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! )


Atlanta said...

That is absolutely stunning! Great work! (your hairstyle totally looks like Amy Dorrit too!)

Marian said...

It's gorgeous! Great job! :)

OnceuponaTime said...

You look lovely and you did an awesome job of re-creating that dress!

Anonymous said...

Hi Elinor! Your dress is so lovely! It turned out wonderful! And the color is great! ;P

A Still Small Voice said...

Wow! I like the dress. Too bad they don't have these kinds of balls where I live :( ....
Glad to see you posting again :).

Anna Olivia said...

It's a stunning dress. I could die in that color purple... hehe... ;)