However, in my defense, next week will be in the 70s, and I live in the south, so we'll only get warmer from there, right? That's my wish, anyway: to feel warm again.
After I finished my shirtdress from the last post, and sometimes while I was working on my shirtdress from the last post, I started a Colette Chantilly dress. I cut them both out the same night. Do you do that? I find it's easier for me to stay focused if I can cut everything at once. I'll cut out two or three skirts or shirts or dresses at once just to have it done and over with, because cutting is a necessary evil. And then this Chantilly sat for a couple days until I ran out of interfacing, so I started sewing darts, gathers, and all those other fun, non-interfaced things.
I actually skipped around a lot on this dress. I made the bodice, and then the yoke; I sewed the skirts and the bodice before even thinking about the lining; I inserted the zipper before I finished the yoke. I guess the only thing I did "right" was I hemmed it very last, after everything else was done.
I used fabric by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery. I know a lot of people have beef with quilting cotton and that's fine; I refuse to use anything polyester, so we all have our differences. But this is seriously the softest and smoothest quilting cotton! It felt more like lawn or voile with a crisper hand. It was just lovely.
I originally bought this fabric for this dress, in fact--I've had it sitting in my stash since around Christmas, just waiting. I had to purchase lining, of course, and notions, and why make a spring dress in the middle of winter? I'll tell you why: so you aren't so rushed, worrying you won't finish it in time for a nice-weather weekend.
If the back looks a little wonky, it's because it's the result of an optical illusion--the yoke and bodice somehow matched up pretty well--and it's probably also a little wonky.
I did try this on the other night and Nick said it brought "attention to my boob area, so that's great." Thanks honey! What a pal. I do plan on wearing a cardigan. I like that this dress is so floaty and light: quilting cotton and cotton batiste make for a meringue-like consistency in dresses. I'm really excited to wear it when I no longer shiver from standing in a shadow. Please, oh please, let that be soon!
I'd also like to note that this dress was the first pattern I bought when I decided to start sewing. I'd never heard of Colette, never seen anything by Sarai, but came across this on Fabric.com. In fact, I even emailed them to ask if dotted Swiss would be appropriate (duh, Emily, they said in nicer tones). I ended up using the dotted Swiss on a Banksia top long ago, and hung onto this pattern until the right fabric came along. I'm glad I waited, because this dress stumped me at some points, and I feel like I can pretty easily coast through most projects now. But my linings didn't match, my armholes were uneven--messy, but worth it.
What's next on my sewing agenda? I'm not sure! I have some bee blocks to do but that's about it. I mean, I do have stacks and stacks of fabric I should probably use, but I'm going to take this weekend--my mom's birthday weekend!--to figure out what's next. Another Truffle? Another Cambie? An Alma? Who knows. Suggestions, as always, are welcome!