Monday, January 25, 2010

A Shirtwaist Dress for Bella


Thoughts on the shirtwaist:
• Yes, I am obsessed at the moment.
• If you choose the correct shoulder size, the bust can make do with extra ease, the waist can be taken in with the sash, and the hips are free anyway. So it's not too hard to fit.
• A little piping goes a long way.
• I finally understand lapel collars on a truly profound level. I'll share a tutorial when I get to Clara's dress.


Thoughts on the fabric:
• No matter how cute the dots are, Hobby Lobby cottons just aren't worth messing with. Sleaze! Flaws!
• Boy, those dots are cute. Love the orange, Bella's signature color.


McCall's 4769, again.

21 comments:

Jennifer said...

Beauty in the details - snazzy boots and that piping is divine. How much this dress shows love...

Rose said...

Lovely line to the dress! I look forward to the tutorial, reading through your archives about your return to sewing when the girls were small gives me hope.

Hana said...

She looks lovely in the dress, and the dress looks lovely on her. The dots are cute indeed! And piping! I love piping.
I'm looking forward to your tips about lapel collars. As a novice, I'd be delighted to read tips from such an experienced seamstress like you.

Sage said...

This lovely dress is just my style! I love everything about it!

I'm just getting back into sewing after a long break and I'm a bit rusty, so I look forward to your tutorial.

jodi said...

This may be my favorite of all your dress pictures. Love the piping and the look on Bella.

Rain said...

It's stunning! I simply love it. I look forward to your tutorial too.
I always appreciate anything you have to share about sewing. I've just gotten my feet wet, but am still a very timid sewer.

Mac an Rothaich said...

Oh, love that dress, style, pattern, WHAT FUN!

chinaorbust2004 said...

Beautiful dress on a beautiful girl! I love to see young ladies dressed in a classy way.
Amy

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lovely daughter, lovely dress!

I love girls looking feminine and enjoying it!

I too am looking forward to your tutorial!

Miss Mary said...

I am eager to see your tutorial on collars. I love to see that you do the same pattern many times. It must help with the learning curve. They all look so very different, and makes me think about what patterns I should make over and over.

If possible, could you show us how you store your patterns - especially the ones you use over and over?

Lisateresa said...

I, too, look forward to the tutorial! I may have done one collar in my sewing life. :)

Kimmie said...

Lovely. Love the colors and pattern.

My she looks grown-up in these pictures.

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Mrs Grackle said...

Ooo, I have this pattern! This inspires me to make it up soon -- and with piping!

Holly said...

Bella is ROCKIN' those boots! She looks terrific!

Anonymous said...

With the boots?! Breathtaking!

Tiffany said...

Aww, so sweet! I LOVE it!!

Shannon said...

I love these dresses. I have been totally daydreaming about making some for myself - once my waist returns to me (it's coming!) so that a shirtWAIST dress actually looks cute! Your girls are growing up into lovely-looking young ladies!

Anonymous said...

I'm liking the model pose with the orange sweater!

Carol

Good Thunder said...

YAY! Lapel collar tutorial! Thank you so much!

Rose

rae said...

great pattern! I've been really wanting a dress like this.

Eleece said...

I just finished putting this pattern together and the collar is the only thing that doesn't look "quite right". Anxious to learn how to do it correctly. LOVE your blog!

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