Monday, April 26, 2010

Feelin' Pretty - Advance 3929 for Pattern Review Contest

Hi everyone!! Hope you all had a nice weekend. I did - I went for a run today and my neck feels quite okay! I am much more chipper for it. 

I am also feeling pretty chuffed with myself as the lovely Sunni (aka the Cupcake Goddess) featured my blue and white polka dot Rooibos in her stitching spotlights! Thanks Sunni! Then I was looking on the Colette Patterns website, and Sarai has used my Rooibos and my Ceylon in her gallery! Wow, I am feeling very special in all. 

I've also done a bunch of sewing this weekend. It was a relatively quiet one (a 30th B'day Party on Sat night, but that's about it). Michael is about to submit his PhD, so it is quiet time here at the ranch. 


I finished my Pattern Review Vintage Pattern contest dress. And boy, do I love it. It was not without tears, mostly due to having to take out a whopping 18cm from the waist, and then sewing the back to the front bodice. Ah well, it has been worth it in the end!


Ah, I'm in love with my own sewing skills this week (sorry to be so vain, but it is so nice when it pays off). Because this was for the contest, Michael and I went to some extra effort with the photos. Here are a few detailing my handiwork for the contest:


The neck tie. 



The invisible zip.



My lovely enclosed seams. 

I will post my other projects over the next few days. I finished my red and black Rooibos dress, and my little niece's 1960s party frock (she is turning 3). Hope all is going well in your parts of the world. xx

22 comments:

  1. That is such a lovey dress! It manages to be summery and sophisticated all at the same time. The kind of thing you can dress up or down depending on how you want to wear it. Gorgeous! It fits you beautifully (very nicely made!) and I absolutely love the fabric. Best of luck with the contest!

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  2. It's perfect, the dress, the material, the craftmanship.
    Glad I've decided not to join the competition, you would have been hard to beat!

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  3. I would LOVE that dress!!! It is gorgeous! Too bad this weeks meet has been cancelled :( Will you bring it to the next one?

    Looking forward to seeing the 60's dress and how nice for you to have your garments featured - lucky girl!

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  4. Ohhhhh!!! I love the dress! the photos are great (any chance of getting Grandma's photo?)...Fantastic seams and the invisible zip...my god, that's good!! You look lovely! Good luck to Michael as he submits the PhD!

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  5. This is a beautiful dress - just the style I love - so simple, pretty, feminine, and comfortable!!! I Love the way it came out. I hope you win : )

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  6. Nice to hear you are doing better! I'm totally jealous of your mad seam-enclosing skills! The overall look is absolutely professional and gorgeous, well done!

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  7. Oh goodness! This is such a stunning dress! I'm so in love with the style and the fabric choice. That is some really gorgeous fabric. You look simply gorgeous in it!

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  8. Really beautiful dress! Yes, you should be proud of your sewing skills :)

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  9. Great dress!! Love the fabric.. it's so perfect!

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  10. looks great. I often go to my grandmother for inspiration with garments. I love feeling that tie to the past! The fabric is gorgous in this dress and I love the shoes!

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  11. this is really gorgeous, and inspiring that such a simple pattern can be so effective with the right fabric choice. i love to see the construction details too, beautiful work.

    great stuff, i was wondering whether to try a 40s dress next, you've just convinced me!

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  12. Such a pretty dress. You look lovely in it.

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  13. oh Rachel - you and the dress are divine - good luck in the contest. Sending good karma to Michael for the thesis submission.

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  14. HOOOOOOTTTTTT!!

    I've also had my eye on that fabric for a while. Might just have to buy it. Brilliant dress.

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  15. So elegant! Rachel, how on earth do you manage to get so much sewing done? I'm in awe of your speediness!

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  16. Thanks everyone for such lovely comments!!

    Corinne - I will bring it to the next meet, promise.

    Debi - I bet my cotton socks that my lovely Grandma will not part with her photo. Mostly because it is one of those ones that is kind of glued to the frame? Or made directly into a frame? Not sure how it is made entirely, but it has been on the dresser in her bedroom for as long as I can remember. My Grandpa passed away some time ago, and I don't think Grandma would even lend me the pic as Grandpa is in it too. I don't blame her. It must be nice to have a picture of them looking so handsome on her dresser.

    Tilly -- every Saturday I have the day to myself. Michael goes off to work, and I sew. I moved to Melbourne late last year, and most of my family and friends still live in Queensland. I have one sister who lives here but she is a nurse and works nightshift, so I don't see her during the day much. Most of my friends so far here are kind of 'couple friends' if that makes sense, so Saturday is designated Sewing Day. Plus I am lucky in that Michael does all the cooking, so night time I hang out in the kitchen where my machine is and do a little sewing as he cooks. I do need to slow with the sewing though. I am thinking of doing a class or something to branch out a bit. I do have a tendency to be a bit insular at times, and I've kind of let sewing completely engulf all my spare time, which is quite solitary. Ah! The joys of making new friends when you are older! (I am completely okay with all of this by the way, don't want to sound like I am weeping in a corner or anything :-)

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  17. You are amaaaaaaaazzzing! Great work on the dress. Spending time on the finer details is so worth the effort isn't it?

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  18. So elegant,so feminine!Great job!

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  19. Great job on the dress! Great photography. The Advance pattern company came up with some great designs.

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