A susurration of La Sylphides

Not quite a susurration, more like a flutter, but I liked the alliteration this gave!

This pattern is turning into another fave. I’m not particularly quick at making it up, but that’s not really an issue. This is Papercut La Sylphide and these are actually my third and fourth versions. One and two are here.

frontI made the dress up first and then cut the blouse. The fabric for the dress I got from Spotlight one day on a whim when I got annoyed with one of the staff! Yeah I know, but the member of staff didn’t believe me that sewing machine bulbs do actually blow! I digress… It’s a fine loosely woven rayon and boy did that hem drop! But how could I resist this?

fabric1 As for the fabric for the blouse, The Fabric Store had a VIP night the middle of May and this called out to me. I actually bought this instead of the Liberty prints which were there! For a crepe this was was really nice to sew, even if it did fray everywhere!

fabric 2The second time I made up this pattern I did a small FBA, so I have a tiny bust dart as well as the waist darts. I did this with these versions too. My first and second versions I also graded out to a large at the waist from a medium elsewhere. I didn’t need to this time. They were both perfectly big enough as a medium. Either I’ve lost weight or I stretched the fabric!

side 2The rayon wasn’t wide enough when cutting the skirt, so I decided to piece the corners. By the time the skirt had hung for a couple of days, I practically cut that pieced corner off! It’s a good job I didn’t spend hours trying to pattern match it, I’d have been very annoyed!

backTo hem the dress I was given this great tip from Jenna, she suggested running a gathering thread around the hem to make it easier to hem the curved circle hem. It works really well. As for the hem on the blouse, I decided I didn’t want to turn it up much and so used hug snug to hem it.

back 2For the dress I made the bodice up, then the skirt and attached the lot. I had to take in the waist by about four inches when I first tried it on. For the blouse, I attached the flounce to the front and back before sewing up the side seams. That was a much better way to fit.

sideThe dress I thought I’d try some #sewingwithhammers šŸ™‚ and added poppers, whereas the blouse I bought these matt black buttons. I originally thought to use bright pink thread for top stitching and pink buttons, but hey, I think the black is better.

fasteningsThe details
Fabric:Ā  Dress – rayon from Spotlight, May 2016; blouse – poly crepe from The Fabric Store, May 2016
Notions:Ā  Thread, interfacing, snap fastners for the dress and buttons for the blouse
Pattern:Ā  Papercut La Sylphide, dress and blouse variation
Changes made:Ā  A very small FBA
First worn:Ā  Photos here out in Tawa, Wellington. The blouse has been worn for work already though! It’s worn here with my Lindy petal skirt I made last June for IPM.

front 2Another one/recommendations:Ā  I would have thought the fact that I’ve made this pattern up four times now is a good enough recommendation šŸ™‚ It is a great pattern, the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I really love the paper the pattern is made from and the packaging is a tough card box shape. I thought initially that the blouse peplum would make my hips look enormous, but I don’t think it does and it makes me feel good when I wear it! It’s not the fastest make ever. Attaching the tie collar can take time to make sure it’s neat and tidy, but it’s definitely worth taking that time. Have I convinced you?

bow frontWhat’s that you say? Oh, you wanna see some outtakes? šŸ™‚

outtakesOh and look, that’s two versions of the same pattern that would mean I can enter another contest on The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month šŸ™‚

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