10 April 2012

The Greensleeves Dress



Simplicity asked me to participate in the 'Get a Vintage Look' blog hop, making a dress from one of three vintage-inspired patterns they'd sent me. I chose 1913, a princess seamed dress with multiple options for creating squillions of looks depending on which skirt, sleeve, collar and belt you choose. The pattern includes a croquis kit which you can play around with to decide what style to go for - nice idea.

 

I made a couple of alterations of my own to the pattern. Firstly, I adapted the sleeve length to one I thought would be more practical for British weather. Secondly, I changed the gathers in the skirt to pleats in order to get a cleaner look, extending and accentuating the style lines of the bodice princess seams. Turns out Sunni had the same idea - great minds! Having redrawn the pattern lines to my measurements before cutting, my toile fit perfectly - hurrah! I did find a potential issue with the pattern though, which was that the back bodice pieces didn't match up, but I managed to fix this easily without distorting the dress.


This is definitely one of my cheaper makes. The linen-look cotton was £2/m from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, "You can't argue with that," I commented to the shop owner. "Oh but they do!" she sighed. The gorgeous Deco-style buttons were 20p each from Kleins trimmings shop in Soho. The lining was the most expensive part, a candy cane green silk blend from a shop in San Francisco.


Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this pattern is that it's part of the Pattern Runway line. Now, I've only ever seen about five minutes of Pattern Runway and it's not easily available in the UK. Would I like it? Do you think it's worth me seeking it out?

The other stitchers participating in the Get a Vintage Look blog hop have made some lovely things - do take a peek at these gorgeous makes by Suzannah, Sunni, Lavender and Zoe. Also, Simplicity are giving away the three patterns on their website so hop on over if you fancy getting your mitts on your own copies...

[Soundtrack: 'Baltimore' by Nina Simone]

38 comments:

  1. That is GORGEOUS! Aren't you unbelievably proud, Tilly? I love, love, love it. Those pleats work so well as do the buttons and the lining and everything. Good work on a perfect fit! I love that colour on you, too. Such a good idea with the sleeves. No, no, no - I must not buy another pattern!

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  2. Oh the violence of my affection for this dress is so severe I think I might DIE! I love it!

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  3. I'm dying here across the pond. Seriously, I love everything about this dress. That particular shade of green happens to be my favorite, and extremely hard to source (at least in the States) in any quality.
    And that lining, the buttons! Beautifully done!!

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  4. I have this pattern on my woshlist, lovely to see it made up and it looks so fabulous and expensive on you.

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  5. The shape and colour was made for you xx

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  6. Tilly that's a beautiful dress, I love the clean lines, the sleeves and the buttons. I also really like the fact that you've exchanged gathers for pleats - I was thinking of doing this on my next make and you've just convinced me it's the right move. It's just gorgeous and that shade of green really suits you. x

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  7. Gorgeous dress Tilly! The colour and fit are perfect and I love the sleeve length alteration you have done. Regarding Project Runway, I like it and am sad that it is not more readily available here in the UK - however I do think that, like a lot of these 'reality' shows, it is more about the people than the clothes at times....depends what you're looking for really, but it is definitely good entertainment!

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  8. Tilly, did you know there's a UK version called Project Catwalk? It's on (or used to be on) one of the Freeview channels. It was hosted by Kelly Osborne, I seem to remember. It's well worth checking out, especially because the UK version doesn't focus so much on the insecurities and neuroses of the participants, but their creations instead.

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  9. I love it too! The colour is stunning on you - wait, the whole dress is stunning on you!

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  10. Really lovely dress Tilly - I particularly love the deep green colour on you and the art deco buttons - perfectly judged :) Now I've just bought my first project runway pattern - simplicity 2444. I just loved Dapper Duds version of it and I think you might like it too :) http://dapperduds.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/my-sweet-bow-dress-simplicity-2444/

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  11. Oh lovely, the colour and style is just perfect on you! What a great challenge!

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  12. What a lovely, lovely dress!

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  13. I am obsessed with project runway and absolutely recommend it!!
    It's the reason I bought a sewing machine! Tim Gunn is an amazing mentor to the designers and Heidi is a great no nonsense judge.

