4.27.2016

a Toile de Jouy Dress - NewLook Pattern 6370

I have made a new dress out of a favored Toile de Jouy fabric using NewLook Pattern 6370.
A dress that began as a dress for my daughter, Melissa.  Um, yes, you are seeing me here....
.....because she needs dresses and she likes the NEWLOOK 6370 style of dress.  Princess seams front and back, V-neck variation, gathered skirt, sleeves.  She liked this pattern when I brought it home with her in mind..... she seemed to like the fabric on the bolt...
.....but as the construction process was progressing, it was clear she was not in love with this dress.  She was maybe tolerating it because her mother was making it for her.... but not loving it.
As her mother, that was sweet, but I don't want to put a guilt trip on my daughter to 'like' or 'wear' an outfit simply because I made it for her.  I, on the other hand, LOVED this fabric.... always have ever since I purchased it a few years ago from the Home Dec fabric department of I can't remember where.  ;) 
I only knew the fabric as a 'toile'..... and thanks ever so much to SaSa from Alles neu macht der Mai! via an Instagram conversation, she told me my fabric is called Toile de Jouy.  Ever interested in learning new things, toile de jouy was immediately googled to read about this beautiful fabric at wikipedia and learn the correct pronunciation at merriam-webster dictionary.   DesignSponge also wrote an article on its history you can read here.
So, this dress was not made with myself in mind and to be honestly truthful, I've not been sure how I feel about this style of dress for me.  On me. 
It's not the pattern's fault, nor the fabric's fault..... just this particular style always seemed more suited for the younger set? 
Not my age?  Thoughts?!!!
So many, many mistakes were made making this dress that it shall be counted as a grand learning experience in lining and underlining and what not to do.

Made size 14, view A (with no lace overlay) because that's where Melissa's measurements fell.  No modifications to the pattern were made with the exception that I cut the sleeves where I ran out of fabric and they turned out perfect.  Took 1/2" off center back of bodice and skirt and also sewed a 1" seam allowance at center back with the zipper application because at that point I was beginning to realize this dress would probably be mine and it was the only way I could think to alter it a little smaller at that time.  For some reason I went with a regular zipper and am pleased with the topstitching.
Lined... or rather underlined..... with the softest 100% cotton from le stash.  It was meant to be 'lined', but instead ended up as underlining and that was the biggest mistake in making this dress.  The toile fabric and cotton were treated as one at the bodice waist gathering, so it makes the skirt a little stiff.  Treated each separately at the hem and the hem is the barest of hems simply serged and turned up and straight stitched.  At that point I wasn't sure if this dress would be wearable but I still wanted it 'complete'. Below, you can see where I finally made do with the way I put the zipper in.  All wrong.... but from the outside who knows?!
Front and back inside out.  Did not line the sleeves.  Wanting a nice clean finish on the sleeves, machine hemmed with the blind hem stitch feature on my machine.  The more I use that feature, the more I like it.  It is so easy and so fast and produces an almost invisible hem.
In the photo below we'll talk first about the positive..... I was stupendously happy with the fabric's pattern placement.  I got the shepherd and the sheep perfectly centered on the front bodice piece.  The negative.... it seems a little large.  If I ever make this again specifically for myself, I think a 12 would be about right.
Here, below, showing the beautiful princess seams.  I happen to really like princess seams and feel it is a universal flattering look.  You can see where this princess seam is a little 'off' my bust line and not filled out correctly.  Am very pleased with the length of the sleeves though. 
Sooooooo, what have I done with this dress so far?  I've worn it to The Peace Center for the Performing Arts to see a matinee performance of the Broadway play 'Sound of Music' with my family as part of my recent birthday celebration.  Below, I'm standing in front of the Concert Hall entrance.  I took along my coral Burda Jacket and wore little flat shoes because there's always lots of walking in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.
A really nice lady offered to take my family's picture for us.  As I was prepping this photo to incorporate in today's blog post..... taking the time to really 'look' at the three of us..... maybe I can now understand why Melissa did not like this dress.  She has her own unique style that I haven't quite figured out how to help her in that category yet.  ;)
I do like this dress MUCH better with my heeled pumps!  Methinks it is a keeper.
Speaking of my shoes..... love, love, love my LifeStride Parigis!!!  First pair of pumps that look stylish and are so comfortable to wear.
And my carefully tended and planted wildflower garden seems to be doing well this year.  :)
Happy Sewing Everyone!

