I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas, happy new year and festive period in general. I really got into the twixmas period myself and am now finding it a real struggle not to stuff myself with chocolates and get back into the work mode.
I knew I’d have some time over the festive period to make a couple of wintery dresses and I definitely achieved what I’d set out to do (bar one floral fabric I haven’t yet used). This first one was a complete hack. My favourite kind of challenge sometimes is taking what I have and adapting it to fit my vision.
Here’s the original pin:
I must have looked at this image a million times, wanting to find the perfect rusty red corduroy fabric, thinking about the slight racer style of the shoulders and planning which pattern I’d use.
I bought my fabric on Ebay and it is brighter than the one used in the original pin but I’m happy with that. I’m sure if I’d have hunted around a bit more I’d have found exactly what I was looking for, but red isn’t a colour I wear a huge amount of and I wanted to play it safe instead of chancing it with my fabric colour prior to its arrival.
In the end I used the skirt of a new pattern I’d bought to make another dress (New Look’s 6509 – more on that in a future blog post) and a New Look top pattern, the 6483. The version I chose had slimmer shoulders but, having made this one before, I knew it came up large, so I sized down. It fits well but the shoulders aren’t quite as slim as I’d have hoped. Still, it’s a minor niggle.
The skirt was also very long before I hemmed it and so I brought it up quite a bit. This way I can wear it to work as a fairly smart dress and it isn’t too long in length so I can wear it in a casual way too.
In my last post I alluded to the fact that I had four makes to complete this festive season, so there’s more on the way, though I’ve just about made three of them. The fourth is more of a summer make anyway, so that one will have to wait.