Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Blaverry Clara Dress

Before the craziness of the holidays - yes, it was crazy... - I tested a pattern from a designer that I had never tried out; Blaverry on Etsy.  Her patterns are very sleek looking - I definitely was intrigued by the excellent photography and modern look.  In fact, I just looked and some of her patterns are 50% off right now....

Anyways, I didn't know how the Clara Twirl Dress was going to turn out, so I used some totally ugly calico I had in my stash - why I had this I have no clue - but I eked out the dress out of about a yard and a half.

This dress has some very nice details - a collar with a collar stand, a bound neck edge, bound arm seams, and unique side pockets.  The front buttonhole placket is narrow, and you use small buttons; I really like this look.




This is a size 4 on Julia - sewn with no modifications.  I think I need to use 5 length in the bodice, and maybe 6 length in the skirt.  I want to make this dress again, and use fabric I actually like.  It gets a thumbs up from the kid....except, when she initially put it on, she was pulling at the collar.  She's a kid who hates things touching her neck.  But, after we walked around the block for pictures, she forgot about it.  So, I think it will work for her.

Notice we actually have green grass....that's what some rain will do for you in Southern California!  We're in the midst of a long drought, and for months and months, everyone's grass has been brown.  You get strange looks from your neighbors if you waste water.  So, the recent rain has been very welcome.




Thanks for reading - hope your holiday was as fun/crazy as ours!

8 comments:

  1. Oooh, I like this, now look what you made me do, look at more patterns. :)

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  2. Happy Christmas! I'll go click on that link too (darn you). Julia looks great, and I completely agree that pattern testing should be done with the B list fabric!

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  3. Oh, I like this - and more darns from me - off to click the link too ;-)

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  4. Yes, I think it does need to be a little longer in the skirt for Miss J - just had a look at the Blavery website- hmmm not sure yet, but not surprised that Nicole and others are intrigued. What was it like to sew c/o of the pattern pieces? That's the acid test for me; and yes, those 'why did I buy this?' pieces are great for test flights.

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  5. Looks great on her - I actually like the white contrasting fabric :)

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  6. I rather like the calico, myself, but I have a soft spot for all of those fabrics that look like something my mother would have used to make me a dress circa 1981, and this is definitely one. This dress is really cute - love those lines! And I am trying to resist your link ... I need more patterns like I need a hole in my head.

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  7. I kind of like the fabric, especially with the white contrast. And she sure looks like she's enjoying wearing it! =)

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  8. That dress is totally adorable!!! As is that little cutie pie who's wearing it.

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