Goodbye July

Wow, I really cannot believe that it is August tomorrow. That the twins were 18 months old last week just blows my mind, it feels like they just turned one the other day. We are well past the winter solstice and, as someone who has woken before sunrise (even in mid summer when sunrise is around 4 am) for just over a year and a half now, I can personally vouch for the incremental shortening of the nights and lengthening of the days.

Despite having always been something of a tomboy, I used to be such a “dress girl” before I had the twins. I kind of miss the effortless and ease of my frequent dress-wearing days, but I just don’t seem to shave my legs often enough, nor to have committed to replacing all my old laddered stockings with new ones for that to be my reality …yet.

After spending a few hours last week ( for the first time in ages!) immersed in the inspirational overload that is Pinterest, and with the promise of Spring in the air; the past couple of weeks having been peppered with a number of beautiful, balmy days, I have been itching to sew up dress or two.

This cute dress by Parisian label Balzac caught my eye, and I thought that something similar would be perfect for the transition between seasons.

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I have to admit that I am new to the label, and I’m not sure how their feminine yet subtly quirky pieces have managed to elude my radar for so long. Needless to say I promptly followed them on Instagram and Pinterest to ensure that it will not happen again!

For the dress bodice I used the pattern that I used to make this collarless blouse. It’s a Burda pattern and has proven to be something that I have worn A LOT since making it. You can find it here.

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I didn’t have any suitable patterns at hand for the skirt part of the dress, so I drafted one myself, but I’m certain that there are a number of commercial patterns that could be adapted to similar effect. I’m not a huge fan of inseam pockets (as seen in the Balzac dress), so I decided upon yoke pockets instead. I used fabric that I had, which was a light to medium weight stretch denim. I think my fabric choice was wrong, as it is quite stiff and I feel that the silhouette is perhaps a little paper doll like, which is not really what I was going for.

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I’m still in two minds about this dress, I think it looks good on the hanger, but not great on me. I was pretty  disappointed when I first fitted it on close to completion realising that it may have been a bit of a misadventure that I will never end up wearing.  I’ve got another project on the agenda (namely a dress inspired by this one by French label Sezane), but perhaps after that I will give the pattern another chance and make it up in fabric with a little less body.

4 thoughts on “Goodbye July

  1. Lynsey says:

    I think you made a fab copy of that dress, sometimes times it’s not until after you realise the fabric isn’t quite right but I still think it’s a lovely wearable dress. I’m not a fan of in seam pockets either.

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    • Sarah-May says:

      Thank you Lynsey for the positive feedback! I’m hoping that I change my mind, or that if I make it again in different fabric I will love it. Inseam pockets always seem so bulky to me… They often look so great in pictures but in my experience they are not so great in real life.

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  2. Polly says:

    I know this is a little late, but your dress is lovely. It’s a good copy of the dress that inspired you to make it & with a few washes your fabric will soften & it’s hand will change…

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    • Sarah-May says:

      Hi Polly! Thanks so much 😊, it’s not too late at all, I’m still in two minds about this dress, although I did wear it quite a few times when the weather was cooler. You’re right, it will probably soften up after a few washes. I will give it another try come autumn

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