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outfit: easter sunshine

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Happy Easter! We had such lovely sunshine yesterday, so we took a walk around town and took some pictures. I wore what I’ve been calling my “dotty cowl dress”, which is the wearable muslin for my Ireland dress that I finally went back and properly finished.

Fabric: Polyester crepe (?) from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL. I found this poly in the discount section, but it’s been nice to work with. And the color and print is so fun!
Pattern: Self-drafted, finally wearable muslin for the Ireland dress. See the not-so-wearable in-progress muslin here.
Techniques: Self-lined bodice, fabric cut on bias, invisible zipper, bound armhole seams, understitching, bra strap carriers.

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I think my favorite part of this dress is the irregular dotted fabric in a purple-putty/bright peach color combination. It made me laugh out loud at the fabric store, and since I have an ongoing goal of wearing more patterned fabrics, I snatched it up. You might have seen this dress before, as part of the process of making a floor length gown to wear to a wedding in Ireland. The finished dress turned out beautifully, which was of course thanks to making several muslins to tweak the fit!

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One of the things the muslin helped me see was some excess fabric diagonally on the back bodice. I fixed the pattern for the final dress obviously, but since I just wanted to make this muslin wearable I wasn’t going to recut anything. Below is a picture I took while doing the fitting adjustments, and then the finished wearable muslin. I’ve taken the excess out of the side seams only, but it did help! The armholes are a little oddly shaped now (a little high and tight, and abruptly shaped from the armhole going up), but this is a totally wearable muslin. In fact, I’ve worn it several times since finishing it – while giving a gallery tour, at a nicer dinner, and at an evening work event. Success!

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In sewing for myself I don’t make muslins often, mostly just when I make very fitted garments like strapless bodices or blazer-style jackets. I think this is actually the first time I’ve even made a test garment out of “real” fabric instead of the standard unbleached cotton muslin! I hate letting things go to waste, so I’m glad this dress was salvagable.

DSC_5583DSC_5558I wish a Happy Easter to all – for me that includes a lot of oranges and tea and chocolates, knitting, reading, and sitting against a sunny wooden cabin wall wearing sunglasses. Aaaah!

  • gilliancrafts

    This is gorgeous on you! The bust draping is so pretty and effortless looking. I like how the print looks subtle from far away, and bright and bonkers up close! I’m glad you made this dress work!

    • indigorchid

      Gillian, thanks! It took something like three rounds of patterning and alterations to get there, but I’m really happy with how the fit of the bodice ended up! I haven’t kept the skirt pattern, but I’ve certainly kept the bodice pattern so I can make this style of dress again if I wanted to! Haha – I so agree with your description of the fabric pattern, it’s subtle until you see it up close!

  • http://opportunityknits.blogspot.com erin

    Lovely dress, the drape is amazing and my goodness,you drafted it! Fabulous skills!

    • indigorchid

      Thank you so much Erin!

  • https://profiles.google.com/116515372850484075366 vibeke l

    åååhhh…VAKKERT!!
    ELSKER ALT ved dette antrekket..ALT : ))

    • indigorchid

      Åh, takk Vibeke! Entusiasmen din er veldig smittende, så takk for det!