Drapey dress

Hello there,
today I am sharing my very last makes of 2015!

First up a drapey dress included in the book Fashion with Fabric, by the authors of The Great British Sewing Bee.

 

I fell in love with this dress since it appeared in the book blog tour, and have been hunting the perfect fabric for a long time. Finally I found the exact grey Ponte di Roma I was looking for. It was in Toto Tissus in Toulouse and the price was affordable.

 

I cut a size M and made no modifications. The fit on the model was quite generous and I was ever so afraid of the potato sack effect. We all know boxy designs don’t compliment my silhouette (or lack thereof).

I now think I should have graded to an L at the hips in order to make the fit more fluid on me, cause looking at the pictures I have the impression that the dress stops at the hips and a lot of fabric is kept at the waist, giving a not so nice pregnant lady effect, especially when you are not pregnant.
Oddly enough I don’t hate the back view, which almost never happens to me. It was my first time sewing Ponte di Roma and I truly enjoyed it!
 
The two main features of the dress are the generous inseam pockets and the asymmetric front design. They don’t show in this fabric and in these pictures, but you have to trust me that in real life they are amazing features and I have received a lot of compliments.

I made this dress at the beginning of November and it has been ever since in constant rotation, with brogues or boots, under a cardigan or directly under the coat, given the mild autumn and winter here in Toulouse. I brought it to Italy for Christmas holidays and I have enjoyed it a lot!

Despite the fitting issue I love it and I might make it again!
A nice side note is that all the pictures of this dress were taken by Anne Lise and Magalie. Thanks girls!
Now for the very last make of 2015, you have some awful bathroom selfies. Sorry but this is a present and I finished it quite last minute, so I definitely had no time for proper pictures.
Well, it is a snood/cowl I made for my friend Manu. She can wear it all folded, over the head or over the shoulders.
Construction-wise is quite simple, just endless 1×1 ribbing and a few augmentations towards the end. The pattern is free on Ravelry.
When she opened the present she loved it and the look on her face made me so happy!

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