Autumnal La Sylphide for Spring ;-)

I’ve joined the Papercut fan club…

This, if you hadn’t guessed already, is Papercut’s La Sylphide dress. I didn’t make up a muslin, which I’ve taken to doing recently, but I kinda wish I had. The fit isn’t awful, but it could be better.

The skirt pieces were far too wide for my fabric, so the skirt is not as full as on the pattern. I ended up cutting the skirt pieces less curved so that they didn’t look odd. I also lengthened the skirt, I certainly don’t have the legs for the Papercut length! There’s about 8 inches extra on the length.

The fabric is a quilting cotton, which was originally just going to be a blouse, but somehow the La Sylphide dress pattern just won over. Cutting out the fabric I noticed that it certainly frayed, it was awful with bits of burnt orange cotton everywhere, so I ended up finishing all seams using French seams.

In some ways the fabric was not the best choice, it’s obviously quite thick and stiff and so the neck tie sits a bit proud, but if I tie it well…

A great pattern, it feels fab to wear, and I get loads of compliments wearing it. I’m already contemplating number 2 from some viscose fabric I have. So I think that means I recommend it 😉 And I reckon Jo does too – she was wearing hers the same time as these photos were taken!

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4 thoughts on “Autumnal La Sylphide for Spring ;-)

  1. Love the dress, including the length, Nikki!
    I’ve a dress & pattern with the same fabric width vs. pattern skirt width and had thought trying the same thing.
    Now you’ve shown it’s feasible, I should give mine more thought.

    [Sorry I didn’t congratulate you on your new Baby!
    Blogger & WordPress don’t play well together sometimes. 😦 ]

    del xx


    • Thanks Del. I was a bit apprehensive about the skirt being narrower, but making it less curved at the top helped. Mel did the same with her owl version of the same pattern.
      Thanks as well, I love my new Baby Lock, she’s lovely!

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