Those of you who have been in the shop recently might have spotted this dress on one of our 'window ladies'. I wanted to make up some garments in the new Liberty Fabrics to show everyone how lovely they are to wear.
I told you all about my lovely Anna Dress a few weeks ago - thanks so much for all the positive comments about the sleeve situation guys! I've still not actually worn it for a full day yet, (I need to make something else for my window chick to wear first).
This is the Leini Dress from Named - a finish sister duo designing the most loveliest range of sewing patterns that all look really appealing. They are downloadable patterns only, which is great as they arrive straight into your inbox. The downside being the jigsaw puzzle that needs done and then tracing off your size. I must say, out of all the patterns that I've downloaded and printed off, this one was a bit confusing to work out.
Each pattern piece overlaps with each other so you have to use dressmaker’s pattern paper to trace your size off and it seems like there are lines everywhere!! I prefer to use a toothed tracing wheel with the dressmaker’s pattern paper underneath and rolling around the size that I want on the main pattern. It leaves a perforated line on the paper underneath which is enough of a mark to see and cut around. Once I had traced the pattern off, the dress is actually made up of simple shapes and pieces.
I choose the Millia Tana Lawn fabric which is from the latest spring/summer range. The design has been created from sketches in felt tip to make a sort of strip pattern to represent the Men’s Casual Department in Liberty’s Basement Floor.
It has pleats in the front bodice which are created by just by folding and stitching the fabric in place. Then there is the bodice back and skirt front and back. I also choose to line the bodice so I had the front and back lining bodice to cut out too.
Putting it together was pretty easy too but I did end up un-picking the seam between the bodice and lining at the armholes. This bit required extra brainpower and I must have not been concentrating at the time. You actually need to sew it in two halves and pull it through in a bit of a strange way. Ok I know that doesn't really make sense but if you do make this dress (which I would recommend) and decide to line it then just watch out for that bit and take time to figure it out, or just bind the arm holes with bias binding.
You can just about see the under stitching on the lining here...
The inside works out so neatly with the lining. I also used french seams on the skirt which always works well with the light weight tana lawn.
Overall, I'm really pleased with it. It's really comfy to wear and I think it will be lovely in the summer. I'm pretty sure I'll make more of them too.
The only thing I would change is to make the next size up. It's ended up a bit tight at the neckline when I put it on but once its actually on I think I get away with it.