Sewpony just released her newest dress pattern, the Dear Prudence dress and today is the first day of the blog tour. SewPony showed the prototype of this dress during last year's fall and she mentioned that she was creating a pattern. I immediately reacted that I would love to test the dress and I had been eyeing the blog like a hawk ever since. I was so eager to sew this dress because of the pockets, the collar and neckline. The neckline is shirred and therefore there are no buttons or zipper needed, which is a feature I love!
through my fabric stash, my eye fell on this grey with gold accents
fabric from Michael Miller. While thinking about the fabric for the
pocket and collar I remembered I still had a small scrap from another
Michael Miller fabric with gold elements, the fabric I used for this dress. I choose to use gold piping due to the fact that both fabrics
have gold elements. I think the combination is lovely.
past, I shirred with matching top thread, once I even sewed with
transparent thread. This time, following Suz's own test dress, I used a
contrasting color. I think the effect is very neat. Besides
elastic shirring thread, the neckline has an extra elastic in it. I would have
never thought of it, but this way the top of the shirring also looks
Finding the right buttons is very hard around here.
I have a small stash and somehow the colors I want, are never in it.
This time, I ended up using metal anorak fasters from Prym. Although the details
in the dress are gold, I think the silver is a nice extra detail, both
have a nice shine.
Big pockets are a big plus in our house, my
kids love them. When I finish a garment one of their first questions
during fitting is if the garment has pockets. The pockets on this dress
are great for fabric blocking, but you can also use one fabric for the
entire dress. Suz very well explans in her instructions how to make the nice sharp edge with your piping.
The back of the dress has an elastic casting which creates a beautifully
fitted look. I love the cap sleeves on this dress, but the dress also
has the options for sleeveless, short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves, so you can
make dresses for the entire year round.
the pattern's instructions do not call for it (Suz uses another nice technique), I hand stitched the front bodice's
lining to the skirt. Ever since I did it for my Brueram dress I have
been making beautifully hand finished bodices. I think it is really funny how
my sewing quality is evolving. When I started making clothes, about
three years, I didn't finish any seam, I just didn't care at all about
the inside of a garment. I just wanted to be finished quickly. Now, I
am even enjoying hand stitching linings and blind seams (in front of the
television or watching my kids in the garden). I would not have
believed you if you would have told me back then.
When I made
the pictures in this flower field, it was very, very sunny. The field I
found was lovely and I made several pictures but these were the only two
that I could actually use. The rest were either overexposed (at such a level
that even Photoshop couldn't save my raw files), my daughter was
pinching her eyes or she was clearly being afraid of the bees that were
also enjoying the flowers.
Because of the blog tour you can get 15% off the pattern's price throughout the tour with code PRUDENCE15. The blog tour runs 6-17 July on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, more information can be found on Sewpony's blog.
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