Happy New Year, fellow Stitchers!
As luck would have it, my first project of 2015 was always going to be a new denim dress – perfect for those late winter blustery days. So here I am to prove that Denim Never Dies! In a frugal mood after the excesses of Christmas, I decided to pair one of my favourite patterns of last year, the Robe Sureau from Deer & Doe, with some left-over fabric, a gorgeous denim-linen mix.
I made a small modification to the pattern by cutting a size 40 for the bodice and grading out to a size 42 at the waist. The fit is perfect across the bust and the waist, but in the photos the cut of the pattern looks a little too big. I did encounter a minor problem with the neckline – it does tend to gape a little. I found the same on my first Sureau, and have read a few blogs mentioning the same issue. I also feel that the sleeves are a little too wide for me.
Lucky old me received an overlocker for Christmas, so this dress was my first opportunity to try it out. Fearful of a rogue blade attack, I overlocked all of the pieces before I assembled. It worked a treat and meant that I didn’t need to stay-stitch the neckline. Now I’ve given it a go, I am hooked! The dress looks so professional on the inside.
Overall, I am pleased with the finished dress. The denim linen mix is a dream to sew with and wear. I’m sure I’ll get lots of wear out of it in the coming months.
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