Friday, July 22, 2016

The Carson Dress

If you've been reading my blog or Instagram account, you will know that the silhouette of the Carson Dress is right up my alley. It was a recent release from Paddle Boat Studio.

My first make was to try out the sizing, for which I chose XL.  I used a couple of pieces of linen that I had around to make up the dress.
The XL, I decided, was too big so for my next one, I decided to make the bodice between size L and XL. Actually I needn't bother. I should be size L all the way and it fits me much better in the shoulders too. 

I decided to do the long sleeves for this next one, while losing those pockets and making simple in-seam ones as that was the best use of the limited  (Nani Iro) fabric I had.

I love this version. The length is good on me. Here's a silly face photo, just because I can! 
Final verdict? Love the dress! Will make another one sometime.

I can't believe I've made four posts in one day but I am so glad to cross them off my to-do list! Thanks for stopping by! Happy weekend to you!

17 comments:

  1. The black/white dress looks dramatic and the Nani Iro dress looks really pretty (a fantastic colour). Love the silhouette too. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Caroline! I am undecided about donating the black/white one or altering it. I love my Nani Iro one though! Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. I've enjoyed all your posts. So many wonderful pieces of clothing! I think my favorite is the last one though -- that Carson Dress in that Nani Iro fabric is wonderful!

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  3. Great shape, and fabulous fabric are a winning combination.

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    1. Thanks Louise. Sometimes it takes awhile to find the right fabric for a pattern but it's so worth the wait!

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  4. Love the makes from all four of your posts, especially this and the linen two-piece. Several patterns that are new to me, which I've now looked up; thank you! Lots of lovely makes! Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen. I hope you find a new pattern (or two) to try!

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  5. Wow, these are two wonderful dresses. And I can imagine how great the black and white one looks on you, too.

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  6. Oh, the spotty dress looks so lovely on you, Melissa! It is perfect for your tall, slim shape--you are so lucky to have some height (can I borrow a few inches!?)...

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  7. Love love love the yellow spotty version! You make me want to purchase oodles of fabric from miss matabi! I love to sew but find it next to impossible without a dedicated sewing space and a two year old running around oh and throw in shift work as I'm a registered nurse! I live vicariously through you and your sewing blog!

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    1. Oh, thank you Zerlina, for such a nice comment! I can totally understand how difficult it is for you to sew at this time. I am more than happy to 'oblige' with sewing lots for your viewing pleasure! Your time to sew will come again, I can attest to the truth as to my own experience!

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  8. I just adore that yellow spotty nani iro dress; it's just perfect in every way! :)

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  9. You must have an amazing selection of clothes Melissa. I love the spotty dress, it very much suits you.

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  10. I love the yellow spotted dress, it looks great on you! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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    1. Hi Linda, sorry I missed your comment. I'm glad you like the dress! Spots always gets me! I hope you are still having some nice weather in Montreal!

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  11. Hi Melissa,

    Carson dress is all cut and taped together, about to trace out the L size....did you have to lengthen the skirt part by much? I'm 5'8" tall and want a midi type length dress, i.e. just below the knees. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    And once again...keep up all the sewing, love your blog posts.

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    1. Hi Zerlina, I don't think I lengthened the dress at all. I am 5'11" and it lands somewhere around my knees. Just remember you can always add length when you cut it, then shorten it if you want to afterwards. That's the safe route to take! Good luck!

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