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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

BWOF 02/2009 - 124 dress

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The Carolyn TNT dress.
The easiest dress I have ever made.


Seriously, what a great dress pattern this is!  The dress was so easy to make that I really have nothing to say about the construction at all, but the cut and fit are great.  No sleeves, no vent, just a simple versatile dress.  I can see this made up in different fabrics and being perfect for work, casual or cocktail wear and that's without even starting to think about embellishments.

For this version (and yes I am certain there will be more), I used an embroidered cotton from my stash, it has a slight stretch to it but you don't need stretch fabric for this pattern.  This version is unlined as I wanted to keep it as a simple cotton summer dress, although I think I could easily dress this up for a night out too.

Sizewise, I usually make a 38 with an FBA in wovens for BWOF, but I found (by the highly scientific pattern measuring system of holding the pieces up on my dressform) that this was not necessary for this dress so I made a straight 38, tapering out to a 40 in the hips.  Something to watch out for if you are petite up top!  

Really I highly recommend trying this pattern, I will have to exercise a lot of control not to end up with an entire closet full of these!

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32 comments:

Sigrid said...

Thanks for the heads up on this pattern. Wonderful result. This is a very versatile dress. I can see one for coming summer (still freezing cold here).

MaryJ said...

Very beautiful on you! Shows off your great figure.

Sue said...

I will definitely have to make this dress, after seeing yours! Great job...

Meg said...

You should make one in every combination possible, it looks fantastic on you and shows your great figure!

Laura Lee said...

Thanks for the post! Great fit - and you can't give the pattern the credit for that! Having a dress fit that well requires alot of time, skill and patience! Also, I love the fabric choice! The first photo didn't capture the texture but the dress forms pics are great! Thanks again!
Laura

Capital Sew and Sew
http://www.capital-sew-and-sew.blogspot.com/

Lori said...

That is a wonderful dress. Thanks for the heads up on this pattern.

Lisette M said...

Gorgeous dress, it looks fantastic on you.

Rachel said...

Beautiful dress and gorgeous fabric!!!

j.kaori said...

Cute dress! This wasn't on my radar, but after your post, I may try this one!

patsijean said...

Until I saw your review I had not given this pattern much thought. I am thinking now. What a lovely dress on you with many design possibilities.

Amanda S. said...

I LOVE it! I agree, this is a perfect summer dress. The fabric is really cute as well.

Lindsay T said...

Well done! I'm thinking I might like this dress in a cotton with stretch for summer.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I want to know what's wrong with having 12 of these in awesome colors and fabrics in your wardrobe. Do you know how well dressed you would be everyday? Or how easy it would be to get dressed in the mornings?

And it is a very pretty dress...love the fabric!

verobirdie said...

Maybe it is the easiest dress, but it is certainly a beautiful one, just made for you!

Erica B. said...

That's a fabulous dress! It's the perfect LBD.

Omega said...

Gorgeous! The perfect LBD, it looks great on you!

Emily said...

Wow, looks great! Now, I just need to track down that pesky Feb. issue...

Reethi said...

Looks great!

Cennetta said...

The perfect little black dress.

Chris said...

Beautiful dress, looks fantastic on you. Love the fabric, too!

Vicki said...

Lovely dress. I can see this made up just as it is for evening, but I think I would need to raise the back for work. Would be great for winter too with long sleeve top underneath.

Paulette said...

Absolutely lovely!!!

Katharine in Brussels said...

Ain't nuthin' wrong with smiling and looking great every day! Go make them. Im south of Sigrid and today it's snowing, so thanks for the vicarious living.

Audrey said...

This is a versatile dress pattern, which I hadn't noticed before, and this version looks great on you. I always enjoy seeing your choice of fabrics. I imagine you have lots of places to shop for fabric. I would love to take one of the organized Sewing related tours of Hong Kong that I see advertised in magazines.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I'm going to have to give this one a try!

Summerset said...

Excellent dress! I'll have to give this one another look. I think it could be very versatile.

Katriska said...

I was just trolling around on the web and came across this dress. This is sooooo pretty and I love the fabric you chose. I will have to muster up the courage to actually get my sewing machine out and try something. I can sew straight lines but that other stuff, I know nothing about. I was thinking about knitting a dress but I guess this would be the next best thing. Quicker too probably much harder. I wish I could find some fabric like that.

Tany said...

It's a fabulous dress and I plan on incorporating it on my spring wardrobe too! Thanks for reviewing it!

Christina said...

Nice! I definitely want to try this one. Looks like a great piece to get you through the summer.

Anonymous said...

Definitely inspired by you, I'm just finishing my imitation...I found a cloque? black poly that has little glints where the fabric is stitched down. But I'm having more trouble fitting than you did..had to take the shoulder seams down half an inch, and take in a full inch at the centre back, tapering from a 42 top to a 44 bottom. Also took in a half inch at the centre front after testing on a lining version as the muslin. Warning to round shouldered people or shallow chested..this pattern must be adjusted before cutting out as there are few seams to work with on top!

angie.a said...

Wow, I never would have looked twice at this dress! It looks so unshapely in the line drawing, but yours is vavavavoom!!! LOVE it.

jacqui m. said...

My posting is a little late. But that is a great dress.