The “Everybody Loves Parfait” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: Purple lightweight curduroy (been in my stash for ages–I think I actually bought it in the States and brought it over with me!!): 2.5 yards for £7
Pattern: Colette 'Parfait' pattern
Notions: Two buttons and 1 zipper: £2
Time to complete: 11 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Hmmm…yes, I think so
Total Cost: ~£9
I've been wanting to make a 1940's inspired pinafore for awhile now. When I heard the theme was Colette patterns, I knew this was my chance! I chose the 'Parfait' pattern which features a pinafore/sundress style. I also love the name of the pattern. Whenever David or I hear the word 'parfait' we always think of the movie Shrek and the soliloquy of how everybody loves parfait. It's true–parfait is fantastic (the pattern that is, I love the dessert too).
This is my first time sewing with a modern pattern EVER! Boy was I surprised to find all the instructions. The pattern comes with a nice booklet but what I like even more is that there is a flap in the back to store the pattern pieces (no trying to fit it back into a small envelope).
The instructions were fairly easy to understand. I did stumble at one point and that was joining the midriff front, lining and interfacing all in one go. I've never worked with a pattern that gave you directions on how to line and face at the same time. So it took me a few takes of scratching my head and moving my pattern pieces around to figure it out!
I ended up having to do quite a bit of adjustments…seems I am more of a 'vintage size' than a modern size (i.e. my waist is larger than modern patterns for my bust size but perfect for 1930's silhouettes!) I didn't do a small bust adjustment for this pattern as I knew I was going to wear it primarily as a pinafore and it seemed ok when I fit it. But I think if I did it again, I would do a small bust adjustment. I also added 3.5 inches in length to the dress.
My favorite part? The pockets! Aren't these the cutest things ever? I left the button off because I liked the look better without for the curduroy fabric. The instructions for making these were fantastic! In fact, I might have to add these pockets to other dresses or skirts.
I also played around with doing pin curls in my hair–I like how it turned out! It gives me a sort of 'faux' bangs/fringe. I paired my pinafore with the blouse I made from week 1 (the Coco-inspired blouse). It also matches several of my other me-made blouses.
I love how everyone is doing a spring palette–it's been so much fun to see all the color and sewing inspiration. Here's my version:
I love the color of rich red wine (and the taste too!) and of fresh grass and cherry blossom trees in the sunshine. I'm hoping to step out of my comfort zone a bit in March and explore some new decades–namely the 1960's and 1970's. Just a quick note that I won't be around next week but instead you'll get to see an outfit post from one of the Sewing Circle members. That will be a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing everyone's creations. Happy March everyone (hard to believe it's here already).