Nearly forgotten – Fall for Cotton

Yeah, it rhymes 🙂

Maybe some of you remember. Last autumn Rochelle and Tasha hosted a Fall-for-Cotton-Sew Along. It is already march now, but maybe some of you still remember.
In fact, I managed to finish the dress in time (deadline was september 30th), maybe you saw my final result in the Flickr-group or Rochelle’s final slideshow.
But though I finished the dress, what I didn’t finish was the matching bolero. Days before the deadline I headed to a conference meeting in Lyon, flying from France directly to London for a job interview, came back to Bern after one week only to work the next day, on whose’s evening my dad arrived to help us with moving from our old flat to the one we have been living in for a couple of months now.
As you can imagine, I didn’t have much time to sew at all and with the temperature dropping my motivation to finish a summer’s dress wasn’t as high as it should have been.

But the bolero didn’t need that much work anymore and so one afternoon in winter I was destined to finally finish it, only to realize that I had no idea where I had put the last piece to be attached to the bolero’s hem. It took me some more weeks to find it and so I finally made it without any further catastrophes.
That all happened back in january and now, only a very short time afterwards (cough, attention, sarcasm) I managed to photograph the result.

laughing or dazzled?

I already showed you the fabrics I used, a comparably stiff purple cotton and an old duvet cover printed with purple and brown roses. To line the bodice I used a white cotton batiste.

It ws one of the rare occasions where I worked with a pattern that had the seam allowances included, but it worked surprisingly well. I changed literally nothing (partly because I rarely do and often realize too late, what should have been changed, but mostly because I have difficulties to imagine the outcome of cutparts with the seam allowance included. I know, many draw the actual seam line themselves, but that means to double the work at my most loathed step in sewing, transfering the pattern to the fabric, no option for me 😉 ).

the neckholder closes with two white fabric-covered buttons

I have to admit, the fit is not as perfect as could be and I have to pay attention which bra I wear, because the bodice is a little too large around the bust, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a good push-up. 😀


The skirt consists of four parts that add up to a wide, but not a full circle skirt.
First I planned to shorten it considerably to end just below the knees, but then I loved the idea of having a real tea-length-dress. And knowing I will only wear it with heels, I don’t need to fear to look too short. In the photos I am wearing a small petticoat underneath.

un-elegant attempt to show you the width of the hem

The belt is not attached to the dress. I don’t like the untidy look of it and though I do like the idea of avoiding a too cute bow, to me it looks as if I ran out of fabric. Maybe I will arrange the knot and sew it close, adding a press fastener or hooks and eyes closing to the back (more likely: I will leave it like this and will complain about it as long as I own the dress).

where is my belly button? I know I saw it right here…

Now I only have to wait until next summer, but with the temperature rising outside I am positive that it won’t be too long. Today it was at least not too cold to wear it, though I was happy to stand in the sun.

Maybe I am a vampire at last, cursing sun already at the first spring day…

But honestly it was much too bright. I had the choice between standing in the shadow or being blinded by sunlight. All the photos needed massive photoshopping because on most of them the skirt seemed almost white. And you can clearly see that it was too bright, looking at my >.<-face.

(dress and bolero: ette/Simplicity 7218, necklace: gift, petticoat: Blutsgeschwister, white shoes: Siemes-Schuh-Center, purple shoes: Diesel, fragrance: 4711 Eau de Cologne Lavender & Thyme)


PS: Needless to say I was unable to decide what shoes to wear and therefore chose both 😉

see you soon,

love, ette

7 thoughts on “Nearly forgotten – Fall for Cotton

  1. So cute! Love the pattern and the fabric (in fact, I had a dress made out of a similar print as a child). I think I might have to pick up this pattern too.

    Have you considered doing sew-in bra cups for dresses like these? You might recall I did them in my Rantin’ and Raven dress, and I think it turned out pretty well.

  2. Thank you very much. I read your post about your dress and really didn’t even consider sewing in bra cups. It really is a great idea and hopefulle will help to fit the dress a lot better, thank you!

