Friday, 9 January 2015

Plantain Tee turned NYE Gold Dress

Hello and Happy New Year! This is my last make from 2014. I got inspired by Heather from Closet Case Files and her fab golden number. I saw this beautiful gold double knit at John Lewis but did not buy it as I had no plans for a sparkly dress. But luckily I saw Heather's post and knew I had to go back and buy it and make myself a little dress. It almost didn't happen as I still had to make that Finlayson sweater for my Husband but it was all finished in time for NYE.

I used the Plantain t-shirt from Deer and Doe. I had made this before and knew it would fit. As I only had a few days left to make it I didn't want to try a new pattern. I made the pattern slightly bigger around the bust, lengthen the short sleeves version by a few cm and took them in by about 1cm on the sides. I then lengthen the top to make it into a dress. Originally it was a bit more A-line but didn't like it and took it in a bit. Not sure if I took it in too much. What do you think? When I started thinking about the dress I was not sure if I wanted it to be fitted all the way, but I guess I could still do that if I change my mind.
At the end of last year I did a pattern cutting course and the collar is my first little project that I drafted from scratch. I am feeling quite proud of it! The fabric I used for it is actually the same, just used the wrong side. So handy when you can use both sides of a fabric.

Now..., the back. I am well aware that there is too much fabric but not quite sure how to alter the pattern to get rid of it. Any suggestions?
I have enrolled to Fitting your Sewing Projects at Tilly and the Buttons's Studio (excited!!) and might get some tips there.

I am absolutely in love with this fabric. It is super soft and would be happy to wear the dress to bed. Seriously!! Probably the most comfortable garment I have ever made and super easy to work with.
If you follow me on instagram you have seen my attempt on making leggins with the same fabric. Unfortunately they are too tight. I have decided to buy a different pattern and currently working on a new pair. To be continued. There might be a lot of gold in the coming weeks, you have been warned!

I had some time off recently and did a big tidy in my sewing room. Due to my busy work schedule and those two sewing projects with a deadline, it got worse and worse. But now it is all clean and reorganised and can't wait to get some sewing done this weekend! 

Have you made yourself a party dress recently?


  1. Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns has free, online videos that show you how to remove excess fabric in the center back area.
    You can also watch her youtube videos. Highly recommended.

  2. This dress is adorable!! Especially love the collar.