This week we kept the grandkids for a few days while their folks had a little “get-away”, so I knew that no serious sewing was going to get done. However, during nap times and in the evenings I took the opportunity to finish up the end embroidery on an unfinished project. Once the embroidery was finished and buttons covered, I could hem the dress and do buttonholes and sew the buttons on the dress and jacket. I was able to do that after they were gone. It didn’t take long at all. I’m so glad to have this finished and will try it on our oldest granddaughter this week. Hopefully it will be a good fit.
The dress and jacket are a Gail Doane project from a summer sewing retreat. So, it hasn’t been sitting unfinished for too long (unlike some other projects)!
The dress is a nice weight cotton print with accents in featherwale corduroy – a great combination for fall/winter weather.
The dress bodice has a cute pleated treatment, but even in the close up picture, it doesn’t show up well. I like the pleated treatment, but don’t think that I’d bother doing it again on a dress where it doesn’t show up at all. If I put the effort into details, I do like them to be seen! LOL! I can think of many other ways to use this same treatment to add interest to other projects, so was glad to have tried it. The scalloped waistband adds such nice contrast to the dress and I really like the soft pleats in the skirt – just a little different from the usual gathers.
What you don’t see well is a pleated strip of fabric on both sides that are covered with a strip of narrow fabric. Cute idea, right?
I’m including a picture of the dress back only because I wanted to show how a well drafted collar should look. I continue to see so many new (mostly PDF) designers that have oddly drafted collars that rarely meet up in the back. A well drafted collar should sit well on the dress – not flat like a dinner plate, and should meet in both the center front as well as the center back.
What excited me most about this project was the jacket. I had seen a similar jacket on Pinterest and fell in love with it. Leave it to Gail to draft such a cute jacket with scallops down the front and then add her signature embroidered buttons as well as lots of contrast piping to put it over the top. Featherwale corduroy is perfect for our mild winters in the south, so I expect this will get a lot of wear.
The back is equally as cute as the front!
With this project finished, I’ve pulled out yet another UFO dress and jacket for spring. It has more work than this one did to finish it up, so we’ll see how quickly that will get done!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a class from Gail, you should put that on your wish list. She teaches regularly around the country. Her patterns are so well done and she is an excellent teacher. I think anyone would enjoy a class with her!
I hope you will enjoy some sweet stitching time this week as well.