    You get to see people drafting pattern blocks, draping from scratch and coming up with wild varied results. Some of the things you're horrified by but sometimes you get super inspiration to make a similar item yourself!

    Don't use the patterns to judge the quality of the clothes on the show. Only a small handful of the garments from the show are turned into the patterns, others are created after the show by contestants. Others are too complicated and unique to recreate in a pattern!

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  14. I love the greeen!!!!! I am green with envy ;)

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  15. Gorgeous dress - that colour is fabulous on you!

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  16. Project Runway is fantastic, but do start with watching the earlier seasons if you can. In the last couple of seasons it's gone downhill a bit (in my opinion).

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  17. I love the color of this - such a perfect choice for you! And it's so uncanny that you pleated the skirt, too. I'm def going to try that modification next time. I watched Project Runway back in the day, but haven't been a steady viewer for years. It's fun, but like anything, gets old :)

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  18. Project Runway is beyond addictive! Just get the earlier seasons, as the newest ones aren't as good.

    Beautiful dress.

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  19. You look so lovely in this color! And this shape is excellent as well, what an awesome lining! I have never actually seen project runway and it wouldn't be a hard thing for me to do, I live in the States. Sigh. Whatever. I watch too many other things....

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  20. Project runway was on here in the uk a couple of years ago on sky 1 I think. There was also a British version called Project Catwalk but there were only about 3 series of that before they scrapped it. And now they don't show the American one anymore, and I loved it. However BBC2 are looking for contestants for a new show called the great british sewing bee, you should apply! I'm really excited about it because it will bring sewing to our screens again, can't wait!

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  21. The color is stunning on you! I like your sleeve and pleat adaptations - I think if I were to buy this pattern, I would make the same adjustments. Lovely work!

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  22. Great colour and finish. The pleats definitely give the skirt part a cleaner line.

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  23. wonderfully wonderfully done! The green is amazing an the green lining is even more amazing. All the alterations you made give it such a clean and chic look. Bravo times a thousand!

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  24. Oh. My. Gosh. Everyone else said everything I was thinking...it's gorgeous in color, craftsmanship, style...I believe that pattern is a must have for me, too! Standing Os for you!

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  25. i love that 1913 was the favorite of this blog hop...

    your minty fresh version turned out beautifully, love the buttons down the front & sleeves!

    as for project runway, i think it's worth finding the series when it ran on bravo. the lifetime version is 30 minutes longer per episode, but that's so they can get more "how do you feel about that" in and less sewing.

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  26. Cette robe est une belle réussite! J'adore la doublure rayée!
    Géniale!
    Bravo Tilly!
    Have a good evening!

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  27. Such a stunning dress! You did an amazing version, the colour is incredible and the contrast lining makes it even more special. I hope you get heaps of wear from it xxx

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  28. Love the dress Tilly - the colour is amazing on you too!

    Looks like the perfect dress for the office I think. I may have to add this pattern to the make list!

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  29. What a great classic dress! I think the lining is my favorite part, so fun and happy. :) I like your modification of the pleats instead of the gathers. I find that gathers on slim skirts make my middle look bloated and puffy. heh I would soo do pleats also.

    I actually have the vintage pattern on the right (5799 or 6799...) but I have yet to make it.

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  30. Fantastic make Tilly, I absolutely adore this dress! :)

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  31. Pati from London14 April 2012 at 13:24

    I think this is a lovely dress, its colour and shape look great on you!! x Pati from London

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  32. I enjoy Project Runway, but in my opinion they spend not nearly enough time on the actual garments produced or the process that produces the clothes. Like most reality shows on this side of the pond, there is a lot of manufactured drama. They give each show a theme and the "designers" have to come up with a garment in a specified amount of time.

    I don't think the patterns have anything to do with the show, other than the name. For instance pattern line has children's patterns and I don't believe they have ever designed for children. Anyway, this a long post to your question, should I seek it out. In my opinion, not really. Unless you can get it on You Tube in England.

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  33. This is so lovely. I also like the alterations you added and the buttons you chose! I have something for green, too, and think it looks wonderful on you!

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