5 July 2011

Jasmine Green Tea Dress


Hurray! Finished just in time for Martha's wedding. Thanks to Sarah for coming up with the perfect name for this dress - it's green, it's a tea dress, the print looks a bit like jasmine flowers, and it chimes with Colette Patterns' project names, this one being Ceylon.

This isn't the simplest pattern in the world to fit - it has multiple parts with gathers, so if you don't get it right first time it takes a while to unpick stitches and readjust. I've made it up once before in red gabardine, for which I made a muslin and then adjusted the pattern pieces for next time - I'm so glad I did that! The rest of the fitting was easy to do, although the notches on the bodice back and midriff back didn't match up. Has anyone else found this problem with this pattern? It was no big deal though, everything came together relatively easily.


For my first attempt at piping (one thing to tick off my contentious sewing techniques list!), I chose what must be the most difficult place to put it. The yoke involves multiple layers that don't come together particularly intuitively. I messed it up about three times, but it was worth the bother in the end to add some definition and show off the shaping.


Apart from the piping, sewing this dress was stress free. I followed Laura's productivity tip of breaking down the mammoth project of making a dress into small, manageable chunks, then writing these tasks down in a list (eg. "make gathers", "serge seams"...). It makes the project seem less daunting, and it's easy to pick up where you left off when you find yourself with some free sewing time. Oh and I just love ticking things off a list!

   

I have to say, I'm really pleased with how this dress turned out. The fabric is lovely and drapey, the fitting is perfect, and it's the kind of thing you could dress up or down depending on the occasion. As this outfit demonstrates, I think - flower and lipstick for a wedding, sensible shoes for camping!

[Soundtrack: 'Nobody Does It Better' by Carly Simon - the first dance at the wedding... aww...!]

63 comments:

  1. Very cute dress Tilly, I think the piping was well worth it. If finished the dress off nicely.

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  2. Lovely. I think the piping really adds something to this. And I totally second the 'making a list' tip.

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  3. what a little lady! you look great in the dress, the fit is perfect. I love the way the neckline sits, particularly with the piping, great job!

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  4. Well done, it looks fantastic! The piping is a great addition too. It's a very flattering pattern and the fit is perfect on you.

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  5. Cute dress. I really like the piping in the top and the pattern on the fabric. I really like Colettes.

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  6. Such a pretty dress and the piping gives a nice definition to the dress! So pretty! The wedding looks like it was fun!!

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  7. Wow wee Tilly, you look stunning in your new dress! I absolutely love it, great fabric choice, great style of dress and great name ;o)

    I often wanted to try this pattern, but I've heard some real fitting horror stories so I'm reluctant...but yours looks soooo good!

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  8. Love your new Ceylon dress Tilly. The piping works perfectly and the fabric is SSOOO pretty, as are you in it, you look amazing. x

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  9. Yay!! Love it! Piping is the perfect touch as is the flower hairclip.
    Beautiful job. Hmmmm, the piping looks tricky. Did you take step by step photos of this project at all?
    Px

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  10. Phabulous. You look aMAZing!! Love the shape, and great piping too. :)

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  11. Wow, Tilly, this is lovely - as ever!

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  12. Utterly gorgeous. I find it SO interesting to see other people's fabric choices and what it inspires. I don't really use green much and I don't think I would ever have picked that fabric out, but it looks amazing. You're right, that wasn't easy piping for the first time ever - well done! The fit does look perfect.

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  13. Fab dress Tilly - the piping really shows of the yoke beautifully, great work! :)

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  14. It's gorgeous, Tilly! Ceylon just becomes more and more beautiful in my eyes, with your two creations supporting that! I loved the red Ceylon you made, and I love this although it gives a totally different appearance! I'm extremely impressed by your progress. Keep up the good work!

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  15. Oooh i love it! The fabric is gorgeous and your piping is just so neat. Fabulous!

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  16. Wow - this looks fantastic! and it suits you so well. great job!

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  17. Lovely! The colour is so pretty on you.

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  18. That's one lovely dress! You look wonderful!

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  19. I LOVE the dress Tilly! Everything about it is perfect- the colour, the cut....just gorgeous.
    You look amazing :)

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  20. Impeccable fit, great details, perfect color and totally cute. It's just beautiful all the way around. You absolutely adorable.

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  21. ooh Tilly this is pretty. I love the piping. I think once I've learnt how to do it I'd put piping on everything!!!

    Glad my productivity tip has been useful. Lists rule.

    xx

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  22. Love the piping detail, nicely finished!

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  23. It looks awesome. That print on the fabric is really gorgeous! The piping looks very good, piping is always hard no matter how many times you've done it.

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  24. Absolutely lovely dress and it looks fantastic on you – great job!

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  25. Gorgeous dress, so pretty! I love the fabric and the piping is a perfect touch - well worth all that effort.

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  26. What a gorgeous dress - I love this pattern and it looks great on you! The piping was inspired!

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  27. The piping detail looks fabulous! I love retro-stlye dresses and this one looks wonderful. Great job in fitting and finishing. The detail photo shows such a professional touch.

