dressmaking, sewing

Sewing the Sequence Dress

I fell in love with and purchased some special fabric from Sew Your Own Wardrobe in Ashby-De-La-Zouch, as soon as I laid my eyes on it I knew I wanted it for my best fiends wedding. I wasn’t sure what pattern I wanted it for but I knew with the print needed something simple and stylish.

When papercut patterns launched the sequence dress pattern I immediately knew it was perfect, the shape was simple yet sophisticated with clean lines that wouldn’t interfere with the print. I made a toile and found I needed to make a few adjustments to make it what I wanted. the ties on the side were sitting too low in the middle of my hip, I tried just moving the tie further up but it made the front bodice saggy so I removed 1.5 inch from the bodice length and added 4 inches to the skirt length.

The fabric was the a beautiful satin twill with quite a heavy weight and a large floral design.

I always do some test stitching before I start sewing and found the fabric did pucker a little, after playing around with the needle size, tension and stitch length I found the perfect combination and with a press there was no puckering. You can see on my samples below the difference.

The dress came together quickly but I did add a few extras that aren’t included in the instructions, I stay stitched the front and back bodice neckline, and then once I’d added the facing I understitched it too. I also added some interfacing to the inside of the ties where they attach to the bodice to stop any pulling in the fabric, graded the seams and took the corners out to reduce bulk. and it really impoved them compared to the toile.

The Finished dress

So heres the finished product. I styled it with some suede black shoes from ASOS and some silver jewellery that I’ve had for a long time. I purchased some clips from a local artisan market they hold every weekend in tynemouth station and I think they finish the look perfectly.

Also I took Rich shopping and kitted him out and doesnt he look handsome?

Thats all folks … Thanks for reading!


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