22 comments:

  1. I think it looks jut fabulous on you Lisa! it's a beautiful feminine style and suits your pretty soft pastel colouring so beautifully. Wear and love it! confident that you look lovely :)

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  2. You should totally wear this dress! I think the silhouette looks great on you, and I don't think you need to have a certain age to wear it! If I had seen the fabric in a store, I would have bet that you'd like it, it is absolutely you!
    I think Melissa just is a different color type, so maybe white, which is a great choice for xou, just isn't for her. I think anything red would look great on her! I'm excited to see what dress it is going to be for her in the end! And btw I think it is great, that you are not disappointed or anything, you're right with not guilting her into the dresd And it does look beautiful on you, I even like the looser fit!

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    1. Thank you Katharina! I know you would be truthful with me and I so very much appreciate your opinion! :)

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  3. It's a beautiful dress, Lisa and suits you and your colouring perfectly. I love Toile de Jouy.

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    1. Thank you Kathy! This has been a favored fabric for me too! :)

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  4. I think it's lovely and it suits you.

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  5. Beautiful dress and you look fantastic in it. Sometimes, you don't feel the garment (if that makes sense) but after a couple of wears it will grown on you, and I hope this is the case. It really does look good on you.

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    1. Agree with your point here, and after I wore it to the play and the entire day I photographed these photos.... it wasn't until the next day I began to think I might feel comfortable wearing it more. And now these lovely compliments are giving me more confidence! Thank You! :)

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  6. Ohhh... I love this dress on you, please wear it more often. You look beautiful :) It's such pretty print and design.

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    1. Love the beautiful family picture :)

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    2. Thank you so much Hana! It's nice to share a little of my family too. :)

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  7. It is totally a keeper! I like this style on you very much. It's a classic look, but just a little bit flirty.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Classic but flirty.... I like that! :)

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  8. What is wrong with you, girlie?! You bring up so many negatives about this dress . . . and you look fabulous in it! You may have had to make a few tweaks to it that you wouldn't normally do, but the end product is great. It's a very classic style (to my mind) and is in no way "too young" for you.

    If you had worn Melissa's outfit out in public, we may have had to have a little talk with you. On her, at her age, it's perfect and she looks lovely. In a few years, she may be asking to borrow your beautiful Toile de Jouy dress! :o}

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Mama Pea! Oh my goodness, I am so waiting for the day she asks to borrow my clothes! That would be something!! :)

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  9. I can see that this is not Melissa's style - she is more classic in the french way, and you are more classic in the feminine way. Nowadays this word (feminine) has dropped from the lexicon, because that is not the way we are meant to be anymore! It used to exist as a style category.

    So anyway, back on topic - you - the dress is lovely, and there is nothing wrong with the look inside at all - wear it and enjoy it!

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    1. Oh my goodness, she would LOVE to know she is more classic in the french way as she loves all things french! She even took french in college because she wanted to learn the language! Thank you ever so much Sarah Liz! :)

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  10. This dress looks fabulous on you and you definitely should wear it. I don't know when the style rules changed to say that anyone over the age of forty shouldn't wear an attractive dress, but I deplore it. And I'm in favour of fighting against it! Where I live, all older women seem to have a uniform of trousers and often shapeless tops. It's one reason why I started sewing again; for a bit of choice. Definitely wear this dress. I agree fully with Sarah Liz, and it suits your style perfectly. Thanks for the info about the lining btw. Trish S

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