It’s UFrOcktober

Parrot Elisalex_14

I decided to take advantage of Frocktober to get a few things out of my UFO pile and into my wardrobe. I was a bit distracted at the beginning of the month, as I had a coat to finish and was approaching that with the kind of single minded determination I can only describe as… unusual for me.

Anyway, I have now managed to get into my UFO pile and first up is this parrot-covered Elisalex. I had wanted to make a bird-print Elisalex for the longest time and I finally had all of my raw materials in place and was ready to go. So I set to making the long-anticipated dress, completed everything but zip and hem and then decided to make a Robson instead. So it has only been unfinished for a few weeks. But it is definitely a frock.

I didn’t make many changes to the pattern. I lopped a few inches off the bottom and off the sleeves (By Hand London patterns seem to be on the loooong side!) and I put in a 22″ invisible zip instead of the top to bottom exposed zip recommended in the instructions. I frenched the seams, so to speak and hand finished the hem.

I am hoping I will get a couple more UFOs finished before the month is out. I’ve decided I quite like returning to the scene, as all of that boring tracing and cutting business has already been done!

For more pictures and some vaguely sewing related ramblings please pop on over to Is It Fitting. I’d love to see you there.

29 thoughts on “It’s UFrOcktober

  1. That fabric is amazing, I didn’t even realise it was parrots until I read your text and then had a second look! 🙂 I’ve used Frocktober to finish off some languishing UFOs too, now it the weather would only cooperate so I can get some pretty outdoor photos! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Mel. I have a couple more finished UFOs (FOs now, I guess) to get snapped, too! Of course, as I just wanted to get UFOs out of the way there was no thought as to whether they were in the slightest bit seasonal…

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    • Thank you – though I wish I’d thought a bit more about pattern placement before I started (I lined up on the vertical and forgot about the waistline – but that’s all part of the learning process, I guess!)

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  2. Ooooo…I love this dress! I’m a sucker for Elisalex’s-just not daring enough to take the plunge and try it yet. It looks amazing on you-the fit is perfect, and what a fun print. Love!

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  3. The dress looks fantastic. I have been curious about sewing this pattern. It is easy to get distracted on other projects( your coat is great by the way). I have a ufo dress that I am trying to finish before the end of October. The monthly stitch is a great motivator.

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    • Thank you! I was not sure about this pattern when I first saw it, but one day came across a post on Closet Case Files which persuaded me that it worked on many different body shapes, so decided to give to a go and now I love it. I agree that the Monthly Stitch is great for making you get things done… I’m excited that next month’s challenge is finally going to make me use my sewing books instead of just drooling over the pretty pictures!

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    • Thank you – I think I have enough fabric left to make a vest/tank top (depending on where you are in the world), which will probably be a more everyday use of this print!

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    • Hi Shelley. It is a (quite exaggerated) tulip skirt – I might have taken a bit of the fullness out of the sides, actually – (I can’t remember as it is a while since I cut it out).
      I was a bit wary of invisible zips until I watched a youtube tutorial on putting them in (with a regular zipper foot) and now I find them easier than regular zips. I do always hand baste them first, though, especially if there is a waistline seam to match, otherwise I find that they can slip a bit out of place.

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    • You’re very kind. You really should try this pattern – it goes together really easily (but don’t tell anyone, because it looks like it would be much trickier to make, so that’s just between us!)

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  4. Congrats on finishing a UFO. Your title made me laugh – UFrOcktober! 🙂 The dress looks like a great fit for you. I didn’t notice it was parrots until I read through the post. I had to go back and double check the picture because it looked like floral at first glance. I like that kind of subtle whimsy in a fabric.

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