Monday, 4 May 2015
Republique du Chiffon Monique; my stashbuster challenge
Well this is a very different dress to my usual fitted, slightly vintage preferences! I loved Ada's fabulous version and I'm afraid I completely ripped it off! The pattern is Republique du Chiffon's Monique dress.
Although I like the dress with a belt, I think it's pretty cool as a sack-dress too.
Lots of room for cakes and chocolate!
Very comfortable. The fabric has just the right drape, although there were times I was sure it was going to be too light, when made up it seems to have worked.
I cut a size 42" and added 3" to the length. I also raised the neck a little and made the tab sizes smaller, so that my bra straps get covered up!
The fabric and pattern have been sitting on my shelf for almost a year and then I saw that the stashbusting challenge this month was vibrant colour and it seemed like the perfect time. (Though I missed the deadline!) The fabric is Nano Iro double guaze. I bought my fabric from Etsy. Whilst the pattern and colours are great, the fabric does stretch a lot which makes it rather difficult to handle.
Now the difficult thing about this was that the pattern instructions were in French! My French is certainly very basic and so I had to work out how to make the tabs and facing. I'd love to make more of Republique du Chiffon's patterns, they are very cute, but it would be a gamble!
This ended up to be pretty clever, encasing the tabs in the facing and giving a nice neat inside and a very neat edge to the sleeve.
I have no idea where or when I will wear this dress, but I have to say I've ended up liking it rather a lot! Have you made anything recently which is different in colour or style to your usual make?
I've just enjoyed a bank holiday weekend with lots of sewing and walks in the woods which are full of bluebells, primroses and wood anenomes, gorgeous.