There. Look at that kid. LOOK AT IT. See the determined look on her face? Her jaws relentlessly destroying that lollipop while contemplating some unimaginably grand scheme? See the polkadot dress? The grand plan that girl had was to keep wearing that dress – for ever. No matter how big she’d grow, no matter what futuristic fashion-trends would lay ahead, that polka-dot dress would become her uniform.
Unfortunately, I grew out of that dress quite soon after, as five-year olds tend to do. No big deal, it just means I have to find a new polka-dot uniform. And last week, it was mission accomplished. I sewed a dress! The fabric is super loud white dots on red cotton, because why not, right?
Bought at: Local market
I’m super happy with the fit. Laurel is a shift dress, which isn’t a too hard a shape to make. One of the things I wanted to learn from this pattern, apart from getting more into dress making and sewing in general, was experimenting with getting the fit right. The Laurel dress is such a simple shape I was really able to focus on the fit and shaping.
See, as is the case with most women, my body doesn’t come in a standard size and I have to make adjustments to clothing to make them fit. With knitting this comes natural: because of the stretch of the knitting and the ease of decreases and increases sizing comes easy to me. With sewing however, not so much. My particular problem with the standard sizes is the bust area. I found that in order for patterns to fit right I have to tweek that area quite a bit. I think for a gal that can’t wear a lot of commercial dresses because the bust areas don’t work out, I’m pretty pleased with the fit of this handmade dress.
I’m not sure if I would have bought a shift dress kind of dress when stumbling on it in a shop and I wasn’t sure whether I liked such a style on me. In the end however I’m quite chuffed with it, it screams 1960’s and that is something I can totally live with 🙂
As with many sewing patterns, Laurel comes in several versions. I choose model 2, which includes pockets! I think the gathered cuffs of version 3 aren’t really for me on a dress type such as this one. To this date this is the only laurel version I’ve sewed up, but I can see more of them in the furure. I’m already dreaming about a second ‘version 2’, with the pockets in chambray.
In other news, past week my life at university started and I’m quite busy again. I managed to injure myself in the first week, by
being stupid with steam and a iron fighting dragons, a few severe burns on my arm were the result and I can’t do much with it now really. So barely any knitting or sewing for me for now, until it heals up (SEND LOTS OF SYMPATHY!!!) Just so you know, these pictures were taken before me being stupid my heroic moment, so no charred arm yet 😉 Gosh…lesson learned..be careful with that heat people!