All dressed up and nowhere to go

No mending this Monday, so I thought I’d share a make instead.

Last autumn, when we could travel and see friends in the same room, rather than only electronically, I went to London. The main purpose was lunch with an old friend, but I slotted in a bit of fabric shopping and bought a lovely piece of Japanese cotton. I chose it to go with a specific dress pattern and intended to make it almost straight away. However, the need for a cotton dress in the winter is limited and so other projects took precedence. Now, however, it’s spring and the time was right for this piece of sewing.

It’s a simple garment, with raglan sleeves and a zip at the back. The idea was to choose a fabric that would take centre stage. It turned out to be a fairly simple make, although I did have to adjust the shoulder darts a little and may revisit them, as I think the shaping could be better.

So, I give you the Raglan dress (a pattern from the Avid Seamstress):

Now, I just need to be allowed out in order to show it off.

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  1. Oooh, it’s beautiful! Lovely shape, and that fabric is gorgeous. I hope you get a chance to show it off outside soon!

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    • I suspect that dog-walking is the only trip out it’s going to get for a while… here in Wales (unlike England) none of our lockdown restrictions have been lifted, apart from being allowed to exercise more than once a day.

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      • Ah, that’s a shame for the dress… But probably better on every other front! I’d rather have tighter restrictions now than months and months of on-again-off-again lockdowns. The dress will keep until normality resumes!

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  2. Very pretty fabric, and a lovely simple shaped dress to let it shine. I hope the other dog walkers will appreciate it πŸ˜‰

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    • I’d quite like to make the same pattern in something a bit more drapey – perhaps a soft linen… might have to have look at one or two online fabric stores, since I can’t visit any for real.

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  3. The simple shape of the dress showcases that gorgeous fabric perfectly. I lost my dressmaking mojo with the current situation but it’s slowly coming back. Dresses will be a good idea while I try to get back into my pre-lockdown jeans. πŸ˜‰

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    • I’ve almost completely given up wearing trousers (and I’ve only ever owned two pairs of jeans in my life), so dresses like this are my go-to garment most days and have been for several years now.

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  4. Lovely! It’s a simple but flattering style and the fabric is totally the star, so you’ve ticked all the boxes and met your own brief very nicely. I hope you’ve kept some nice scraps so you can accessorise with a coordinating bag?

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  5. Judith Howard

     /  May 18, 2020

    We will have to make a special expedition to fabric shops went we are let out nothing like seeing and feeling the fabric for a project. I have been hunting for fine linen for dress making for a while. Seems trendy means dress makers don’t get much look in. Seasalt has some lovely red at the moment (if you wear it) but most of the rest it too heavy for summer frocks!

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  6. Very nice Mrs S! I think you need to go for cocktails!

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  7. How very very beautiful! Hope you get to wear it soon and go out and about.

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  8. I just saw the comment about you wearing it while walking the dogs – fabulous! I like the simplicity of the design and the fabric is so pretty. I only wear dresses on those long hot summer days, though I would love to wear them more often. I tend to feel ‘dressed up’ in one and so stick to my trousers or leggings and long tops…. You’ve made me want to take another look at my wardrobe πŸ™‚

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  9. What a lovely colour & beautifully made 😍

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  10. I remember that trip and this fabric. What a nice looking dress for it. You need to model it for us, perhaps at the Greasy Spaniel.

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  11. Wow, that is gorgeous. You are GOOD at this – I don’t think I have what it takes to make a dress like that any more!

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  12. Very nice choice of fabric.

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  13. Ooh, that’s lovely!

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