Here it is! My entry for the Simplicity Star Sewist contest. Although I am pretty new to blogging I was excited to see a sewing contest just for bloggers so I wrote off for the pattern.
I decided to enter the Best Dressmaking category and soon New Look 6145 arrived in the post. It is a simple shift dress which leaves you with lots of options to customize and embellish.
The first thing I did was adjust the pattern for fit. I usually need to make a short back adjustment, so I took the back up a little and increased the side bust dart in the front to keep the side length the same on both front and back pieces. That done, I decided to make a few changes to the design.
Instead of the vent in the back I put in a box pleat instead. I also changed the collar, drafting a two piece pointed version. I then embellished the front of the dress with embroidery and raised appliqué. Finally, instead of using facings on the dress I decided to line the dress with a light cotton.
The dress is made in a cream cotton/linen blend and lined with a light white cotton.
The lining was done with a great technique I learned last year where you draw the armhole lining and dress first out the front hem, sewing from under arm seam to shoulder seam, and then repeat pulling the lining and dress out the back hem. This results in a lovely finish with no raw edges anywhere. Everything is contained within the lining.
The embellishment on the front of the dress is done with two different techniques. The flower centre, petals and thin leaves are embroidered in satin stitch, Romanian stitch and double knot stitch. Then the larger leaves were appliquéd onto the front, slit in the back and filled with wadding to create a raised surface.
The small box pleat at the back is created with a scrap of vintage fabric that a friend gave me while sorting out her stash in order to move house! It is a lovely loose weave cotton with a spring-like print.
So there it is! Fully lined, embellished shift dress which I plan to wear this weekend on a vintage hunting trip down to Brighton!