Dreaming About Fall Dress

Remember this dress….

Triangle Trail Dress

The bodice of this dress was made from the top of another dress.

I received a request to make a similar design, with this fabric that I got on my trip to the garment district.

Since I didn’t create the bodice portion of the dress, I had to create a pattern using the design and shape of that bodice as a reference.

First, I found a pattern that I could use to create a pattern to suit this style. I found one with wide armholes that had gathers at the shoulder.  My plan was to re-draft the pattern so that the excess material would be at the neckline (rather than the gathers at the shoulders), allowing for the pleating.

Creating a new pattern

I made a muslin with the pattern first, in order to test the fit, etc. I often buy sheets at the thrift store to use for creating muslins. I will only do so if I can tell they are hardly or not used, because sometimes if everything goes well, I end up making muslins into actual garments.

Anyway, I had a few adjustments to make once I sewed everything together, but nothing major.

Prepping to attach the muslin and lining

So, I adjusted the spacing of the pleats, adjusted the armholes, and got to work cutting out the fabric, and attaching the pieces of the actual dress.

The bodice and the lining, ready to be attached at the neckline

I also had to make shorter and looser sleeves, attach the skirt, and add a split cowl with buttons to the neckline.

The floral fabric is much thicker than what I used for the Triangle Trail Dress.

There are little tabs at the shoulders as well.

I think I’m going to make a dress similar to this for myself from one material, sans the sleeves and potentially without the cowl as well.

The floral material really reminds me of fall. It’s a great dress to kick off November.

Last night, after finishing and listing the dress, I tried this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Mmmm!

It is really tasty. My husband even liked it, and he doesn’t like pumpkin.

Here’s a tip though: use 1.5 T vanilla instead of 2 (or maybe even a little less depending on your personal preference), and brown sugar instead of regular sugar. I used canned pumpkin, and I think I’m going to add a bit more than 2 T next time for more pumpkin flavor. It was too sweet for me so I just kept warming it up with more coffee. It may take some work, but the final product is wonderful; it’s definitely a dessert-worthy drink.

Sipping these was the perfect way to bid adieu to October.

About Becca

I am a self-taught seamstress, and I love to create unique women’s clothing. This blog is a record of the hodgepodge of sewing projects that occupy my time. Reconstruction projects are my favorite, but I also create clothing from my own designs using both recycled and new materials.
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