Voom, Voom, Violet

11.20.2014

Hey folks, I'm standing out on this patio in my sheath dress wondering when the cocktails will arrive. What? This is a state park and open bottles are frowned upon.  Well I never! I'll have you know that Smoky the Bear invited me personally and he mixes a mean chocolate martini. Only you can prevent forest fires and sobriety.
While I'm waiting for Smoky to bail me out of the drunk tank, let's talk about the dress. I'm wearing the newest pattern from Bluegingerdoll, the Violet dress.  This was actually the first ponte dress that was sewn during the Fall. The one that got me thinking about adding a few ponte pieces to my cold weather wardrobe.

Like the Bonnie pattern, you get a few mix and match elements with Violet. Choice of short straight skirt, long straight skirt, or flared circle skirt and 3 sleeve lengths.  You can see them all over on the Bluegingerdoll blog if you've got the itch. I've sewn a straight View A, long straight skirt with 3/4 length sleeves out of some rayon ponte. Queue the technical sketch!
Boom! You know I have a torrid love affair with technical sketches. That way you can see the yoke detail without squinting.  The separate yoke gives you a color blocking option or added visual interest in a solid colored fabric.  A little extra pizazz if you will.
Fitting changes I made to the pattern were...
- Standard Forward shoulder adjustment of 1/2".
- Sway back adjustment of about a 1/2". I could go back and take a bit more out there.
On a second version I'd probably narrow the back waist a bit or put some darts in since some fabric is pooling over my sway back.
Quick side bar discussion about ponte - After making a few things out of ponte fabrics of various fiber contents, I'm going to stick to rayon based ponte.  For one they feel really nice next to the skin. I can't say that about the polyester ponte used in the Nettie hack here.  Rayon ponte also is more forgiving on the lower half of my body.  The skirt widths are exactly the same size between Violet and the Nettie hacks, but I consider the Nettie to be too tight.  I'm happy with the fit on the Violet skirt in a rayon ponte. It shows some curves, but not more than I'm comfortable with. Side bar discussion closed. 

Getting back to the pattern, I would recommend ponte or another stable knit for the straight skirt versions.  For the flared skirt version, there's no reason you can't pull out some regular jersey and make yourself a swishy skirt. The only other notion you need for this is some clear elastic to sew over the bust gather. All in all it's a 2 hour sewing project once the fitting is worked out.

Violet is now available over in the shop as a PDF, with the paper version to arrive soon. If you're interested the code "Violet" will give you 10% off until 11/26. Until then I'll be staring at the horizon for Smoky the Bear.

P.S. Somehow Abby and I shared a hive mind and made this view in almost the exactly same color blue. Quite a feat considering this ponte has been in my stash 2+ years.

20 comments:

  1. You're adorable and I love your accessorizing. I like the dress. The color is great on you.

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  2. Great looking dress and thanks for the tip about the ponte.

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  3. Babe alert!!! This looks great on you!

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  4. www.tresbienensemble.comNovember 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    *Clink* A toast to you! This dress fits beautifully and the color is gorgeous. Thanks for the pro-tip on ponte, also.

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  5. Only you can prevent forest fires and sobriety! LOL! That's fab! So is your gorgeous new dress - you look amazing, of course!

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  6. You are a great seamstress! This outfit looks so amazing on you! :)

    ~Bristol
    colourmebristol.blogspot.com

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  7. What a gorgeous dress, it looks incredible on you!!

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  8. You look fabulous in this silhouette!

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  9. HAA HAA HAA! Who can resist that hat? He's just so jaunty looking that I long to be in his bear embrace.

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  10. Thank you Maeve. I loved the fabric you used on your Violet, the colors were so dreamy.

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  11. Thanks Sarah. That line was too funny not to write. Now I think we need Smoky the Bear fan fiction.

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  12. Thanks Ginger. What kind of sound would a babe alert be? Ahhhh wooooga?

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  13. Thank you Michelle. Think I'm still a newbie with figuring out ponte. It will probably mock me in the near future. LOL

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  14. Thanks Miss Celie. :) Leopard shoes seemed a lot more fun than navy shoes.

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  15. Thank you Lori. Think I have quiet a lot more to learn about ponte, that tricksy trickster.

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  16. Thank you Bristol. :) I should take a page for your book and make the next one bright and colorful.

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  17. Thanks Erin. Have to save this for bombshell days. ;)

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  18. Thank you Antonella. It's super comfy too. :)

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  19. Thank you Heather. Hey we can talk about leopard belts any day of the week. #proleopard.

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  20. I love this color! no surprise I guess if I tell you I have some in my stash!? Looking fabulous lady!!

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