Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Backwards Belladone

Sorry to be a big copycat Rachael, but I'm going to have to post a Belladone today too.


This frock has been finished and worn several times now despite some pattern reading "issues"(I made a boo boo).
It is so super comfy and practical that I think there needs to be several more Belladone's in the wardrobe.


I've already confessed my sweet sweet love for Deer & Doe...sigh...
Their patterns really are nice. I've tried 3 patterns and loved them all.
This is another straight out of the envelope with no alterations. Woo hoo!


I cut it out at night and sewed her up the following afternoon. It all came together very quickly.
I didn't bind the back openings as the fabric has quite a lotta body. I just folded and stitched.
The neck and armholes are bound with white bias that I made at the last minute. No white bias in the stash! disgraceful...


And the fabric? This is a stretch cotton... quite heavy... that I purchased on Ebay from a destasher.
It has a nice amount of stretch and pressed really nicely. Mmmm cotton.
And it reminds me of old wallpaper which is a plus.

Has anybody noticed my boo boo yet?


Yeah, there it is! On the left.
Those blasted back pieces were sewn and finished and when I tried the dress on I realised it was all backwards. Those two top pieces should be on the outside! feck.
oh well. I try not to go near the dreaded seam ripper of death for obvious reasons so this is just going to stay how it is.... I'll try and remember for the next version. Durrr.


Not sure whats going on with those back wrinkles. 
They only appear in front of the camera...as soon as my back is turned, I shake my fist at you back wrinkles! 
Other notes: Love the hem facing, probs could move that bust dart down a notch and this is probably my best ever invisible zip. Sometimes you just win. 

Fabric: Stretch cotton scored from Ebay
Time: Approx 5 Hrs including cutting time 

So what does everyone think of Deer & Doe patterns?


Well well, that is all for today. I have cake to go and eat.

PS. I have a couple of metres of this fabric left to do something with. 
Anybody have any ideas?

PPS. Stay tuned for the 100 post follower giveaway mega happy fun time.









49 comments:

  1. Haha! Love seeing yours! And I wouldn't have noticed the back pieces if you hadn't told me you had done it last night. Love the fabric - what about another Charlotte?

    And.... what is your email address? Can I take you up on organising some of that lush fabric? So good to have actually met you!!

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    1. hehe thanks! Charlotte is a grand idea. Now that its getting to the 'bare the legs' time of year.
      yup sure email me at renay.w@hotmail.com

      Happy to send fabric your way.

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  2. Gorgeous love it, haven't gotten any deer n doe patterns yet, maybe i'll have to scout some :)

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  3. I've been on the fence with the Deer & Doe patterns, always trying to find a pattern company that makes for my shape. Is it D&D? Not sure. But yours is sooooo lovely I think I'd chance it anyway. Gorgeous

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  4. Lovely. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  5. I'm loving Deer and Doe too! I've only made their Chardon skirt thus far but I loved it. I've got this pattern too but I'm waiting for the right fabric for it.

    I was staring at the image of the upper back thinking 'something's not right' but I couldn't put my finger on it. Oh well, still looks really good.

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  6. Gotta love a pattern that doesn't need alterations. I've been lusting over the Deer & Doe patterns for sure. I love the cut out in the back of this one. :)

    Glad your boo boo worked out regardless. It's always great to have a wearable piece even if it's not exactly right! ;)

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  7. wonderful dress:-) i think the weight of the fabric works well with the shape of the design!

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  8. Thanks Erica! It is convenient when it just fits :-)

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  9. I wasn't completely sold until I made up my first Deer and Doe... you should give it a go :-)

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  10. Lovely! I do love the Belladone - ok, perhaps all of deer&doe at that, and yours looks lovely ;) It was wonderful to meet you last night and I keep dreaming of your fabric! I might have to come & visit before it's all snaffled up ;)

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  11. Loving your version of the Chardon skirt. So nice and bright!

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  12. hehe thanks! Charlotte is a grand idea. Now that its getting to the 'bare the legs' time of year.
    yup sure email me at renay.w@hotmail.com

    Happy to send fabric your way.

