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Pastille dress

I was going to get started on the coat, but then I decided I might have a bit more luck with the Pastille dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook.

I'm making it out of a light-weight corduroy I picked up at Mood in NY. I didn't alter the pattern and cut a size 2 - this seemed to be ok for the Rooibos dress. It seems Sarai is making patterns just for me :) I've tested with the tissue and it seems that the bodice will hit exactly at my waist. I have a feeling I might want the bodice a bit longer in the long run but I don't think this will matter for this version, given the material -  but I might want to alter it if I make it in a lighter colour (my corduroy is very dark navy) . I prefer my skirts/dresses to hit midway-ish between my waist and my hips rather than at my waist.

I will, however, need to make sure the fit is just right - I might want to sew the darts less wide than they're shown, given that I plan on wearing the dress with a blouse underneath (as it is still winter here).

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At this point, I've cut almost everything: I am only missing the two sleeve facings. I used tracing paper to do it, and it is SO much easier than what I was doing before (I was using a lot of pins). I don't think I'll get to work on it tonight, as I'm going to a pub for the initial meetup for a new DnD group - we'll roll characters and decide on rules today, and Jan 8th will be the first real play day.

After tonight, I've got 3 evenings left before I fly to Bucharest. I'm hoping to be able to wear the dress to work on Thursday so really only 2 evenings left: Tuesday and Wednesday. The pattern doesn't seem very difficult to sew up, although I will need to fit it properly, which might take all of Tuesday evening.

I'm also not sure that I'll be able to sew the tucks properly, because the fabric is thicker than the recommendations in the pattern. I'll see how I fare and report back. I might only sew two tucks as well, depending on how long the dress turns out to be - based on the pictures in the book, I think I'd like it a bit longer so I might just use one of the tucks to achieve that. I'm also tempted to add a lining to the skirt. I need to go buy an invisible zipper anyway so I'll check what John Lewis has for this. 1/2 metre should be enough I figure so maybe I can get something fancy like real silk!


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