Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Last Summer Garment (V1109 + B5522= a Dress )

There's no denying it. Summer is over. I know this because  September is here, school has started, and heck, the leaves on some trees have already started to change colours! Ouch!  Apparently, that's due to the hurricane that struck in early July which caused  stress to  the trees. But I'm not ready to let go of warm sunny days yet!

My  last  summer garment is a dress made by combining the sleeves of V1109  by Sandra Betzina,



 and the body of B5522, now both out of print.




I made it to wear to my sister's 70th birthday party. I wasn't sure I liked it until I walked into the party and got oodles of compliments on it. Well. with this bright fabric, they had to notice, I guess. That settled it. I do like it.



The fabric is a border print poly/lycra and I had to buy 4 1/2 meters in order to get enough border print to make this happen. It was a fun piece to make but I wish the border had been wider so it would be more evident at the neckline. Other than that, it turned out just as I envisioned it.



The focal point of the dress is really the unique sleeves which I love. The top which I've made a couple of times was very form fitting but I always wanted to use the sleeves again.

I got the idea of  joining the fronts of the dress and the top at the waistline, then using the neckline and the armholes of the top  and that worked really well.


I love the way this dress patterns falls nicely over the hips and without being fitted at the waist, still gives a shapely silhouette.









( Bad photos but a photographer, I'm not, LOL )

What do you think?

Next time I'll show you a bias cut shirt made using B5786.


14 comments:

Amanda S. said...

This is a great end of summer dress. Colors are lovely and the neck feature is so creative.

Linda T said...

Oh I LOVE it! Border prints are one of my favorites and love bright colors! I definitely think its a winner!

Angela said...

I love it! What great fabric!

Andrea said...

I think it's a great dress and you look fabulous! I also think the border is a perfect size - a definite feature, but does not overwhelm you size wise. I also think you must be the baby of the family. ;)

Jenny said...

Wow! Very creative way to combine the patterns. The fabric and dress are beautiful!

Vicki said...

Clever use of border and patterns. Very nice!

Debbie Iles said...

That looks wonderful on you. I love the bold colours.

Vernelle Nelson said...

It looks wonderful on you. This dress is a great way for you to cap off the summer. However, depending on the weather, you should be able to get a few more wearings this season.

twotoast said...

Such a stunning dress! Great use of the print.

Sharon said...

Lovely dress and the way you have used the border adds interest without taking away from the print.

asisewit said...

Sew stylish!

Sarah Liz said...

I like your photos - they are clear, and I also see your very pretty house :).

This is a great dress to finish summer with - and the colour is a lovely one to wear for the start of Autumn, with a warm garment underneath.

shams said...

What a great use of a bold print, Diana!

catquilts said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Great crafts(wo)manship. Perfect fabric, and the it is great. Also, LOVE the sandals. :-)