Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dolores Batwing Dress


Dolores Batwing Dress

I bought this fabric a year ago. At first I loved it, then I kind of hated it, so I put it out of sight. But the colors were so right for me... I pulled it out again for fall, though I wasn't sure what to make with it. When I saw So Zo's Dolores Batwing Dress, I thought it would be perfect, so I entered the giveaway Zoe was having on her blog. I'm so glad I won. Thank you Zoe! Sometimes, I find, when I'm unsure about a fabric, it's a just a matter of finding the right pattern for it.
I love this dress and have already worn it a couple times in the past week. I no longer have any doubts about the fabric. I'm actually pretty smitten with these crazy tile shapes.




When I measured the pattern, I found it had negative ease around the hips, so, since my fabric, a double knit, didn't have very much stretch, I cut two sizes bigger. Of course, I sewed it up and ended up trimming it back down to my size. But, you know, if I'm not making a muslin, I'd rather give myself a little room for adjustments, even in a knit, rather than cutting something and finding that I cannot wear it. So, in the end, the sizing was perfect, no mods needed.
I like my dresses to be knee length, but this may be just a smidge too long... The fabric is heavy and it seems to grow a bit. I might slice off an inch or so.



I'm glad I chose a very loose style for My Coat, so I can comfortably wear it over these types of dresses. Something that really puzzles me in ready to wear, is that you see a lot of oversized sweaters, but coats tend to be fitted, with narrow sleeves.
See my wings:



You might have noticed it's similar in style to Last Week's Dress. What can I say, I love these relaxed dresses! This is my version of sweatpants I guess... I like to be comfortable, but I still want to feel pulled together. I'd say the major difference between the two patterns is that this one was designed exclusively for knits and the Cynthia Rowley pattern is for either knits or wovens, so it has much more ease in the skirt and sleeve bands.  Also the sleeve shape is actually quite different and the neckline here is more of a boatneck. I'll probably use this one for knits and the C.R. for wovens in the future.


I made a matching slim belt with metallic beads at the end. I almost always make these to go with my knit dresses. I don't always wear them together, but I like to have options. Last week's dress also has its belt, though I chose to wear a leather belt for the pictures.


38 comments:

  1. I have to say I wasn't sold on the Dolores pattern, but I absolutely love your version. It looks stylish and comfortable and very modern. The fabric is amazing, I would snap that up in a heartbeat.

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  2. I love this version. The pattern is lovely and simple but your fabric really makes it something special.
    I am tempted to get the Dolores as I was very interested a couple of years ago when Zoe first said she might make a pattern, however I have a burda pattern that is very similar that I got at a swap a year or so ago and I'm trying not to get too many duplicates in my pattern 'stash'!

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    1. Thank you Tamsin! You're right, Burda has some really nice batwing styles as well!

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  3. really nice match of pattern and fabric! really simple dress design lets fabric be the star of the outfit.. and i love how you styled the look, and how great that print looks with your hair

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    1. Thank you Mokosha! I love it when it's this easy ;)

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  4. It looks fab! It suits you so much. I was lucky enough to win it too, but I'm making the top version.... Stay tuned.....

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    1. Yay! I look forward to seeing your top :)

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  5. Comfortable dress with lovely fabric and great stying. What else can you ask for? I know what you mean about dresses being your version of sweat pants. I live all summer long in skirts; pants are too warm and shorts are not as becoming. Yesterday someone asked me why I was so dressed up. Heck, it was a denim skirt and a knit top! Not that big of a step up from jeans and a t-shirt in my mind but apparently it is to other people.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I like to make just a bit more of an effort than jeans + t-shirt too :)

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  6. Oh oh oh...love this. Fabric is perfect, styling with black hose, the shoes. Yes! I am a batwing fan as well. Great make, Sara.

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  7. This is a perfect match of fabric and pattern. I loved the Dolores patter to, but you have made a unique Sara like version. Your dress has the typical understated elegance, like your whole wardrobe.
    Wonderful.
    So sorry today I'm really struggling to find the right words in english. Not to mention the Autocorrector which tries to out in the german words instead.
    Claudia

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudia :) I see no problem with your english. We're an international community, aren't we ?

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  8. I would NEVER have guessed this pattern could look so flattering as I was not convinced by the long-sleeved Tee. The print has a 70's vibe and the colors are perfect on you!!

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    1. Thank you! The long sleeved version is too much of a mutton sleeve for my taste. Yes the print feels 70's, which I love. My fear was that it would be too overwhelming, but it worked out well.

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  9. Ooh I really like it! Great fabric/pattern pairing! Love it when that comes together!

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  10. Oh Sara, this is PHENOMENAL!!! So chic I can hardly deal with it! That fabric is amazing, and I'm so pleased that your other commenters feel that the pattern is a good canvas for it. Thanks so much for taking the time to make and blog about the pattern, and it's wonderful to hear that you've already worn it a couple of time xx

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    1. Thank you so much Zoe! So glad you like it. It's a great pattern and I most definitely will make it again!

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  11. You always pick the most striking colours to match your complexion. I'm sure I said it before but your hair and skin are just the most beautiful ever. I really love this dress on you. It is simple and elegant. Love the little special touch of the beads on the end of the tie too.

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie! My hair is so dry and unruly, I have a love/hate relashionship wit it ;)

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  12. The fabric is just perfect for this dress and it looks lovely and stylish. I really love your slim belt! How did you make it? It looks like it has cord or something in it?

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    1. Hi Kirsty! The belt is actually filled with self fabric: you don't trim your seam allowance after you've sewn it up, so when you turn your tube, the SA serves as stuffing :)

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  13. Very flattering and chic (as are so many of your clothes).

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  14. I love the combination of orange and blue, and you can totally pull off that print, good thing you finally found a suitable pattern :) I wish I would be one of you stylish ladies who lounges around in a dress, looking very put together, but I can't seem to break the pajama pants-habit! :)

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  15. I love this fabric, and it's so perfect for the style of the dress. I like this dress a lot but the pattern doesn't go up to my size...so I'm still thinking of the other dress you posted recently. Decisions!

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    1. Hi Melanie! I love the Cynthia Rowley pattern. I really want to make it again and I have a rayon crepe which would be perfect for it. The problem is finding the time. There are too many things I want to make !

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  16. Love it Sara and I have to repeat what every commenter said - the fabric is perfect for it!!! love the metallic beads !!!
    btw: I think this is a quite glamorous pair of "sweatpants" ;)

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  17. I love your style!!! You always choose the right pattern for your pretty fabrics! Great dress!

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    1. Hey Merche! I love your style too! I haven't seen a post from you for a while.

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  18. Oh wow, this is such a perfect pairing of fabric and pattern, you look so chic! This is the nicest version of the Dolores dress/top I've seen. X

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane! I really appreciate it :)

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  19. Je découvre ta robe grâce à l'article de Zoe et je suis en amour! Elle est vraiment très réussie et semble si confortable. Bon choix de patron pour ce tissu!!
    Quant à tes photos, en temps que bordelaise en exil, je peux te dire qu'elles sont une merveille à admirer!

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