I’m always excited and wary when I test a new pattern for a new pattern designer. Excited to make up their style. Wary to keep the design as intended and still look amazing (you know what I mean). Pauline’s brief to me was to make up the pattern as I would wear it. So I decided to make up the dress and then skirt. I’ll post up the skirt review next.
Have a look at the pattern testers so far #amazing dress.
When I went to see Sylvia at Pitt Trading, she agreed that I should make up the dress and skirt. Sylvia has a wealth of knowledge and she’s very patient when you’re putting together fabrics and notions for your specific project.
Sylvia is also very grounded too so you will leave knowing the fabric and notion choices you’ve made will work and look good. The rest of the work is all your doing:)
Back at the sewing room:
I made my usual adjustments – roll shoulders; sway back; measured the width against mine (reality ‘gulp’ time).
The skirt length – I decided to ‘just see’ how the ruffle would work for me and used gingham on the test dress.
Granted I don’t wear gingham as a first choice but I used it to practice the piping and practice matching lines across each pattern piece. Practice makes perfect when you’re not sleepy or you’re not hungry and not distracted with housework.
Gelatin and chiffon:
This chiffon from Pitt Trading is soft and flowy and that’s why I chose it for this dress. I wanted the skirt ruffle to flow and not stick out. But soft fabrics are harder to control that quilting cotton, so I used Lena’s gelatin method. Her gelatin method is also found on Threads.
There was a bit of colour in the water once I treated the fabric but by the time the fabric dried it was firm – yay – and the print was ok – yay hey! I’ve since washed this fabric twice and the print is still as vibrant as I bought it off the roll.
Is the piping worth doing?
Here’s how the piping worked out on the test dress.
Here’s how it worked out on the real dress.
I’ll let you come to your own conclusion. I love both dress versions and not just because of the work I put into it.
The bodice is a flattering style and the princess lines are easy to adjust for a fuller figure or when you’re ‘shrinking’. Just ask Karen Ball of Did you make that? about the advantages of manipulating princess lines.
Test dress results:
There was gaping front and back at the panel/armhole area. So I removed 5cm from the front panel and 3cm from the back panel and redrew the panel curves for proper coverage.
The belt or my waist seemed too thick so I slimmed back the belt width by 1.5cm. That’s not much in the grand scheme of things but I’m short so I have to get the proportions right on all my makes. That’s just a given for my shape and size.
Ruffle or no ruffle:
The ruffle gives this dress and skirt a softer look. Gosh it’s lovely in soft fabric.
I love how this chiffon from Pitt Trading keeps this dress looking feminine.
By the way, I’ve added lining behind the ruffle because chiffon is sheer. I’ve used the ruffle pattern and shortened it by 3cm and simple overlocked the lining.
Thank you Pauline for asking me to test this pattern.
A big thank you to Pitt Trading (Julia and Sylvia) for enabling me to test Pauline’s pattern in the fabrics that it was designed for.
If you’re in Sydney, make sure you go by Pitt Trading’s stand and say hi to Julia and Sylvia at the Craft fair on this week. It finishes on Sunday.
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Pauline has created an ongoing collection of feminine sewing patterns… with a touch of retro.
Camí comes from Camí Real, the name of a neighborhood and means a path.