Monday, October 19, 2009

In the meantime I made this ...

I've been agonising over my Chanel jacket and still have not decided on the pattern, the lining or the trim. So I made this dress instead. It's Butterick 5277. I bought it for View C with the collar because it has a nice retro feel to it, but for a quick fix I made this version of View A.

It's a quilting cotton, lined with plain brown cotton poplin, because it's way too hot here for any other kind of lining plus I don't like the feel of silk on my skin. I muslined it first and used the tweaked muslin as the lining. It's a 10 going to a 12 at the hips as seems to be my standard for Butterick and Vogue. It fits really well but after wearing it all day today, I have to say that the sleeve caps make it a little restrictive, ie the whole dress lifts up when you raise your arms. Next time I would shorten them but about 1.5cm, maybe even 2cm and that will stop the problem. I'll compare them against a BWOF pattern of a similar style that doesn't cause the same problem. It's an easy sew and a good basic dress. I love the shape of the neckline, too.

I've been madly braiding all kinds of things for my Chanel jacket. This is a quick down and dirty from two strands each of 8ply knitting wool from my stash. The colours aren't right, but they're close enough to get an idea of how it would work as well as giving an indication as to the thickness of the braid. I like this look.
I then found some shiny cord at the local store and tried a few combinations. My braiding got worse and worse as I went on, so it's hard to tell.
In this sample I used a bright purple, a yellow (they had no lime green), a chocolate brown and a dark green that's a little too Christmasy, but it was enough to let me know to lose the brights and dim it down a little.

This sample has swapped the bright purple for a pale lavender, which I really like, but it's still not there.

Sorry about the blur - it's hard to tell, but this is pale lavender, pale mint green, bright green and chocolate brown. If I can find a more olive green, I think this might be a winning combination. Now I just need to decide between this satiny cord or a rough knitting yarn. Oh, and I need to pick a pattern.

8 comments:

Sheila said...

Lovely dress and like the idea of using the muslin for the lining.

gwensews said...

Very pretty dress!

SuBoo said...

Auuugh I haven't even STARTED to think about my Chanel jacket... eep. You're inspiring me to get cracking though :)

Gail said...

I think the braiding is the hardest part of the Chanel challenge. I got frustrated with trying to make an effective plaited braid so bought a very underwhelming braid from Spotlight. Then flipped it over and used it inside out (it is now silver!). But notwithstanding there are no good trim shops in Australia.

Faye Lewis said...

I love that dress - and everything you make. Love your fabric and trim. I think it will make a wonderful Chanelish jacket.

Handmade said...

Love that dress - very cute!

Kathi said...

Your dress is really cute!! Can't wait to see the one with the collar!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very nice dress. I like the print.
I also like the look of your braided trim. It will finish off your jacket very nicely.