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  13. This is gorgeous! I would never have noticed the pieces on the back if you hadn't pointed it out. I have this pattern, and some lovely green fabric for it, and it's sitting at No 2 in my queue! Lynne

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  14. Oh don't worry about the back. Barely noticeable given he GORGEOUS fabric choice. I love the belladone pattern and have have recently finished my first version. Yours is one of my faves.

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  15. A Stitching OdysseySeptember 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    This, my dear, is really beautiful! And your so called 'boo boo' looks like a pretty cool design feature to me ;o) I'm in love with D&D patterns, but despite owning 3 of them, I still haven't gotten around to making any :o( Soon!

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  16. Super cute! I love the Deer and Doe line - only have made 1 1/2 of their patterns (unfinished reglisse dress sitting in the sewing room right now! lol) but I think their designs are so adorable! Also, just read a third post today on the Belladone dress - check out Abbey's at http://sewcharleston.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/belladone-dress-by-deer-and-doe/

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  17. I don't notice any mistakes! I think it looks great. I looove the fabric!

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  18. just gorgeous, such a lovely shape, and a great colour on you!

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  19. Aaaaaaarg the internet is taunting me with this pattern!!! Your version is simply gorgeous! And I love how the cut out works with your tattoo :) And the boo boo is not even apparent unless you know the pattern.

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  20. Really stunning! Your fabric choice is spot on.

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  21. Thanks Reana. The boo boo is not the end of the world. Get into Deer and Doe! you will love it :-)

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  22. Thank you! Its not what I would usually go for but I like it :-)

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  23. THANKS ;-)
    I love the reglisse too... so flattering!

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  24. Thanks Marie.
    Design feature... I like that!
    You need to stitch them up. You will love them!

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  25. haha thanks Amy.
    I love the pattern too!
    And am off to look at yours...

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  26. SO purty :) But then, I expect no less from you! Lookin' grand!

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  27. Argh - you sew so quickly!!!!
    This dress is beautiful. Love the fabric and colour.

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  28. This is adorable and fits you so perfectly! I agree with Marie-- the back is a design feature! ;) I'm a serious fan of Deer & Doe! I've made the Reglisse dress and two Belladones, and love both. I have the Datura blouse pattern, too, but couldn't find the time to sew it up this summer. The patterns just have such a sweet aesthetic!

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  29. It's so adorable, love everything about it :)

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  30. Totes adorbs! A lovely version and I totally agree.... It's a deliberate design feature! I myself am smack whack in love with D&D patterns, have a belladone made and a datura on my table... Even made a sketchbook for all them luscious patterns, I've got thousands of ideas for them :)

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  31. Winston & WillowSeptember 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Loving the print on this dress.. looks fabulous!

    Charlotte

    Website | Winston & Willow

    Bloglovin'

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  32. Sweet dress, the fabric looks wonderful with your hair color!!

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  33. Thanks Anja.
    Yep they are lovely patterns. Can't wait to sew up some more of them!
    Would love to see your Datura. i have made two so far, so comfy!

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  34. Thanks Ginger. I do love your reglisse....
    I think the datura would work for layering in between seasons too. Sew her up!

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  35. I don't like to waste time. Its all go go go in the sewing room here!

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  36. Ít might take me a while to finish, I've got some other projects going on as well (presents for familymembers) but when I've finished I'll try and post a pic! (you'll need sunglasses though ;) )

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  37. What a stunning dress! You know what, no one that doesn't know the belladone pattern would spot your boo boo. I think it still looks awesome! I wouldn't bother ripping it out either. That colour is gorgeous on you by the way.

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  38. Simply. Smashing. This is fierce!
    So lovely to meet you the other week :D

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  39. Thanks Kat. Plus I'm way too lazy to rip it out... hehe
    Hope your not missing the cold melbourne weather too much!

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  40. Ha ha I wasn't last week but this week it seems the Melbourne weather is paying me a visit. It's horrible up here at the moment.

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