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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Roberts Collection Redcurrant Dress

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have heard me wax lyrical about this pattern by Marillia Walker before. The Roberts Collection is a set of patterns for a jumpsuit, dungarees, a Dungerdress in two lengths, and a top.



Before now the only thing I've made from this pattern are the dungarees - and I've made no less than 4 pairs to date. My first pair I made from the dark denim that Marilla suggests in her blog post here and wore for my birthday surprise trip to London in February. I added pockets and contrast top stitching for a retro feel.



The second pair I made from a floral stretch twill (which unfortunately shrunk in the wash after one wear - I've now learnt my lesson to pre-wash!). 



The third pair I made from a gorgeous floral crepe jersey from the Textile Centre on EBay. I didn't know how these would turn out in jersey, but they are actually my favourite pair, they're so comfy! 



The last pair I made in the summer were from a 6oz light wash denim from my local fabric shop at the time, Kayes Textiles. I wanted a pair I could wear on sunny days without getting too hot, and the lightweight denim was perfect. I distressed the fabric in places with sandpaper and I really loved how they came out.



When Autumn started rolling in, I stocked up on some autumnal fabrics from my favourite online fabric shop - Fabwork Mills. One of the fabrics I got was the redcurrant sparkle wool/silk suiting fabric. I wasn't too sure what exactly I would make with it at first, it's a far more saturated colour than I would normally wear. I thought I'd try stepping out of my comfort zone completely and make the shorter version of the Dungerdress. Seeing as I loved the Dungerees so much, I figured I couldn't go too wrong with the dress.

In regards to construction, I made it as per the instructions, which are very straightforward and easy to follow. I self lined the front bodice and back bodice. For the pockets I lined them using this gorgeous cotton which is actually from a duvet set that I got from a charity shop. The colour is the percent match for the Redcurrent suiting. The Redcurrant suiting itself is really lovely to work with, it has body but is still lightweight enough to get a good drape on the skirt. It'll be perfect to wear with a roll-neck, tights and boots in the colder months, and with a tshirt and Birkenstocks in the summer. Far more versatile than I originally banked on.




A note on sizing. I cut a size 5 which is what I normally cut in the Dungerees (bar the lightweight denim pair which I cut as a 4 as I'd lost a little weight in the summer). It is a little more snug around my hips than I would normally like, and the front of the top seems a little big. I think this is just down to my body shape really. I'm slightly pear shaped (my hourglass was compromised after growing two babies!) and with this type of garment I don't think it would look right to grade it in at the waist. Maybe I could have chosen a size 4 on top and graded out to a 5 on the bottom half? I also could have gone with a heavier fabric. If I'd gone with a denim, it would perhaps sit better on the top and hang better on the bottom. Maybe it's just me being overly self critical. I never wear a-line skirts, or skirts of this length, or colours like this, so maybe it just needs some getting used to. For the photos I wore my cat print Rio tshirt from my previous post (the photos were taken in a rush on the same day and didn't have time to think about a different top), but I don't think it's the best choice to go with the dress.



Overall, I like this dress. I still prefer the Dungerees, but that's just my personal preference of trousers over skirts. I will probably try this dress in a denim at some point in the future and add pockets, which is more my usual style, but it's good to try something different. One thing I love the most about sewing my own is that I get to play around with fabrics and styles and really work out my own personal fashion vibe.




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