Saturday, 12 January 2019

Lois Dress






Well that's another dress knocked off the bucket list.  This time the Lois dress from Tessuti Fabrics.

I had long admired all the Lois dresses I had seen, some in linen, some in silk or rayon.  Mine is made from a soft cotton I bought from Draper's Fabrics.

On the whole the dress was as an easy make, Tessuti patterns have clear written and photographic instructions. I made a size 8 and cut the hem length only for size 12 to make it a little longer.

The only really challenging part was inserting the invisible zipper into the dart and side seam.  I know that mine isn't perfect, and some of that could be because I don't have an invisible zipper foot for my machine.  However I can live with a little imperfection.  I had hoped I could get away with the dress not needing a zip, a lot of other makers had said the dress sized up larger and they could get it over their heads without one - no such luck for me.

I knew it had a low cut neckline, I have yet to decide whether to stitch it up a little or just make sure I wear my low cut push up bra for maximum impact with it.  Obviously if I stitch it up a little, it is more work suitable.

I didn't put the bands on the sleeves - the downside of using a directional print became rather obvious with the bias cut bands, I simply made a bias binding and bound them as I did on the Eva dress,

Overall, I'm pleased with the look and fit of the dress, I'm not sure if I would make this pattern again, however maybe that's just the fear of zips putting me off though.  I am loving wearing dresses at present,  in this lovely summer weather we are experiencing.





8 comments:

  1. The dress looks fantastic Julie, maybe you could put a bit of lace into the neckline?

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  2. I love it...you did a great job! And your garden looks lovely too ♥

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  3. The dress is delightful Julie! You are certainly developing a tan! Time spent in the garden, I guess!? Maybe a little lacy camisole under it would make it more 'work-ready'?

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  4. It's a really lovely dress; oh, how nice it must feel in a thin dress, comparing to all the layers I have on right now! LOL
    xx

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  5. And admiring your Canna flowers!
    xx

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  6. Fabulous dress and yes, your Canna are lovely in the background.

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  7. Gorgeous dress Julie - it looks great on you!

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