Hi, I have fully enjoyed my latest project, I decided to join in with the Sew Dolly Clackett competition (details found here). Basically Roisin also known as Dolly Clackett (who is an amazing dress creator and blogger) is getting married and her good friend has created this competition in celebration of this awesome event 🙂 You can chose from a few patterns that Roisin uses regularly, I chose and ordered a pattern from Christine Haynes – Emery. I chose some fabric from FabricLand.co.uk – http://fabricland.co.uk/eu732%20031.jpg and got to work 🙂
I made a toile/muslin from the bodice pattern pieces first and adjusted a couple of the darts. I quite liked the collar look so I went with that. I’m not keen on sleeves so I chose not to make the dress sleeveless. I cut and made the bodice from my main material and the collar from a stiff white cotton (interfacing was not needed). I put all the pieces together as I was instructed. I liked the pocket idea too so I went with that…and gathered the skirt pieces and sewed it all together. I did not like the gathered look on me, it just did not suit me. I had seen box pleats on the Great British Sewing Bee and thought I would them a go! I have never made a box pleat before! I measured the gaps and and gave them a go. I think they worked pretty well! I even managed to get the back pleats opposite the back seams!