Friday, April 26, 2013

Dixie DIY Ballet Dress in Pelorous Ponti

Do you read Marie's blog - A Stitching Odyssey? It is one of my favourites. Marie is extremely gorgeous and makes such lovely clothes. Recently she made the Dixie DIY Ballet Dress - a very simple dress intended for knits.

I had not heard of Dixie DIY before, but I loved Marie's floral version and had been looking for a simple long-sleeved dress to make with the 2m of ponti called 'Pelorous Ponti' I bought in Sydney from Tessuti (I couldn't find it on their website).

I made the size small, and made the following adjustments:

  1. Lengthened the bodice by 7cm. I muslined the bodice only and found that it ended only just below my bust - without taking out the seam allowance to join it to the skirt. I don't think it would have been a good look! 
  2. Lengthened the skirt by about 3cm. 
  3. Took the sleeves in by 5cm in total. They were unusually baggy, and I wanted them to be more streamlined. 
  4. Added a belt. I think it needs it to break it up. 

I love this dress. At first I worried it was a bit too firm-fitting and showed every lump and bump, but I changed my bra about fifty times and finally was happy with how all the bumps were contained.

I had a bit of fun with taking photos - it is a ballet dress after all!

I'm so graceful. Especially in knee-high boots.
Little M decided to get in on the fun - she does love a good twirl and a boogie.

Check out that air!
I'm off to take the kid for a spin on her new balance bike - pretty windy in Melbourne today - definitely reminding me to get started on some winter sewing!


  1. Thanks so much for the mention and for such nice words, Rachel! You're too kind! Anyway, so glad you tried this dress and love it. It's absolutely gorgeous on you and such an easy style to wear. You look gorgeous as ever!

  2. Lovely dress. I love that colour on you. All day I heard, Are we going to M's house? Are we going to M's house...

  3. This is great! Fab colour and the belt really breaks things up! :D

  4. Rachel, this looks really, really, REALLY good on you! The colour is just right, and the fit and the proportions are perfect. And it obviously passes the all important comfort test. Love it!

  5. Looks fab, great colour on you. I'm hoping over to Dixy DIY next so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  6. great dress! lovely color and i like the belt. i'm glad it worked for you with some changes. :)