Hi there, friends!
I guess I’m officially back on the sewing blogger wagon sharing my makes again. I have a back-up of them, so I guess I should get a move on! I also have a lot of things I want to sew, so there’s that as well which can be a bit conflicting.
As soon as I saw this pattern, I had to have it. And as such things go, I didn’t get around to actually sewing it for a while. I knew I wanted to make it in rayon and when I first saw the Cotton+Steel Rifle Paper Co rayon in Les Fleurs, I knew I wanted to pair the two. The print has a bit of 40’s inspiration, along with a 60’s vibe. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s historically accurate or not, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t snap up this fabric when it came out and then of course it was sold out at all of the stores that I usually by fabric from as well as other sites that also carried it. After some googling, I found it at a new-to-me site, Missouri Star Quilt Co, where it was actually cheaper than other sites, plus I got some cool freebies in my package with it.
This dress would have been a pretty quick make, but I spent a lot of extra time with hand sewing and finishing the seams with rayon seam binding. Yeah, that probably made this project about twice as long to complete, but it’s worth it.
Yeah, see? That looks nice inside and out!
This pattern has options for a contrasting fabric on the neckline and at the cuffs. I actually bought fabric for the contrast, but I just love this Les Fleurs fabric SO MUCH that I just went crazy and used it for all of the pieces. Yeah, I know the design details get lost in this busy fabric, but I don’t care. I can see them. Next time I will let them be noticeable, but for this dress, they’re letting the floral design take center stage.
I had a difficult time deciding what color buckle and buttons to use in this dress. I had a few options and shared them on my IG and I opted to go with black. Both the slide buckle and buttons are vintage. The buckle I found at an antique store and the buttons were from my grandma’s button stash. I used Loran’s little trick of securing the end of the belt with velcro. I gotta tell ya, friends, that this easily makes me a slide buckle convert. I usually prefer pronged buckles as they stay in place, but this is a great fix.
Honestly, I don’t recall if I did a swayback adjustment to the back bodice or not. I usually do, but as this dress has a blouson feel to the back, I’d say that I didn’t. I did do a full bicep adjustment to those sleeves and graded the pattern up, but I don’t believe that I did any other alterations.
This pattern has bound buttonholes. I hadn’t made any bound buttonholes for a while prior to this dress. It was a good reminder making these and I added them to the wool coat that I’ll share next. Do you really need to add bound buttonholes to this pattern? No. But if you spent the time to make this dress extra nice on the inside, they’re a great touch to showcase on the outside.
I’m also into pleats lately and I like them on this skirt. They’re partially sewn down and work so well with the drape of this fabric. I wasn’t sure whether I would iron the pleats all the way down, but I decided against it and love how the fabric falls. My Lord, this fabric is wonderful. There’s a reason why everyone in the sewing world seems to be making things with it.
I do seem to have a little bit of gape on that neckline. I’m not sure if my fabric stretched or it’s just me. I think it’s just me. I should probably take a little bit of a wedge out at the shoulders next time. I’m sure there’s a name for that adjustment, but I’m not certain what it is….. I suppose I should refer to my Fit for Real People book again. Or maybe it’s just because I don’t have shoulder pads in?
Yep, I love this dress. So much so that I took new photos for my blog sidebar and “About Me” in it. It might just look like a big florally busy red dress and it obstructs the design details, but think about it — you have to get close to see them and that just makes it more special IMO. Next time I will definitely play on the opportunity for contrasting colors/prints. I’m on the lookout for another rayon that I adore. The next version will definitely be long-sleeved. I’ve been on a mission to add more cold weather appropriate attire to my wardrobe and this pattern is definitely high on the list for that!
- Dress: McCall’s 7433 in Cotton+Steel Rifle Paper Co rayon, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
- Earrings: BaubleBar