This year, to celebrate the 4th of July (and the long weekend that goes along with it) I made a nautical/patriotic dress in blue, white and red, the colors of the
french american flag.
Wait, what do you mean the 4th of July was already 3 weeks ago? Well, I guess I have a lot to catching up to do here!
For this dress, I used one of my favorite patterns, the Dolce Vita dress from Burda 02/2011. I already made it twice (this one and this other one, in French sorry!), but this time I made a few modifications. First, I mixed the pattern number 101 (the Dolce Vita herself) with the 104, which has large straps instead of cap sleeves but is in “petite” sizes. I really like the previous version I made of this dress (the one in Dr Tulloch Liberty) but I am always annoyed by the neckline that is a bit too low and gapey, so I brought it up a bit: using the petite pattern, I traced size 18, with the length of size 19 and the neckline of size 21 so that it would be higher (and the whole mix roughly coresponds a size 36). It is close to perfect, but next time I will remove one or two centimeters in the center front and back because it stills gaps a bit.
To continue with the summer stashbusting, I used a printed rayon (with life preservers on it!) that I bought at Sacré Coupons in Paris just before I left. I love rayon, this is the only fabric I want to sew and wear now! It’s really more fluid and comfortable than cotton, especially when it’s hot (I mean, as long as I don’t sweat too much, because seeing how rayon becomes awfully rigid when wet I’m betting it wouldn’t be that comfortable…).
I sewed this completely last minute before I left for the weekend, in one evening and a couple of hours the next morning. So I didn’t care that much about matching the pattern at the seams, but I guess it’s okay.
I was really careful about the gathers though, I used the 3-threads techniques that gives very even results.
I’m pretty happy about my invisible zipper too, especially considering that since I switched to another machine I don’t have my invisible zipper foot anymore (and it made my life so much easier! I have to get a new one soon somehow).
It’s my favorite handmade dress so far, I’ve been wearing it non-stop for the past month! It is comfortable yet flattering, fun but still work-appropriate. I really need to make more like this!
4th of July dress
Dress 101/104 from Burda 02/2011
Size 36 with modifications
Rayon from Sacré Coupons in Paris
This is gorgeous! Love the fabric, and it’s just the thing for hot weather.
Thank you! It is indeed great to wear it when it’s hot 🙂
Love this dress!
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