Monday, May 17, 2010

Living in Liverpool

Spring is here, so tis the season to sew dresses. During a sewing date with Ann, I started the Liverpool Dress by Amy Butler, a basic shirt-dress pattern.

I feel like this dress has some vintage flair, which I love. The Denyse Schmidt fabric only adds to that. I'm definitely pleased with the outcome. I'm pretty sure I'll make it again...maybe in the tunic length. That could be fun!

Covered buttons!

I had to learn a lot of new skills with this pattern: buttons, buttonholes, a collar, working with a placket. But I muddled through and think it all turned out pretty good.

A tie in the back makes for an extra flattering look.

But most importantly, it's Adelaide-approved. By just undoing the bottom button, the dress was very bike-friendly, although I did flash a little leg in the process.

Here are some statty stats:

Yardage: 4 yards
Made for: Moi
Date started: May 8, 2010
Date completed: May 16, 2010
Mods: None.

26 comments:

annzy said...

I love how it turned out ~I'm so impressed.

jane said...

Er, WOW. That's such a lovely spring dress, and the perfect choice of fabric. The placket and collar and everything look so professional - and check out those buttons! I love your shoes too... ahh, you just look so great - I can really imagine you happily pedalling along on Adelaide.

Meg said...

The dress is completely fab! Perfect for spring and for biking!

Mary LeMaster said...

Love the dress!! And those shoes are to die for!

Windybrook Spinner said...

Look at you! The dress is wonderful. Very impressive.

Stephanie B said...

So pretty! I love the fabric.

Julie said...

Such a pretty dress!! You look amazing in it.

Jill said...

Love it! I can just see you gliding along with Adelaide and your new dress. Mad skills, Kara. Mad skills.

Laurel said...

Am I sick of how talented you are?
let me check.
nope. not yet. ;)

I LOVE THIS, kara. who are you? Seriously.

Trisha said...

Aren't you crafty? Maybe you should come up with a Knitting Lemonade challenge so I can finally get around to using my own sewing machine more. :-) Dress is so pretty.

craftoholic said...

So cute! It does look like the perfect biking-in-the-spring dress.

Jacey said...

It's adorable! The print is super cute, and the fit is very flattering. Great job, and I"m glad it's bike friendly.

Better Living said...

It looked fantastic on Adelaide! What a nice job you did on all the details. :)

Erin said...

It is even more beautiful in person. I am very impressed with your sewing skills...I better start upping my game so you don't pass me by.

Chancy said...

Seriously impressed by the sewing skills. The dress looks great!

Amander said...

You have mad talent.

ali said...

Kara! I love it! You aren't supposed to be making things with plackets yet-- stop being so dang good at everything!!

if you learn how to sew on satiny fabric before I do-- heads will roll ;)

(that is not a challenge)

Disentangled said...

It's lovely! I have this pattern on my to-sew list as well. But I'm still looking for just the right print. Oh and Happy Belated Birthday :)

Melanie said...

I love it! I want pictures of you riding Adelaide in it.

melanie said...

Very classy! I like that you have the option of popping the collar for extra sass when the occasion permits.

CassiLou said...

adorbs!

Stacy said...

Awesome!! Good job!! I just bought a new dress pattern too... I need to sew.

Sigrid said...

Nice. I believe I have this fabric going on a project in an orange color way. I am impressed at how quickly you made it and learning new skills is always so much fun! You may find one of my upcoming posts rather interesting given this post...

sula said...

Darling, and such a display of mad sewing skills! Not to mention the perfect matching of pattern and print. And while I'm at it may I say happy belated birthday?

knitseashore said...

You did it! It looks awesome on you. And I am so impressed you can wear it while riding. Eek! I don't know if I could do that without falling off.

Dottie said...

Great dress! I am continually impressed.