Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Doe-printed Sureau

Hello, new favorite dress!

I've had this silk with tiny does and polka dots printed on it for a very long while, but boy, it was worth the wait!
This is without a doubt my favorite Sureau out of three I sewed (actually four, if you count the one I made before the sew-along) and I see myself wearing it for a long time.

A few details on the alterations I made to the dress:

 The fit: here you can see how I altered the pattern to fit my bust.
For this dress in particular, I rotated the bust dart into the gathering portion. This created a LOT of bust gathering, which is my only regret about this dress. I much prefer the look of the side dart with less bust gathers.
I also lowered the gathers about 3cms, there was too much fullness above my breasts and it wasn't flattering. Maybe my bust is a little lower than average? Working so much on fit can make you really paranoid about yourself really easily...

✄ Alterations: I added a small peter pan collar using Eléonore's tutorial. The dress is fully lined (tutorial here). I added some elastic to the sleeves (using the hem as casing) because they were a bit too loose for my taste.

✄ Final thoughts: as I said, I love this dress so much. One of my favorite details are the sheer sleeves.
This dress also makes me feel like I totally conveyed ME and my style into something I created and it's an awesome feeling. If you sew your own clothes, you know what I'm talking about.

On another note, and I hope I don't sound narcissistic, but I missed taking photos of a finished garment SO much after a month of sew-along, the whole the process from getting dolled-up to editing the photos.

I went shooting in my favorite place, the "entrance" of the forest-y area behind my parents' house (which you have already seen here, here, here and in many more posts) and there was this amazing light, very crisp and ethereal at the same time. I wish it was always like that!

36 comments:

  1. Miss Crayola CreepyDecember 4, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    It turned out so beautiful!!! You should be proud!


    Now that the sew along is done, what's your next sewing project?

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  2. i love the print of your dress, color and all :-D

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  3. I was impatient to see this dress and once again I'm not disappointed :D . This fabric is to die for, and I love how the lining gives structure to the dress, leaving the sleeves sheer ! (and this color really suits you well)

    And don't worry about yourself :) , you are a really beautiful girl and you should be proud ! (I tend to lower bust darts too, when you have small shoulders / underbust and a large bust it's totally normal :) )

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  4. Thank you so much for doing this sew-along! I really wanted to participate but a bunch of Christmas projects sneaked up on me! I will hopefully be able to delve in after the holidays. You look great and so does your dress :)

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  5. I love your dress and the fabric is gorgeous :)

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  6. It's amazing. I really love it. Although I think that fabric makes it extra special.

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  7. love the dress.. and you look adorable in these pictures

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  8. asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.ukDecember 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    This dress is beautiful Anna, as are you!!!

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  9. i adore your dress! so chic and whimsical at the same time. i need this pattern!

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  10. So pretty! Eleonore must be chuffed you made it in a doe print - how meta. These and your Darling Ranges dresses make me want to make a load of cosy, wearable dresses too...

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  11. Maider from Masustak EguzkitanDecember 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Wow! It´s adorable! I love your fabric!!!!! The peter pan collar is an alteration,that I will sew in my next Sureau, cute sooooo cute!

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  12. Aaaaaaaaaaah it's so beautiful, you're so beautiful; this is amazing! I have nothing constructive to say as I'm too busy in awe about everything here. Also, this colour on you = perfect.

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  13. what a beautiful dress! I'm so glad the sew along turned out well!

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  14. This is so perfect! I LOVE it! Great job, dear!

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  15. Awww that's so sweet! I'm blushing :)

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  16. Thank you, Maider, can't wait to see your collared version :)

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  17. Oh yes, she loved it! We actually have a very similar taste :)
    This pattern and the Darling Ranges are really my holy grail. I hope to see your take on them some day :D

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  18. Thanks, Kelli! I totally agree, this fabric is the cutest material I've ever worked with.

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  19. Thanks, Emily! You have plenty of time to catch up, the posts are staying right here!

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  20. Thank you so much, dear! And I promise I'm replying to your email soon :(

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  21. Thanks, Erin!
    I have a list a mile long, I really don't know where to start!

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  22. Gah! My jaw literally dropped when I saw this, it's soooo gorgeous!! And you are absolutely breath-taking!

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  23. Anna! This dress is so beautiful and flattering on you! I love the front ruching, the fabric... everything! And your photos are, as always, beautiful. I know that light - it's so illusive but when it hits, it's so magical!

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  24. When you did the FBA for this dress did you lengthen the button band as well? Perhaps the drooping in the front is caused by not lengthening the button band the same amount as the front bodice? I love the print of this dress - I am beginning my first Sureau this weekend and I also have to make a FBA :(

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  25. I didn't, and I think you're right I should have. I think between that and the excessive amount of gathers, that's what causing that effect. Definitely try and lengthen yours, and good luck with your dress!

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  26. I love this dress!!! What an amazing job you did! I love it so much i really really want it...Are you willing to sell it???

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  27. I'm sorry, no, it's probably my favorite garment I've ever made. Thank you very much, though :)

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  28. That dress is so adorable! I quite like the pattern, I might have to buy it. For me the fabric really makes it, I love blue and white prints :)

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