Saturday, October 20, 2012

The "60's vixen" Peony



Inspiration: For the hair and make up I went 60's. I love playing with my hair and make up and my personal style so I keep trying different looks depending on my mood of the day.

Fabric: 2,5 m Viscose from Goldhalk road 

Size and alterations: Fit is not easily achieved on this pattern and on my previous post I explained what I did to fix it. It does look ok but personally It is not the most flattening shape for me. I really not into boatneck as I got a small neck and large bust so I feel the proportion doesn't work well. I also prefer the skirt to 'pencil in' instead of flare... my hourglass shape get lost If I don't add a belt, unfortunately the one I choose was too big to do the job. The sleeves are baggy on the biceps and I'm worried if I made it smaller I couldn't hug anyone. I added a contrasting facing on the sleeves. Here is my darts almost forming a princess seam. 


Pattern: The quarrelsome Colette Peony
Level:
In terms of sewing it is true to the denomination however because it  needs for too many alterations for many sewists that tried, I would classify this as slightly difficult.

Year: Modern with vintage feel.


Details and Notions: I used a ribbon and button instead of hook and eye and 24' invisible zipper. Adding my label. I don't like them much and during the textile exhibition I went this week I got a supplier and beautiful samples so I hope to choose a better one.


Pattern skill: Invisible zipper and pin tucks near the hemline in contrasting red thread. Thanks to Scruffbadger. She tease me with the idea on the Bath meet up.
Time to complete: 4 hours  

First worn: Today, a very grey and cloudy english autumn day.


Will you make it again? Unsure.

What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern: don't like patterns gathers on my stomach area so they became darts. 

Total cost: £20

Photo shoot camera: Olympus D 475+ Gorilla tripod. 

♫: O Rappa


Lots of love,

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress, gorgeous styling and fabulous photos darling!!!

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  2. I can see I is a tricky shape to fit but you look so glamourous on your photo shoot and I love the print with that style

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  3. Whilst you yourself see unsure of the final outcome, I think it looks really pretty on you!

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  4. I love the dress and I think you look gorgeous in it. It's a shame you are unsure about it - though all the work you had to put in to the fit paid off, it probably didn't help to make you feel good towards the dress.

    If it was me I would definitely feel a little grumpy towards the dress that I had to work so hard! Still, I hope you do wear it as I'm sure you'll get a lot of compliments x

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  5. Fabulous photos. Love the fabric. Nice details - like the contrast on the sleeve and the pin tucks. I agree about gathers at the waist, so much better with darts. I think we are spoiled by knit fabrics and forget how much ease we need to work with wovens - that is my way of saying the sleeves are probably perfect even though you think they are baggy. Think how perfect this could be with a scoop neck. Great work!

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  6. This is lovely and very mod. I think this shape looks very good on you.

    I had a lot of difficulty fitting the peony as well. It sounds like the fitting issue you're having with the sleeves might be solved by raising the bottom of the armscye and reducing the length of the sleeve head. I had to do the same thing on my peony. Apparently it's common for commercially made patters to need this kind of adjustment to the sleeve. Making the scye and sleeve fit more closely actually increases your range of motion.

    I used these articles from Threads. The first one has a lot of stuff that isn't relevant so you'll need to scroll down before you get to the armscye stuff.

    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4483/to-get-the-right-armhole-fit-the-bodice/page/all

    https://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/5052/on-fitting-sleeves/page/all

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    1. Oh Dana, thank you I will use as reference for next project ...

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  7. lovely outfit and love the styling too.

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  8. Sorry you had so much trouble with the dress.But, it is beautiful and looks great on you. Happy sewing.

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  9. Looking fab as usual. I admire u for being patient enough to work on the fitting issues. I personally think the boat neck looks great and classy on u but I've made enough "non flattering" dresses to know its not just about looks but also how u feel in the dress so I understand when u say u don't like the boat neck even though I think u look hot in it :)
    The fabric is gorgeous.
    Can't wait to see what u make next!

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  10. Beautiful! I love that one of your major concerns in a dress is that you are able to hug people <3

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  11. Beautiful, Rachel. I am not a fan of the boat neck, either. But it looks very nice and those fall photos.... YUM.

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  12. I think it looks great on you. I have read many reviews relating to fitting issues with this pattern. That is a shame because it is a great look. Your fabric is beautiful.

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  13. It's very pretty! Have you thought of making the cummerbund in red? That would be fab! I'm sorry you had fitting issues, but it does look great :)

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  14. Nice work powering through the alterations on this! Love the small details like the button and the pleats :D

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  15. I've just started looking at the Peony pieces and I'll be making similar adjustments to yours. I'm not a fan of gathers at my waist either and the bust darts are definitely going to move to 'a new location'.
    Love your version and how you've styled it too. The 60's are a favourite of mine.

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  16. I love your fabric! You do go for such cool colours and patterns. Great shots too!

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  17. Love the pin tucks!!!!! But you're right that they would show up more in plain or lighter fabric. This dress is still very flattering...I am still so sorely tempted every time I see it, but I guess there are other patterns out there that probably do the same job and I bet there's something I've already got in my pattern stash. The fabric is beautiful Rachel....I think the dress looks fabulous.

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  18. It is BEAUTIFUL! Try to forget all the trials of making it and embrace it - you look a million dollars in it :)

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  19. Well, hugs to you for making such a gorgeous dress. You look very stylish wearing it. As sewists, I think that we are our own biggest critics.

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  20. I think it looks great on you. But I know how that goes - you see all the little things that bother you, which no one else can see!

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  21. Gorgeous!! I love your style... and I think the dress is beautiful!!

    Louise

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  22. This looks so gorgeous on you! Great job, girl! I'm glad you stuck with the project and made all the necessary alterations-- this dress is a real keeper!

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  23. I know you're not sure about this dress, but I think it looks really lovely on you Rachel! I hope you get to wear it loads this autumn/winter ;o)

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  24. love the end result even if you aren't that happy - the print is beautiful! i like the idea of turning the gathers into darts - i might hva eot steal that idea for my final version!

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  25. This was styled beautifully! Excellent job. The print is soo pretty too!

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  26. It looks soooo good! I love all the little details!

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  27. I too had troubles beyond measure fitting this bodice - but yours turned out great & the fit looks just right! Way to go!! ^_^

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  28. It's too bad you had so much trouble with this pattern. I think the outcome looks fantastic!! Perfect for fall :)

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  29. Eeee - this is such a classic looking dress, and you look gorgeous in in!

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  30. I also had to adjut the pattern extensively. I posted about it on Sarah's blog http://rhinestonesandtelephones.blogspot.it/2012/10/guest-post-sewing-princess-peony.html.
    I was wondering if you also had an issue with wrinkles at the back (http://flic.kr/p/dnhdGp) though the bodice is not thing at all on me...I realized about the wrinkles while I was doing the photo shoot.
    I think your dress looks great on you...I actually think it flatters your figure. As for the baggy sleeves you could reduce the width starting from the armhole to the elbow area

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  31. I think you look great and the dress is nice, all though I agree that it doesn't really show your hourglass shape. But the photo-shoot is amazing! Great job!

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  32. Gorgeous, the colors look divine on you!
    I'm really impressed, you did such a great job with the fit!

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  33. You've styled this perfectly! I love the colors in the fabric - I think the contrast thread was such a great idea. It turned out very well, and bravo to you for not giving up on the fitting issues!! I think the long sleeves were very smart with all of the weather changes happening :)

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