Giselle for Frocktober

My second dress finished this month of Frocktober is the Kate and Rose Giselle dress.

I bought the pattern some time ago and spent my time cogitating and ruminating over which fabric to use. I eventually went with this border print which I bought last year some time.

I found the instructions really clear and easy to follow. As I’ve probably mentioned before I’m very much a follower of images and then read the words if it doesn’t make sense, and this pattern didn’t disappoint. The images in the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

I made up a muslin of the bodice first, simply so I could check where the underbust seam lie. As you can see it was just a bit high and so I had to extend the bodice pieces. I extended these by about an inch. To match with this, I took the corresponding amount off the fitted lower bodice pieces. I also found when making up the muslin that I could use a normal 5/8″ seam allowance.

I got quite geeky about the pattern placement. With the shape of the bodice I had to be careful that I didn’t end up with the fabric patterns in odd places, so I took a lot of time and great care to ensure that the back was centred, the front pieces were exactly the same and even the sleeves and ties have the same placement!

I didn’t actually use the pattern pieces or even the measurements for the skirt. I prefer to cut skirts to my fave length (about knee length) and also I wanted to ensure the pattern matched. Just check this out…

As I’ve mentioned above, this fabric is very fine and see through. Consequently I decided to line the dress. I’ve lined mine in a very different way to which my fellow WSBN and TMS editor, Juliet, is lining hers. I knew from the muslin that I’d need to either wear a slip underneath or a cami top, so I decided to use some fine plain cotton to make a lining. The lining is completely self-drafted. The bodice is cut on the bias and the skirt lining is a considerably less full version of the main skirt (very useful for modesty in the Wellington wind!) I then cut the straps and the edging on the bias and made bias binding strips. The straps are attached to the dress using bar tacks and the lining is also attached to the dress at the waist. The lining is also finished using French seams!

The details
Fabric:  Fine cotton border print from Arthur Toye and plain pink cotton lawn from Fabric Warehouse
Changes made:  The top bodice pieces were extended by about 3/4″ to cater for my girlies, the corresponding lower bodice pieces were shortened by the same amount. The skirt pieces were self-drafted to pattern match. The dress is also fully lined with a self-drafted lining.
Recommend?  Oh I feel so girlie in this!! The colours are so happy and cheerful – no black for me!! I feel great in it. I’ve had loads of compliments too! My fabric choice was perfect. It was really hot in Auckland and I was as cool as cucumber in this and even better it gave me a bit of protection from the sun on my arms. It is actually a really quick make as well. Yes, mine took longer because I added a lining, but without that, it’s fast.
For more information, check out the post on my own blog.

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