I saw this fabric twice in the same store and for some reason I passed it over the first time, no idea why because I loved the print and it was like $6/metre, cotton and 4% spandex and a heavier weight. Thankfully I came to my senses and bought some, knowing I would have to find a pattern with simple lines and little details as they would get lost otherwise. Perfect for the Truffle dress from Colette.
This pattern is super easy to sew, even though I made the wrong size. Again. I made the size 4 and thought it would be the perfect fit, I have no idea why I thought I had a 36 inch bust all of a sudden. Maybe this was wishful thinking, like the implant fairy visited me in my sleep right before I bought the Colette Sewing Handbook. So I was a little delusional about an extra 2.5 inches on my bust, but I also thought that the 28 inch waist would be the perfect amount of ease. Maybe it would have been, however somehow, even though I used a 1 inch seam allowance on the bodice to make up for the bust issue, I ended up with a 29 inch finished waist measurement, leaving 2 inches of ease. (ummm…what?). I might have to adjust it again, I wore it to work to see how it would settle. You can see in the picks it’s nowhere near as fitted as it could be.
I learned how to line a dress properly, plus I made the lining for the entire dress not just the bodice and the pattern recommends. Bemberg rayon lining makes a dress super dreamy to wear, not to mention that it looks fantastic. Now I must line everything I make! Ok, not everything, but dresses and skirts definitely. Because I once again refused to make a muslin (too impatient) the baggy back was dealt with by adjusting the shoulders. Because I had already lined it and had not tried it on, and did not want to undo the beautiful lining, I folded the back of the shoulder over the front and added buttons to give the illusion that this was intentional. I think it works. Actually I am pretty proud of the dress, despite the size. But is is a super comfy dress, and I do love the fabric.
I definitely want to make this dress again, the silhouette is pretty and there are so many possibilities for fabric types. Next time I will make it at least one, if not two sizes smaller.
As you can see Smiley was very interested in my dress, he came in for a few close ups. I think he really likes the dress .