Saturday, 12 September 2015

A Simple Nicola

Hi everyone, thanks for the great response to my Mary Poppins outfit. Fancy dress won't feature again for a long time, I suspect. Today, I have a very simple make to share with you. As I was slowly packing for our holiday, I realised that I didn't have enough dresses for the evening to take with me. I'm happy to spend most of the daytime in shorts or mini skirts with a tank top but I like to feel a little more put together for the evening. I don't have to look too smart, just a little more "normal".

Simple Nicola

I had a spare afternoon and decided to whip up a simple dress. I had been meaning to make another Nicola dress by Victory Patterns. I absolutely love the wrap and the shape of the skirt and I'm reminded just how much when I wear my original. However, the sleeves, despite being a lovely feature, can be a little cumbersome, especially if you want to wear a cardigan or jacket over the top. This time, I skipped the sleeves and I'm so pleased I did. This version works perfectly underneath a cardigan. I finished the arms with narrow white bias binding, a technique which has now cemented itself as my favourite way to finish arm holes. You can see how this dress came together in pictures here

Simple Nicola

In addition to being short on time, I was also feeling a little burnt out from my sewcation. This really affected the way I approached this dress. I decided not to line the dress, mainly because of the high summer temperatures. The hem is a narrow hem - simply overlocked, turned under once and hand stitched in place. This still gives me the opportunity of lining the skirt should I want to in the future without it being a lot of work. The fabric is a French crepe by Robert Kaufmann purchased from Barry's during last year's Sew Brum meet up. It is a fabulous fabric and I will definitely consider buying more in a different print for future projects. 

Simple Nicola

The bit that bothers me the most about this dress is the fit of the bodice. After taking forever to fit the first version, this one feels too big around the bust. It is one more indication that my needed pattern adjustments are changing and I have to accept the fact exercise has changed my body and I need to stop being lazy with the fit. If I want to repeat patterns I made over six months ago I will need to check the fit and be prepared to start over if necessary. I think I can get away with it with this dress as it is though. What do you think?

Simple Nicola

Despite my reservations over the fit, I love this dress. It has quickly asserted itself a "must wear each week dress". The crepe is delightful to wear, needs very little pressing after washing and dries incredibly quickly. The colours work across seasons and I can see me wearing this in the autumn with a slip underneath. Yay for versatile makes! Are you sewing this weekend? If so, what's on your sewing table?

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  1. I'm trying to find an emoji that express what I think, but there is none. OMG, what an amazing marriage of pattern and fabric. I loved your original Nicola (it's green, you know) but this is high class. The fitting problems are definitely not noticeable except maybe for you. This goes straight onto my top three of things you have ever made.

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    1. Aww, thanks! This fabric was crying out for a simple pattern to allow it to shine.

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  3. fabric looks gorgeous, looks lovely in the sleeveless Nicola (and lovely on you ;o) This weekend I am trying to finish some WIPs - grainline moss mini and deer and doe datura sleeveless blouse, I cut them out at easter!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you managed to finish your WIPs this weekend.

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  4. That's beautiful Claire! It suits you perfectly, I think this pattern looks much better without the sleeves, which I know would annoy the hell out of me. I'm not surprised it's a "must wear weekly" dress.

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    1. Thanks, Sam. I really love the sleeves but they just aren't practical for my lifestyle - we need to be able layer up here!

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  5. This is a really lovely dress and you've made a great job with it. It looks like it fits you perfectly. The fabric is gorgeous, beautiful colours in it. The thing I really noticed was that the wrap over sits perfectly, it doesn't look like there's any gaping at all. Quite something to achieve! Love the sleeves too...crikey I seem to love this dress!

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    1. Thank you, Joyce. I spent a lot of time getting the wrap right in my first version. There's nothing worse than a gaping wrap dress!

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  6. That is a really great dress. The fabric is wonderful and the colours are great on you. I like the fit of the bodice. The dress looks very smart. Xx

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    1. Thank you. The fabric is what makes this dress, I think. The colours are just wonderful.

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  7. I love this dress! The print is really gorgeous, and I agree that it will work all year round. The fit issues aren't noticeable at all, maybe due to the dark colors and print, so I wouldn't worry about it! You can always tweak the pattern if you decide to sew it again later.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I think you're probably right that the colours and print hide the fitting and to be honest, it doesn't stop me wearing and enjoying the dress!

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