7 February 2010

It's been a long, a long time coming

[Or, dress no.2]

It seems like many moons ago that I started working on this little blighter, the second attempt at pattern no.1, which I started out believing was going to be a breeze to work on. (I don't know how Mena at The Sew Weekly does it.)

Admittedly I have been away so haven't spent that many physical hours on it - maybe just emotional hours - but I did encounter a number of hiccups:

1) a failed attempt to make the skirt more fitted
2) puckering seam finishes
3) lack of machine speed control (I've heard it's like driving a car, but I never got my licence)
4) lots of alterations needed at back and sides
5) ripped fabric.

Things I have learnt:

1) I love my stitch ripper
2) beginners shouldn't buy thin cotton
3) always sew in slippers
4) I should start saving for a dress form
5) no one need see the inside!

The dress does lack a certain je ne sais quoi. I can't decide what to add to the front to make it more snazzy. A bow? Pleating? Peter pan collar? Fabric-covered buttons? Ruffle? Key hole cut out? Or a recycled lacy panel inspired by Whipstitch

What do you think I should do? Thoughts, please!

[This post was written to a soundtrack of A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke and a smelltrack of sweet chilli sauce]


  1. I love it! And particularly love the thought of the smell of sweet chilli sauce!

    To snazz it, I can totally see a little ruffle on the front. It would look so cute.

    I think you've done an amazing job - set in sleeves are not particularly easy, and your's look great.

  2. Jabot!


    Here is some vintage sewing wisdom on ruffles:


    It's a beautiful little dress, and very well fitted! Believe me, if it doesn't show from the outside... no one needs to know about it.

  3. I think I vote for the peter pan collar and the fabric covered buttons. It's to cute.

  4. I like the ruffle or the bow, but I do really like it plain so maybe you could make detachable embellishments!! It looks great on you and is a fab fit and I love the yellow belt and shoes with it. love Janey x

  5. I think it looks great! But if you want to add something else, I like the bow idea best.

  6. Ruffles all the way! You've done a fabulous job with the dress and I love it paired with yellow. :)

  7. I vote ruffles. Or maybe a bow--in a contrasting color with a matching fabric covered belt. Lovely job!

  8. I think ruffles or a bow would look darling... It's a cute dress so far! :)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

  9. Ruffles! They are so in right now and it would look great.

  10. I think a peter pan collar and fabric covered buttons would look great (but then I think anything with a peter pan collar looks great).

  11. I'm with the peter pan collar and covered button team. And yea! second dress!

  12. I don't think it's missing anything! Your outfit is so cute.

  13. I kind of like it the way it is! I think a nice printed chartreuse silk scarf with a big pussy bow would tart it up nicely, however!

  14. Oh, thank you for liking my lacey panel! (haha that sounds almost rude!). For this dress I like the ruffles; the thin fabric would make them drape really nicely. Or a peter pan collar in a different fabric, one that matches the print. Good luck!

  15. Tilly, love your blog but can't find where to follow :( I like either the bow or the ruffle idea. Cheers Monique

  16. Thanks y'all for your lovely comments! It's between a ruffle (or do I mean jabot?) or a bow at the moment.

    Original Mischief, there's a 'follow' option on the navigation bar at the top but as that's quite small I've now added a 'followers' gadget on the right hand side. I hope to have more followers soon!


  17. It's a cute dress! But if you wanna change something, I think I'd go with the keyhole and bow option.

  18. You may have altered it already but my vote is the Peter Pan Collar and various ribbons or varying colour underneath. Or Brooches.

    Yay! I actually think it looks really sweet as is, I'd totally wear it. I do have very bright hair, so would suit that blue stuff.

  19. I vote for a ruffle around the collar (not one of your options, I know...) Since the simplicity of the dress is so cute and you accessorized it so well, I think it would add just enough without making it seem overloaded.

  20. It's adorable! =) I vote for a pleated panel. I guess it'd look cute...

  21. I can't believe that you think it's lacking something - it's gorgeous....as are the shoes! Florence x

  22. The dress is beautiful ! I vote for peter pan collar but without buttons.


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