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Bleach Boys - Vogue 8742

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Little by little I've been gently nudging myself outside of my comfort zone.  If you were to peek inside my wardrobe you'd find plenty of black, grey and a healthy sprinkle of colour (and probably shoes all over the place).  What you wouldn't see is much pattern.  If you count my recent dotty top then this dress brings the total to five patterned items!


This bleach boys ponti from Tessuti was one of my purchases at the recent meet up.  At the time I wasn't certain what I would make - there were plenty of great suggestions including using it for a jacket, but I had a vague idea that I wanted a dress.  I flicked through all my patterns and came up with Vogue 8742, it had the simple lines I was after but I knew I'd have to eliminate the gathers.  The ponti is quite thick and would be too bulky all gathered up.


This pattern is rated as very easy and it really is.  The princess seams make fitting adjustments really simple.  As well as leaving out the gathers I also omitted the back zipper and scooped out the neck (it was way too high for my comfort).


I didn't read the instructions so I'm not sure how they suggest you finish the neckline but I used some black spotty bias tape (no idea why I bought it but I love it).  I couldn't quite fit the full length sleeves on my fabric so I just cut it where the fabric ended and I quite like the length they ended up at.


I really love the way this dress looks - I think it's very flattering and it wears really well too.

16 comments:

thornberry said...

Robyn, it looks wonderful - excellent marriage of fabric and pattern!

poppykettle said...

ooh I love the spotty bias tape too! I don't think I've ever seen a printed ponti like this before - but I like the effect. You look lovely, and comfy too!

Anonymous said...

Great dress. I have the opposite problem - too much pattern in my wardrobe and not enough plain colours. Blogless Anna

Sew Brunswick said...

Great dress! Perfect combination of fabric and pattern.

Cal said...

It is a lovely print, and it looks lovely on. I think you choose a very appropriate pattern for this print.

katherine h said...

I love this dress! Bring on the prints!

Marie said...

The dress looks lovely. I think you picked the right pattern for such an interesting looking fabric.

Bernice said...

This dress has turned out fabulously. Great fabric/pattern match. Looking forward to seeing the next print.

Rosi said...

The dress looks fabulous on you! I'm the opposite. I buy far too many prints and not enough plain fabric.

Carolyn said...

Wow, what a fantabulous print, I love it! Your dress is so elegant, and I think the sleeves turned out the perfect length.

fabric epiphanies said...

Your dress is lovely. You are tall so prints should be fantastic on you! I must admit to being a little safe as wll with my clothing choices but blogging is definitely helping me step outside my comfort zone which has to be a good thing.

Sharon said...

Fantastic dress and love the spotty bias tape.

Carol said...

I really like this dress. I had ignored it when I saw the pattern picture, but now that I've seen yours I'm adding this pattern to my never ending to-sew queue. Your fabric is perfect and it looks great on you.

Gabrielle said...

Oooh very nice - you've improved on the pattern envelope picture!

I have a similar Tessuti ponte (may be even the same print) but I got stuck trying to decide what sort of garment it would suit... and now I know what would work :-)

Lynneb said...

Such a lovely dress, Robyn! It looks fabulous on you! And the little polka dot surprise? Love it!

Gabrielle said...

The simple lines of this pattern are perfect with this fabric (and on you).