Hello there, friends!
I’m so happy to finally share this dress with you!
This is the Odette dress from BlueGingerDoll patterns. I tested this pattern back in July and it’s been hanging in my closet ever since!As I was testing this pattern and it was in it’s beginning stages, this was not the final pattern, so I can’t review that. This dress came together nicely for me and is a flattering and relatively quick dress to sew. I love the bodice insert and the buttons and it seems like you could do so many pattern and fabric variations with this pattern. I’m already loving what I see in the sewing blogosphere.
My Odette is made with a black cotton eyelet (broderie anglaise) with a fuschia cotton broadcloth lining. I purchased my eyelet a few months back from Fabric.com and picked up the broadcloth at Joann’s. (And of course it looks better on the dressform! ha!) 🙂
This skirt has a circular pattern and yet I wanted to keep the scalloped edge on my eyelet fabric, which was a bit difficult. Unfortunately, I was not fully paying attention whilst cutting the bottom edge, so my skirt got a bit shorter than I had planned. The next time I make this I’m definitely going to make it longer. The broadcloth lining is still cut in a circular pattern, as I wanted it show a bit under my eyelet fabric.
I am about an inch bigger in the bust than last I measured and I didn’t really notice it until I made this dress and saw how tight the bodice was. BlueGingerDoll patterns generally have a closer fit with not much ease, so that didn’t give me much leeway with sizing, so this dress is a bit tighter than my preference. The next time I make it I’m planning on going up a size.
My zipper was a perfect match for the fuschia broadcloth, so I opted to expose it a bit and give a shot of pink on the back.
I also should have interfaced the bodice insert as my fabric was a bit too light for the buttons. I originally had planned to sew the buttons on through the dress and insert, but decided to put in buttonholes like the pattern instructs. The insert tends to be a bit wrinkly without the interfacing. And how do you like my new Daenerys Targaryen charm bracelet. 🙂
I actually haven’t worn this dress since I made it as it’s a bit tight-fitting and short and feels kind of hot in our summer heat (it’s still in the lower 90’s here in CA). I’ll probably get more use out of it when it turns colder and pair it with a cardi and tights. I’m very much looking forward to making another Odette and I already have the fabric for it! I just need more hours in the day and less “to-do’s” on my list!
- Dress: BlueGingerDoll Odette in black cotton eyelet and fuschia cotton broadcloth, made by me
- Shoes: N by Nicole Miller
- Bracelet: Sun and Stars for You on Etsy
- Sunglasses: Birch