Monday, August 17, 2015

Papercut Clover Dress

I have been sewing, I really have, but my finished projects rarely get photographed. This dress was finished quickly last week and then worn two days in a row. Frank says it is his favorite thing I've ever made. It is my favorite for the moment. This is the Clover Dress from Papercut Patterns and is a perfect summer dress. Clover Dress Clover Dress Clover Dress Clover Dress Back Clover Dress Detail Clover Dress
This dress is so simple to make that I didn't refer to the instructions at all. I had wanted to use this Rayon Challis (still available in another colorway here) for this pattern but was struggling to find the right trim for the insert detail. I was looking at trims by the yard but then it occurred to me that I had the perfect lovely orange Eyelet from Golden D'or in Dallas in my stash.

The only change I made to this pattern was adding an inch to the hem. I then ended up making a pretty deep hem, so may not have been necessary. I didn't do the full belt, but opted to sew ties for cinching in the back, which I think is more flattering on me. There is really no fitting necessary as this is a loose, pull over dress. I made the size XS based on my measurements and the fit is great. I also did French seams to all but the bust insert. This probably made the dress ever so slightly smaller, as my French seams always end up bigger than they are supposed to. I serged wrong sides together and then turned and sewed a straight stitch on my machine.

This is my second pattern and third make with Papercut and I love their designs. I have made two versions of the Soma Swimsuit, which haven't made it to the blog because me in a swimsuit on my blog? Lets just say I'm not there yet. Speaking of swimsuits, I just received two online orders of swim fabric and have big plans for sewing swimsuits for our upcoming trip to Tulum. We are heading there in November to celebrate my 40th birthday on the beach, so I have a little time to get ready.

I am fully on the Rayon Challis bandwagon now and could wear it all summer long. I'm so happy it is becoming available in great patterns and colors for home sewists. It also dyes amazingly well and I have a bunch of white in my to-dye box. So many projects, so little time..... better get back to sewing Karlie's birthday costume.


janet in ft worth said...

I love that! I haven't made anything with rayon challis in years, although my favorite dress ever I made of wool challis (for my brother's wedding about 37 years ago!).

You could post pictures of the swimsuits without you in them, you know!

p.s. That image captcha thing is terrible. Took three tries because the images were so blurry.

Ashley said...

Thanks Janet! I've never heard of Wool Challis, will have to seek some out.

I will take down the image captcha. Was getting a lot of spam but don't get comments at all anymore lol.