Friday, December 12, 2014

I Made a Raglan Sleeve Sweater Dress Too!

New Look 6298


...That's what I thought when I saw Morgan's gorgeous dress yesterday.
Her fabric is much more interesting than the one I used, but mine was perfect for the look I was going for: I had tried on a dress at COS that I really liked. I had a similar fabric, a wool blend double knit, and a pattern at home that seemed appropriate, so I knew what my next project would be. Well, it's not the same fabric of course (I so wish I could get my hands on some of COS' fabrics!), and the shape of the dress in the shop was actually quite different than this : looser, boxier, but still, the overall feel is similar to me.

New Look 6298

These pictures are an experiment. I don't want to be standing out in the cold in anything less than a coat, and all of our walls at home are covered in books and nick-nacks which would be very distracting. So I tried standing in front of/on a sheet. Looks a bit like I'm floating in space, doesn't it? Or even like a cut-out. So I'm thinking it would be better to have the sheet only as a backdrop, but have the floor show under my feet. Also, the lighting needs to be improved.
Anyway, getting back to the dress, the pattern is New Look 6298. I skipped the pockets. I love a dress with pockets but those particular ones, I wasn't sure of. I went down a size and I think it's just right that way. No fitting alterations other than adding length, and I'm really glad it fits so well over my square shoulders right out of the enveloppe. I'm sure the shoulder dart helps:



 I did have a bit of a problem with the neckline, but that was due to my fabric not having enough stretch. I had to make the band longer than the pattern piece and then, once sewn in, it wouldn't lay flat, so I ended up folding it under halfway and slipstitching in place so all that's left is a thin binding. This resulted in a slightly lowered neckline.



The nice thing about taking pictures inside is my kitty can participate. She kept attacking the sheet, trying to claw her way through it. She's the best sewing companion though, always inspecting my work, and her fur is the softest silk velvet you can imagine.





14 comments:

  1. Love the silhouette, love the fabric, the neckline and the kitty. Tough taking pictures with the cold - I have to turn my house upside down: take down art from walls, move furniture… hate it

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    1. Thanks Sasha. It's not even officially winter and I'm already looking forward to spring!

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  2. I think the thin binding is very elegant! I would wear the heck out of this piece.

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  3. I love your pictures! They look as if you were somewhere in Space...
    I was looking at COS website just tonight. Your version of one of their dresses is quite impressive!
    Bravo!!

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    1. Thanks Chloeti! I have a bit of a COS obsession.

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  4. Love it - kitty, floating in space & the dress, very nice ;)

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  5. Lovely. And so nice to see the kitty. Mine is also the best but often also worst sewing companion. So satisfying to make ones own rtw version....

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    1. Thank you Sarah! My kitty really is very interested in sewing. She often sits and watches.

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  6. Your dress is so elegant and cozy! you always make the nicest things!!

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  7. I love the simplicity of the garments you make. This dres is lovely!

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