And it was called yellow – last dress of winter

* I moved to WordPress, I used to blog over at . I changed because I prefer the comments handling and layout options better here *

*** BTW Sorry for the uninspired post, but I am currently nursing a hangover… Like Heather from the Great British Sewing Bee would say, I drowned in a bucket of gin(-tonic) last night…  ***

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A lot of sewing has been going on around here, taking pictures just isn’t really happening right now. A combination of drab weather and workload of my husband-photographer are the main reasons.

So far I have made 2 Anna’s, one shirt for my man, an Albion, two man-trousers which were an absolute fail, a muslin for my Bossy-challenge and this Peony. The rest will eventually get up here, I just can’t say when… I have ordered a few patterns online and bought burda’s and patrones magazines and made a lot of future sewing plans and am working on my first Cambie dress. I’m really excited to see how that turns out…

This is my third Peony so far, you can see the others here and here. So that makes this my most used pattern, and I love every single version! This is the last thing I sew for winter, it’s about time the temperature goes up and the sun shouldn’t play hide and seek behind the clouds anymore…

For this one I used a yellow coloured wool I found on a remnants table somewhere. I love to sew with wool, it’s very well-behaving under the machine and presses really easily, and it is a dream to wear.

I wanted to do something different for the third Peony, a little pattern hack if you will, so I changed the back zipper for a button closure. To do this, I just extended the pattern piece with 1 cm at the center back seam and then lined the entire bodice. The new center back sits at 0.5 cm from the edge so that is where I put the buttonholes. If you want, you can just do the same for the skirt part as well.

I have wanted to use trim for a long time now, and I found this green sparkly trim in a haberdashery around the corner from my house. The lady behing the counter is super friendly, so first I made her pull out all kinds of trim in green and purple. After I finally decided on the bling, I wanted coördinated buttons, so she just kept pulling out box after box of green buttons. She told me to take my time, while she was busy with other customers. I think I was in there for over an hour before I finally decided on the buttons…

The waistband on my dress is 80cm and one leaf of the trim is 5 cm, so there was no tricky business involved in matching the pattern on the sideseam. I realized last week that I am now more demanding when it comes to my sewing. I was thinking of wearing a skirt I made a few years ago, but in the end left it in the closet because the total lack of pattern matching was driving me out of my mind. I think that skirt will make a trip to the second hand store real soon.

I didn’t gather the skirt because of the weight of the wool, but I made pleats instead. Luckily when doing the math for the pleats, I wasn’t hung over…

The plan was to put a zipper in the side seam but because of the bulk of the trim (the shinies are sewn to a felt base and is pretty thick) I couldn’t get it to sit right and close at the same time, so I left out the zipper. This makes it impossible for me to put on the dress on my own. It is also impossible to put on the dress while wearing underwear. I don’t have a picture of the process, but there is a lot of grabbing and tugging on body parts involved. Thank God I decided to make useable buttonholes and not just sew a fake buttonplacket…

A lot of love has been invested in the making of this dress. And yes, you can replace the word ‘love’ with ‘hand-sewing’ in that sentence. The trim is sewn on by hand, the buttons of course, the hem is blind-hemmed by hand -I couldn’t be bothered to get my machine out, change the tread and figure out again how the machine blind hem is done- , the zipper was sewn in by hand before I ripped it out again and the lining from the bodice is sewn to the waistseam by hand… I actually love the whole hand-sewing thing. At first it bothers the crap out of me, but after a while, I find it relaxing and I get a great feeling of accomplishment when I finish something by hand.

These pictures were taken at one of our favourite spots in the city, the lighthouse at Cabo Mayor. There is a great walk from the beach up to the lighthouse and the view from up there is spectacular. The best moment is when the sun is setting behind the lighthouse, absolutely breathtaking!

25 thoughts on “And it was called yellow – last dress of winter

  1. what a lovely dress, the colour is perfect, and shops where you are made to feel welcome and to take your time choosing are a rare treat these days.

    1. Thanks! And yes, those shops are a rarity. And the best part was that she had all these old cardboard-boxes with a few buttons sewn on the lid, but when you opened the box, it was filled to the brim with little plastic bags full of buttons and loose buttons. I felt like a kid in a candy store!

  2. Hey Wendy, fijn om je in WordPress te zien! In een “andere leven” had ik ooit een blogspot blog maar ik ben het mee eens met jou, de WordPress “experience” is beter.

    Je ziet het schitterend uit in deze jurk. Mooie foto’s! Je ziet eruit als Kate Middleton met je zonnebrillen (dit is bedoeld als een compliment 🙂

    De Peony is een van mijn lievelings patroon en ik zou er ook verschillende versies van maken want het is zo’n parel van een jurk. You rock girl!

    1. Hey Rosângela, bedankt! En als je mij vergelijkt met Kate Middleton, dan vind ik dat een enorm groot compliment 😀 , dat doet mij zeer veel plezier!
      En ja, de Peony, als er nu 1 jurk is die alles heeft wat mijn persoonlijke stijl is, dan is het wel de Peony… Er zijn maar weinig patronen die ik zo fantastisch vind… X

    1. Yes! give it a try, it’s a great pattern! And yes, I will be there on Sunday after sailing! I broke my phone so I’m not on Whatsapp and don’t know all the details, but Oiane is keeping me up to date on Facebook… I’ll try to wear another new dress on Sunday 😉 x

  3. First of all: I’m so glad you moved to WordPress! Makes it much easier for me to follow and comment (with my wordpress app) :).
    And second, I love this dress so much! The color looks so good on you, it makes me want to try mustard myself. Although your skin and hair are probably a little darker than mine… I particularly love the button closure. Just… Lovely!!

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks! I really love the button closure as well, and it’s actually super easy to do. Minimum effort, maximum impact! And yes, WordPress makes commenting really much much easier! It was the main reason for changing.

    1. Thanks! At first I wasn’t really sure about the colour, I thought it kind of drained the colour out of my skin, but looking at the pictures, I really like it as well. The button-closure wasn’t really that much work, it’s definitely that I will be doing a lot more, I love the look of back-buttons.

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