….
The Lisette 2246 Traveler Dress pattern is a lovely, lovely pattern to sew. It’s brilliantly drafted and the instructions are a delight – clear, simple and workable. I can see what other bloggers are talking about when they wax lyrical about Lisette patterns - I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
Having heard that these patterns run quite large, I cut a size 12, even though my measurements actually belong in the size 14 column. I also decided to try the Miss Petite option on the pattern, which basically takes in a one inch tuck right across the pattern pieces, shortening the bodice length as well as the actual finished dress length. This was a good move as the final fit of the dress is just what I wanted – fitted but casual. I did a tissue fitting on my dummy and the only bit that slightly worried me was the bust. In the end it just about fits across the bust but it’s a close call. I could probably have done with an extra inch or two in that area but it doesn’t gape open so I can live with that. Sewing it together was a dream, there wasn’t one bit that didn’t make absolute sense and I even learnt a new skill - how to make shaped pockets.
The vintage fabric is great to sew with – it barely frayed at all. It has quite a weight to it - almost like a quilting cotton – not drapey at all, but that actually works well with the style of this dress. I finished the dress off with cream vintage buttons from my stash (the red ones I originally chose became completely lost in the busy floral of the fabric).
|It works well with a belt too|
So back to the fabric …. it’s not so much the floral overload that the jury’s out about (I love floral prints, especially 1930’s inspired ones, and have sewn a lot with them), it’s more the colours. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know I’m not exactly known for my adventurous colour selection. In fact if I was told I was only allowed to make clothes using navy, blue/green, grey and red fabric forever, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. This fabric has colours that don’t ever appear on my radar: pink, purple and, wait for it, orange. All warm hues when my personal colour palette is cold, cold, cold. Despite all this, I’m still drawn to the fabric and the style of the dress is very me, so I know I’ll wear it a lot this autumn. Now I just need to buy co-ordinating tights in every hue …. x