  3. Aloha Ette,
    mhh schniekes Kleidchen, auch wenn violett nun nicht zu meinen liebsten Farben zählt aber so hat jeder seinen eigenen Geschmack=)
    Kurz und knapp, dir stehts ungemein gut!
    Hihi, Blue Hawaii war auf den Film von Elvis bezogen. Mir geht der Film einfach nicht mehr aus dem Kopf, weil er so herrlich kitschig war bzw. ist^^ und deshalb der Titel=)
    Die Anmerkung mit den Schuhen find ich gut, welche Farbe würdest du vorschlagen?
    Rote Schuhe besitze ich leider nicht =7

    lieben Gruß Jen=)

  4. Hi Ette,

    Somehow your blogposts don’t appear in my blogreader 🙁 So I missded all your lovely makes. I don’t know where the start. Your fall for cotton ensemble looks amazing! The dress is soo pretty. And I also love your coat! Great details! And of course the Lutterloh slip dress! Amazing! Did you have any difficulties with drafting/fitting the pattern?

    I feel so bad I missed all your finished projects. I shall see if i can find another way to read your blogposts

  5. Dankeschön!
    Ah, stimmt da war was. Ich hab den Film nie gesehen, daher hab ich den Verweis wohl nicht verstanden.
    Normalerweise sagt man so als Regel, die Schuhe sollten zur Tasche passen, aber ich finde solang die Farbe irgendwo wiederkehrt ist das nicht so eng zu sehen. Dein Kleid hat in den Blüten eine ganze Reihe Gelb- und Beige-Töne und der Koffer den du trägst ist braun. Also irgendwo in dem Farbfeld vielleicht? Alternativ kannst du vielleicht auch einen Gürtel passend zu den Schuhen wählen, dann ginge schwarz für beides durchaus, oder grün wär auch toll.
    Sorry, ich bin ein Farbnerd, ich könnt mich ewig von einer Lichtquelle zur anderen bewegen und mich beschweren, dass die Töne einen Hauch anders sind (auch bei dem Kleid jetzt, die lila Schuhe sind etwas böaustichiger und die Schuhe etwas zu abgetönt. Tja, ich komm nicht dagegen an 😉

  6. Thank you so very much.
    Well, the Lutterloh-dress wasn’t that complicated, one front and one back, the darts I made myself. So I won’t count this as a real Lutterloh-experience. Fitting was easy but the pattern is, too. I didn’t have any problems at all and I love the drafting method. But I think I still need to gather some more experience to can tell about results or things I learnt. The little I learned I wrote in the post. I think my favourite tip really is to enlarge the pattern, it makes it so much easier.
    You are not the first one to tell me, that my new posts don’t appear (do you use bloglovin, too?). I think I figured out where the problem is, but my IT-skills are too limited to solve this on my own, but I am searching for someone who can help me and hope it will work better, soon.
    If you are on facebook you can follow me (you don’t have to become a friend and I can’t see who just follows), I link to my blog posts publicly, so you can keep track on this way.

  7. Aloha Ette,
    es klappt, hurra, es klappt, ich kann deinen Blog wieder ganz normal lesen=)
    Ich danke dir erstmal ganz herzlich für die lieben Tipps, dafür bin ich immer dankbar=)
    Hihi, mittlerweile besitze ich beige Schuhe, da könnt ich die dann ganz gut kombinieren.
    Was, du bist ein Ruhrpottkind?
    Dann müsste ich dir eigentlich mal ein liebevolles Ruhrpottpäckchen fertig machen und ab in die Schweiz damit:-)
    Aber nein, den aus dem Diner in essen meinte ich nicht. Ich meinte den aus dem Star Chief Diner in Gelsenkirchen, wobei der aus dem Diner in Essen auch köstlich ist;-)
    Wenn dich mal wieder das große Heimweh plagt und du zufällig hier in der Nähe bist, sag doch mal bescheid, würde mich wahnsinnig freuen.
    wünsche dir ein wunderbares Wochenende

    lieben Gruß Jen

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