I managed to nab my poor husband before supper and got him to take the modeled shots of my new Colette Parfait Dress. Why I'm standing like a pregnant woman is a mystery! Also I have what is known around these parts as a Farmers tan!
This was a prctice run for a dress I want to make. I had heard a lot of people say that their first Parfait could have been better. I never make muslins...but maybe I'll change that...but then I seldom make anything for myself.
I got the fabric from Julia at Sewfabrics It is lovely lawn cotton. The pattern came via eBay too from Tracy.
I love the fit of this dress. It covers a multitude things...tummy mainly!
The bodice is lined with white cotton, because the main cotton is so sheer. The skirt really should be lined too.
My main fault in making this dress was misunderstanding the way the midriff section would sit..I thought it would sit flatter and I used a fabric that is too stiff and it puckers, next time round I'll use a similar weight of fabric to the main fabric...if not the same fabric.
I sewed the buttons on, they don't open. I don't need them too. There is a zip in the side which allows you to get in and out easliy. The buttons came from my local fabric shop..in other words they could be at least 20 years old and smell of moth-balls! I love them though. She had only 3 large buttons, and some matching smaller ones.
I didn't put the pockets on..they're made, but I'm not quite sure if I will leave this as a dress...I'm thinking of making it tunic length...would I be mad...? I never wear summer dresses...4 kids (two of them 2yr olds) never make wearing skirts or dresses a lady-like experience! It never gets hot enough here anyway!
The other Parfait dress would be for evening wear.
This is the fabric I plan to make the next one out of..all I need to find is some time now!
This fabric is from Nicole at Dots'nStripes
The pattern is from Tracy the Material Girl