March 14, 2012

Darling Ranges Redux, or, things are alway better the second time

Darling Ranges Version 2.0

The Goal: I wanted a comfy and easy to wear dress and because this was the second time I sewed this pattern I finished in half the time!
Darling Ranges Version 2.0

The Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Darling Ranges Dress. You can take a look at my first version for comparison.

Darling Ranges Version 2.0

The Fabric: An Anna Maria Horner voile from The Common Thread (also where these pics were taken!). I worried that the fabric would be transparent but luckily that's not the case. I planned on sewing a half slip for this but maybe I don't need to after all. As for the buttons - sure, they don't really match but I'm starting to realize that I *love* wooden buttons for some reason.

Darling Ranges Version 2.0

The Changes: I incorporated many changes to this version compared to my first. Like the last time I lengthened the bodice by 2in. This time I raised the neckline by about 2in, too. I made sure to stay stitch the neckline (important!). I kept the original skirt length but used a slightly smaller hem than the pattern called for. So the overall length is still a couple inches longer than the pattern is. I'm 5'6" if you're wondering.

I left out the back ties in case I want to wear a belt with it. I added more buttons than necessary for extra "peep protection."

Darling Ranges Version 2.0

I also nixed the elastic arm and chose instead to make a small cuff and gather the sleeve into it. This is just a personal preference. I don't really like the feel of elastic on my arms.

The Results: I love it! I like it a lot more than the other dress, partly due to changes I made but also I really like this fabric.

One difference I noticed between dresses - I think the bust dart is a little short for me on this version. It keeps folding over itself which tells me that the fabric has a mind of its own and is trying to form it own longer dart. Funny because I didn't have this problem with the other dress, perhaps because that fabric was heavier and pulled down more.

Darling Ranges Version 2.0

I can always go back and make the dart longer and I doubt it'll will make the overall bust ease too small. This dress is comfortably roomy at a size M.

***I usually don't make a pattern more than once (ok, there are a couple of exception, like this pattern) but I'm glad I did for this dress. I'll probably make a few more with tweaks to the design here and there because it is such a versatile design!

11 comments:

  1. The dress looks great on you. I used to only make one item from each pattern but I've recently learned that tweeking a known pattern and using different fabric can produce a very different result. (And it saves time!)

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  2. It's gorgeous! Good idea to leave the ties off. It would also look great with a belt in the same fabric. I agree with you about wooden buttons - there's something so wonderful about the texture and the rustic aesthetic.

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  3. looks awesome. I always like to make something twice. It's always better the second time. great job.

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  4. Very cute dress. I have been eyeing the fabric online too. I'm glad to see it on a human for a real sense of scale. I'm glad to hear it isn't sheer too.

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    1. I really like the fabric. Although it's not exactly sheer, I still wouldn't go around wearing hot pink underwear underneath it, if you know what I mean.

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  5. I prefer it when buttons don't match and I love wooden buttons, too! Such a nice dress. Looks like a very wearable piece.

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  6. It's lovely, and you really suit the shape and colour.

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  7. Gorgeous dress! I love this style and the wooden buttons are so cute! Nice pattern :)

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  8. Very cute dress, and such a lovely fabric!

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  9. Really, really cute! Great job! I like your change to the sleeve-- it looks really professional. :)

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  10. I saw your dress at the Common Thread while visiting my aunt in Austin. I loved it and bought the same fabric to make this dress for myself! (I love common thread)

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