Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Classy Marianne Dress, Round Two Challenge

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I am having so much fun participating in the Sew Mama Sew, Super Online Sewing Match II. This week we were asked to make the Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes. I love the look of this dress, I will probably make the Marianne dress over and over again! Christine Haynes is a wonderful apparel designer and her instructions for this dress are extremely detailed. Since this dress is made from knit fabric each step was written for a conventional sewing machine, as well as a serger. I have noticed in all of Christine's patterns that she keeps things simple. Only using a few pieces of fabric to stitch together, this makes it easier for anyone to create her designs. 
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When I started looking for knit fabric for View B of the Marianne dress pattern. I looked for stripes. I assumed that I need a busy print or something with horizontal lines. It wasn't until I went fabric shopping, that I realized color blocking would give me a classic look. The fabrics I chose are solid red, white and black Ponte De Roma Fabrics. Ponte De Roma is a double knit fabric with tons of elasticity, it is a medium weight knit fabric, which helps hold this beautiful shift dress shape. Ponte De Roma medium weight fabrics can be worn all year long. I can wear my Marianne dress in the spring with flats, summer with sandals or in the fall and winter with boots and/or a scarf. 
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After buying the fabrics, I tested out the pattern to check fitting. When researching this pattern online, I noticed that Christine Haynes had a Sew Along and blogged about each step of the pattern. This was yet another great tool to use for constructing this dress. In the pattern I was a size 6 (bust size 34"), however when looking at the finished garment size, the bust measured 37.5". I knew this would be too large for me since I am also petite. Plus, knit garments need to have a little negative ease, so that the knit fabric can stretch to give you a better over all fit. Size 4 is the size I created and I love the fit!!
Neckline
The color blocking was simple to figure out. I cut the front and back dress templates in half at the waist line and added a 3/8" seam allowance to both pieces. 
inside dress
  • White fabric= front yoke, back yoke, collar and sleeves. 
  • Red fabric= cuffs and the top of the front and back dress templates.
  • Black fabric= the bottom of the front and back dress templates. 

Collar
I did notice that my serger stitching was with white thread and I could see the thread a little at the seams. To make sure the thread color matched the blocking, I used my sewing machine as well as the serger to interlock the stitches. At the end of the pattern instructions, when it was time to hem the dress, I serged the bottom with black thread, ironed the hem 1/2" and returned to my sewing machine to finish up.
sleeve
You could color block the Marianne dress using any colors of your choice. I used three colors here, however you could use two or more. It is fun to try and test out different options when you are color blocking. The cuff detail was another wonderful element of this dress. I used little gold buttons to finish the classic look. Overall this project was a huge success, I recommend this pattern to anyone. It is a timeless classic and easy to make. I can't wait to see the other Marianne dresses! All of the seamstresses are extremely talented, I feel honored to be in the contest. Best wishes and tons of stitches!

20 comments:

Teri Petree said...

Well done! I would wear this to work or out on the weekend. I'm glad you went with solids. Simplicity is beauty!

Heather said...

Love your dress! So classic but still fun. I especially love the buttons on the cuffs.

Kathleen said...

lovely job - the color blocking is beautiful. I'll probably copy!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you so much. I am excited about this dress in my wardrobe. I have been waiting to actually wear it, since we had to take pictures. Now I can wear it as much as I like. LOL

Shannon said...

I love the addition of the third colour blocking panel! Such a great colour combination too - so classic. Good luck!

Barbara Carlon said...

Hi Leah, I love your version of the Marianne Dress! It looks classic yet very contemporary with the great color blocking and choice of fabric. Good luck!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you Shannon. I am having a lot of fun.

Leah Williams said...

Thanks Barbara! Can't wait to see everyones dresses!

sewingmyselfstylish.com said...

Color blocking is a great idea! It creates very flattering overall proportions. Good luck on round two!

michelle @ sewnhenge said...

I love how your color blocking gives it more of a 60's vibe! Nice choice with those bold colors :) Good luck!

Teresa said...

Leah - I love how the color blocking turned out for your dress! It looks so classic with the three colors!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you! Good luck to you too!

redknits said...

I love the color blocking! What a great idea!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

I love the colour blocking on your dress! Such a classic and chic dress! Good Luck in making it to the next round!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you so much! It is so much fun being involved in this sewing competition. I have learn many new skills.

vegetablog said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my community match entry at my blog! I love the color blocking idea for this dress! At first, I didn't think that the Marianne would be a style I would wear, but seeing your version is making me rethink my opinion. Yours looks great-- I love the bold colors you chose.

Becky Thompson said...

I really, really, really like your dress. I love color blocking and this is something that I would buy RTW. It's classic and perfect for you. Looks great!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you!!

Leah Williams said...

Thank you! It looks nice but feels comfortable to wear.

In My Sewing Box said...

Love it! Such a innovative take on this classic design. Good luck with Round Three!