Loretta Jewel–a Love Sewing Dress


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My Love Sewing Makes saga continues. This time is the Simple Sew dress from issue 20. It came with my copy of the magazine. Loved the idea of a diamond shape neckline.

I chose this time to make the elbow length sleeves. I have to many sleeveless dresses that I don’t wear much without a jacket or cardigan. So sleeves are in order. I was, also, curious how the diamond shape of the neck line will sit in the end.

As will all Simple Sew patterns, being as the name says simple  I did not follow the instructions. I did my usual changes for this pattern make:  which are  #do a full bust adjustment # to lengthen the bodice between shoulder and bust and then reduce it by the same amount, 3 cm, between waist and hips and # then consider shortening the hem to hit the knees (anything longer and I look like the shortest person in the world).

I used fabric with a little bit of stretch. I got it from my stash! I do sometimes shop my stash when I make something. I am getting better at it, so I hope soon my fabric collection will go down, because I was good at using it in my projects. But now back to Loretta Jewel. The dress came together easy and fast.   IMG_1354   As you can see in the picture, the hips seem to be a bit to big. So I decided to draw a line and take them in a little. I just eyeballed this one. Was not really in the mood for a scientific way. I learnt that I get better results when I use my instinct. I took about 1.5 cm each side . I tapered the line into the original line.  Once I was happy with the amount I need to take out, I changed the paper pattern, in case I make the dress again. I think the neckline will look better on a sleeveless dress. But we  will see. IMG_1358It took me a little to figure out the facing, but I got there in the end. I managed to sew the back  facings the wrong way and  had to unpick them and start again.  I thought the neckline will continue in to the back, but has a corner just before the shoulder. I did not expect that. It pulls a little in one of the corner, probably because I did not clip it enough. I was scare I’d clip into the seam and ruin it.

I used my usual finishes (over-locked seams, invisible zip). Because the fabric stretches, to  avoid breaking the thread, I used stretch triple zig-zag stich to finish the hem. IMG_1361   As I mentioned in other posts, for the back vent I prefer using the technique in my Dressmaking book by Alison Smith . For me this technique yields the best result. IMG_1362IMG_1363   Once I made the final adjustments, the dress fitted much better, especially in the hips area. No longer looks like it is too big.

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Looking at the pictures, it seems that the back might also be a tad to long. But not sure if this is caused because of me using a slightly stretchy fabric. It could also be caused by my posture. What do you think?

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Author: Simona

I don't really like talking about myself. But, I love sewing and after reading a lot of blogs on the internet about it, I've decided to give it a go as well. I am Romanian born, but live in the UK. I am a bit selfish when it comes to sewing. I tend to make stuff more for myself. Others have to go through a lot of torture in order for me to make something. My mum did it twice. Well I only wanted to make the dresses fit her perfectly. And in the end they looked great.

6 thoughts on “Loretta Jewel–a Love Sewing Dress”

  1. I’m on my second version of this dress! Your fits quite eell! I had the same issue with the hips, they’re way too big! I also found the bust to be a bit flat so I’ve lowered the dart and made it bigger. I love the neckline! The current version I’m making will have a full lining.

    Your vent is very clean looking, looks professionally done

    1. Thank you Roxanne. I am thinking of making another version of this dress as well. For the vent I used Alison Smith’s technique as shown on her Dressmaking book, if you want to give it as go as well.

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