DuBarry 5355 in navy linen progress

I love this pattern and after my earlier attempt, I decided to make it again in a crisp navy linen.

When I made the first one, I had an issue with the fabric that made it drape too much. I thought I sized the pattern wrong. Turns out it was the fabric. When I cut this one out I made sure to prep the fabric rather meticulously:

I overlocked all the pieces. Laid in all the facing for the blouse, belt and ties.

Pressed the darts flat for straighter sewing.

Basted all the gathered sections of the garment that needed it. Stitched the darts. Then started the construction.

I also made sure to pay attention to where I notched and how bulky parts laid. I notched on the sides of gathers so I could fold and press them down properly. Thats something I like doing, because it helps the garment lay so much neater. Notching is awesome!

I even curved up the construction line of the front and its peplum. I get a bit too much dangle from the front fold over of the blouse to my liking, so I curved up their joining seam about 1/4".

Then there is the belted back.

Im determined to have a good belted back. I think it is an amazing look and this dress suit just screams for it. Like with the other one, instead of a regular belt, I did the belted back but sewed in a ties at the sides. I dont know, I really like that.

I did a test fit after I basted the sides of the blouse together and it fits just fine. The linen hangs very well and I love working with it.

The skirt is complete. All I have to do is the hem. Ill finish sewing the blouse tomorrow. I plan on wearing this on the weekend with its matching skirt (finished) and the beret and bag I made. This outfit is for a cocktail party. I loves the cocktails.

10 comments:

  1. Love the dress so far. Do you find that serging the edges makes a big difference? I just got a serger and I think I may take a page out of your book and serge everything.

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  2. YES!
    You should overlock all your pieces. It helps with the longevity of the fabric, and just looks neat and polished. I overlock everything...well, nearly everything.

    Corners are still a bit tricky for me, but Ill get there.

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  3. Looks great so far! I love the way the belted back looks!

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  4. Love it! Especially the back detail. All your careful work is paying off.

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  5. A great classic piece! I love the top-stiching detail!
    Jana

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  6. I have yet to tell you, since I first saw this post last week and seeing you in the completed ensemble this morning how much I frelling LOVE it on you. Congrats on the hard work. You look fabulous!

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  7. This looks great! The belted back is a really lovely detail.

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