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the piping at the yoke and have been wanting to do that when I make my own Ceylon. Thanks for the heads up about it being a particularly tricky part to add piping, will keep that in mind! The fit is perfect, I love this pattern :)

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  29. Oh, Tilly, this is fantastic! This is so beautiful, perfect for springtime. The piping is amazing, I'm so afraid of piping and buttonholes and you've combined both. Sewing rockstar.

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  30. Love! I've been wanting to make this pattern but I'm putting it off until I'm in the mood to handle a muslin intensive project. Just thinking about doing an FBA with all of those bodice pieces gives me a headache.

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  31. what a lovely dress! the color is great & the fit is perfect!

    i love love loveeee the ceylon and i enjoy seeing everyone's versions of it... i feel that, up until recently, it was the overlooked colette pattern. so glad people are making it up, bc each one i see is prettier than the last!

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  32. I love it! I love it!!! It suits you so well and, my goodness, all the little details are stunning.

    So happy to have helped come up with a name for this beauty! :)

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  33. Its lovely, great style and pretty fabric :)

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  34. The piping looks fab, well done you! I agree with lladybird, I think Ceylon is a bit neglected and she's just so lovely!

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  35. It's beautiful, and I love how you styled it with the flower in your hair! :)

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  36. That looks adorable on you, love the piping!

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  37. Gah! It's positively darling Tilly! And I do believe its the best fitting version I've seen to date. It's perfect for your shape and I love the fabric you picked. I have this pattern, snatched it right up when it first came out and have wanted to try my hand at it and just haven't yet. Your version has completely reinspired me! Love! xoxo, Sunni

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  38. The piping adds so much. And the fit looks perfect! Lovely job.

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  39. Oh my! This is quite possibly the prettiest version of the Ceylon pattern I've seen yet. :) Love the piping detail--it really is sharp. You look so pretty, Tilly! :)

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  40. I see you create nice clothes, good to you

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  41. beautiful dress!
    Print is lovely and the piping was worth the extra effort :-)

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  42. Hi Tilly. I agree with most of your commenters - the piping was worth the effort. I love how it gives off a subtle effect of a cute little matching bolero. A fabulous dress for what looks like a gorgeous wedding. Congrats!

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  43. Wow! So pretty--you & the dress!

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  44. Wow! So pretty--you & the dress!

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  45. This is sooo pretty! I'm in awe of your tenancity for having another crack at the Ceylon after already making one (plus muslim?! Tang!). The piping looks fantastic. i put piping on mine in this position, and I completely concur it was TRICKY! It looks really forties in this print. Awesome work lady xxx

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  46. That is such a cute dress! I can't believe you made that!

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  47. I've been a deadbeat in the comment department as of late, but I just had to tell you how stunning this looks. Great fabric, great job. Definitely a winner!

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  48. So charming! Great choice on the piping, it really makes the dress more special!!

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  49. Such an amazing fit. You look stunning, Tilly. I love everything about it... the cute neckline, the flattering shape, the piping. I have not entered the world of Collette patterns, a little bit nervous about the make-up of some but this dress has me more interested than ever! x

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  50. This is absolutely beautiful! I'm the green tea and jasmine enthusiast at my place of work, so it's no surprise I'm a fan of the dress version :)

    I adore the piping - piping is something I've been wanting to master for some time now, especially when seeing it used to such great effect like on this dress.

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  51. This dress is amazing... perfect fit, adorable fabric... I don't know what else to say, besides rock on, girl! Can't wait to see what you make next!

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  52. The dress turned out beautifully! Love the color and the style is very flattering. The piping looks great! Well done!

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  53. Hi Tilly, I am new to your blog and just wanted to say 1) that is a FABULOUS dress, love the colour and cut 2) your blog looks like it could be a great inspiration to me as I have just bought my first sewing machine and I am yet to actually get it out the box - a bit scared of it to be honest, but will definitely try following your learn to sew advice and 3) you are ridiculously pretty! I'm sure if I have any sewing successes to show that i wouldn't look one ounce as pretty and cool as you in all your photos (I generally seem to be sporting the windswept and intersting look)! Great blog!

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  54. Aww... thanks for your lovely comments, y'all. I'm blushing!

    M-J - get that machine out of its box! Sewing isn't that scary. Do you have someone who can give you a quick lesson in how to use it?

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  55. Congratulation! I turned out great. The white piping really brings out the neckline.

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  56. so cute! where have you had your labels made?

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  57. I love the name of your dress - perfect. It looks so lovely on you too. I also really want your shoes. Where did you get them?

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  58. I got the labels from an online store - google 'school name labels' and you'll find one!

    My shoes are from Clarks. Rubber soles! Like walking on air... or marshmallows...

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  59. what a sweet dress! love the design and it looks fabulous on.

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  60. This is a very cute dress. Absolutely lovely.
    Paul

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  61. I just found you through Colette Patterns. The dress looks beautiful - I love the print and the piping.!

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  62. Just saw you featured on Colette's blog! Love the dress!

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  63. Ok thats it, i have been convinced to try my first Ceylon! Your garments are absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

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