Friday, May 27, 2011

Little Dorrit Dress

 I am happy to say that I finished my Amy Dorrit ballgown in time for the Literary Ball!
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, though I wish I could have found a buckle for the front of the waistband, like on Amy's.  I'm sure that's a feature I can add eventually.

Pattern Sizing: Size 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes and no... I made plenty of alterations. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, though I made up a lot of my own directions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Jenny Chancey's patterns are always a delight to work with.  They're easy to understand and the results are lovely.  The instructions also tell how to make a wide variation of styles/looks from this one pattern.  

Fabric Used: dark purple polyester shantung from JoAnn Fabrics

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make very many alterations, but the
 alterations I made were big enough to change the look.  I cut the bodice piece wider, and at a slight angle, and pleated the front.  I also brought it in a little at the shoulders as my shoulders are a lot more narrow than the pattern allows for. 

Would you sew it again? Not this particular movie costume, but  I do plan to use this pattern again, yes.

Would you recommend it to others? Of course! 

Here are some random pictures from the ball that include more shots of my dress.






(Thank you, Brandon P, Mrs. R, and Mrs. F for the pictures! )

Monday, May 2, 2011

FYI....

Due to so many requests to write movie reviews, and my interest in commentating on various movies and characters in blog posts, just for fun, I have started up a movie-related blog. 

Floating Lanterns
http://melaniesshelf.blogspot.com/

The title unashamedly admits by huge fandom for "Tangled". :-) 
I may be transferring my period dramas review to that site.