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Laurel, version 2

I'm still in a predicament with my SD card reader (hopefully it might be in my green backpack which is at work!), but I got Mr T to take these two pics of me today - I have more on the card but alas! no way to get them out. Glorious day in London, probably the only one this year!

This is version two of the Laurel pattern. I haven't blogged about any of the versions yet (2 dresses, 2 tops so far), and they almost all turned out well.

I made this as a trial for another dress which I wore to my friends wedding. The fabric I bought during Rachel's fabulous meet up in April. It's supposed to be cotton, but I wonder if it has some linen in it given how much it creases with wear.

I put an invisible zip in, which I unfortunately shortened too much - it ends just slightly below my waist, and that makes it a bit hard to put on/take off. I finished the seams with very lightweight fusible interfacing - this seemed like a good idea at the time, but actually the interfacing started to come off in the wash, so I guess there's a reason this isn't a real method of finishing seams? I'll take the interfacing out at some point and use an overlock stitch instead. The side seams need trimming anyway, they're all wavy!

This was my second version, and this pattern - let me tell you, it's a work in progress for me!

I had initially tinkered a bit with the shoulders as per this series from Threads and lowered the bust dart. For this version, I put the bust dart up a bit (I think it's about 1 inch lower than the original pattern now). After the dress was done, I took the shoulders in a bit (maybe 1cm, on the neckline?). I also removed quite a lot from the hips, as I always need to do with Colette patterns.

For the following version (v3, also a dress) I also took in about 1 or 1.5cm from the center back, tapering to nothing in about 5 centimeters. I find this particular adjustment was needed for all the versions for me.

For my next one I'll also make a swayback adjustment  - I think I need roughly 3cm but not sure yet. I most definitely have a sway back and need the adjustment.

All in all, a good summer dress. It's too bad I can't wear it more often!


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