Monday, November 8, 2010

Sewing: Autumn Nest Dress


I always have a running list of things to make, often using fabric or yarn I've purchased a year or so before, and inevitibly things get bumped because I come across something I get excited about doing first. Such as this dress. Which, of course means something I was intending to make this Fall will be postponed another year. Oh well, so it goes... At least I am lucky enough to have three girls I can clothe with the fabric and yarn. I'll get to it all eventually!


Audrey is short on dresses to wear to church this Fall and Winter so I wanted to make a few quick ones before diving into some more consuming kniting projects. This Burda pattern (9595) seemed like the perfect thing. It's got such simple, classic lines and lends itself easily to all sorts of variations. For instance, I chose to (predictably) use covered buttons, add piping (again, not a surprise) instead of ribbon, and use a contrast fabric on the inside of the sleeves. 

It was my first time sewing with a Burda pattern and it went just fine! I remember my mother warning me about them years ago. Of course that was before they issued some with seam allowances included, such as this one.


The sleeves are my favorite thing about this dress. I love the angle on the long cuffs, and the buttons. I also love that the bodice dips a bit in front and back. Difficult to see in these photos but it makes the dress hang so nicely.

 

The fabric is Nest Corduroy by Valori Wells (Free Spirit) in the Autumn color. It is the softest finewhale corduroy I think I've ever felt!  Isn't an Autumn Nest dress just perfect for this time of year?

13 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Absolutely, the cord is gorgeous and the blue is unexpected and perfect.

dana said...

Beautiful. Love the piping. And great photos too.

The Cottage Mama said...

LOVE it - awesome job!

luvinthemommyhood said...

Awwww, so pretty my dear! Love it! That corduroy looks gorgeous!!!

Tonya said...

Gorgeous! Great job!

herlittlefeet said...

Love it!!

Elizabeth said...

Love this dress! I have this fabric and was struggling to figure out what to do with it - now I know. Is the solid blue skirt attached to the dress?

@jenhalloran said...

Simply amazing! My favorite part is the cuffs -- love the back view w/Audrey's darling haircut, too.

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

this is sooooooooo cute!! If you have a chance come link up next week at Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesdays! www.ladybug-blessings.com

Whimsical Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

FineArtPainting said...

Ny goodness. 10/10. The style/design of this dress is just a perfect match to the fabric and the colors. A truly designer item. Gorgeous.

OK. I am inspired to invite you to come link up with us, but ... there's not tutorial in it, so I won't...

but next time you have something as cute as this WITH your tutorial posted, be sure to link it up with us so our readers can love you too: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-craft-tutorial-linky-party-20/

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We look forward to showing your work.

Smiles,
Have a happy day!
Rose

Hanna said...

WOW! Everything you make is gorgeous invluding this dress. I hope you have an Etsy shop or a website cause you should totally be selling this stuff. I am your newest follower:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

Kara said...

Your daughter kills me with cuteness. And that dress! Again a masterpiece.

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