When the tour announcement and sign ups went up I panicked! Was I ready to join in on a blog tour? Would they kick me off because I’m not great at keeping up with the blogging (despite my best intentions) along with a myriad of other thoughts and doubts. But I jumped in regardless!
The brief was to sew something that you have never sewn before and preferrably from a designer that you haven’t used before. I LOVE supporting local and love the style that Ann at 1 Puddle Lane has! Classic, well designed and timeless, I’ve owned the Miss Audrey pattern for a while now and when my original plan for the tour didn’t work out (fabric shortages) and I knew I had both the fabric sitting there and an event coming for that needed a dress I jumped in and sewed this one up.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS SCARED OF!
Ann’s instructions and drafting is SPOT ON! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the final dress and thankfully the fit is 90% perfect on first draft. I hadn’t made a fitted woven dress for myself before and the need for a potential full bust adjustment scares me (still does). Ann provides cut lines for different bust sizes and great grading advice for blending sizes.
It was my best friends younger sister’s wedding day and it was an outdoor formal dress code this dress fitted the bill perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed the surprised look on everyone’s face when they found out I made this beauty. It was the perfect opportunity to take some photos with my hair and makeup done unfortunately the dress ended up a little creased :(.
I love the neckline on this dress classic and timeless definitely a great staple that I know i’m going to make a few more times. I already have another 2 prints picked and ready to go. It was comfortable all night and the perfect length straight off the bat which despite only being 165cm (5’5″), I usually need to add a few inches to hem length on dresses. It was also surprisingly quick to put together! I was expecting this to take over 5hours to sew up but it went together a lot faster than that around 2.5hrs including cutting time and stopping and starting for facebook checking.
Things I would change next time:
- I need to take it in slightly through the shoulders – this dress is completely fine I wont bother changing it, but i’ll make those adjustments before my next sew
- Buy an invisible zipper foot to get in nice and tight on the invisible zipper down the back
- I think i’d do a fully lined bodice next time – not because the facing flipped or moved just for a more polished look inside to match the inside.
The fabric was a custom print from The Material Girl Australia back from the second round of customs and is one of the worst selling prints to date which surprises me because its stunning in real life. I think it’s the orange which I would normally shy away from but I’ve been trying to embrace colour since I started sewing and this dress will be great for dressing up or down and matching with a ton of colours. The black has a slight blue undertone as well. Hopefully we can create a request storm and get this one reprinted because I think it’d be amazing in a pencil skirt too.
Thanks Melissa for having me! Go and check out the other bloggers participating we’ve all stepped out of our comfort zones and there is some amazing makes:
There is a rafflecopter for you all to enter as well: