dress 'n'

I made it! On Friday I came home from an art opening at the gallery where Geoff's been working and started making the dress. It didn't take too long, even though I had to adjust the side seams twice to take out some extra fabric -- it turns out that I can fit into the largest size in the book (small victories!). I used grey linen and tried out some little embellishments I've learned over the past little while, including the shirring in the back, and rolled hems on the ruffle & the top of the back.

I found that it's almost liberating to not have to follow a pattern exactly. Obviously, this is a simple dress, with no zippers or sleeves, but I didn't even consult the photograph in the book the second time around. It was nice, because it made me feel a little bit fancy.

I wore the dress out to a party last night and no one asked if I made it, which is often the case when I wear something I've made (or, as with a shirt-dress I bought recently, haven't made -- which is flattering, really). I'm not sure how to interpret that, but it doesn't matter! I really like my new ruffle-fronted dress, and I rarely say that about something I've made.

Incidentally, there was a Style section cover story on linen in this weekend's Globe & Mail.


  1. I totally just read that article in the Globe as well. Go linen! Go your new dress! I love this "n" dress soo much. I have to say I am secretly so happy when I wear something I made and no one asks if I made it! At the same time I am just begging someone to ask so I can say, "Yes I did!" I think it looks great on you Anabela!

  2. it looks very cute! you have great discipline!

  3. i totally love it! beautifully done! :)

  4. Thank you!

    Erica, you should be proud! You make very lovely, perfect things!

    Caitlin, It's more like I get so frustrated when I try to go shopping because everything is too expensive or it fits weird -- if something I make fits weird, oh well!

    Thanks, Ashley!

  5. It looks wonderful and really properly sewn
    Congratulations on your new piece of clothing