Cotton Chloe comes very hot on the heals of my first make
I wasn't intending to make another Chloe so quickly but .... I was in the Fabric Warehouse getting some cotton lining for my super cool geek fabric and spotted this cotton black/purple/cream fabric and just couldn't put it down. I had very good intentions of only walking out with what I had come for - but my will power just wasn't that great.
Before I even got out of the shop I knew that this fabric would be sewn up into another Chloe. I didn't make any changes to the dress itself. The sleeves on the other hand I thought I would remove the excess fabric from the underarm seam. On the first dress I took out 5/8" from the front side panel and back side panel but didn't remove the equivalent from the sleeve seam.
But that was a complete fail and the sleeves were too tight. This was a real shit because I had already hand sewn the lining to the dress around the sleeve seam. On the bright side I hadn't overlocked the raw edge of the sleeve seam, because I had tucked it into the dress before attaching the lining. Just as well I had plenty of the black cotton fabric in my stash, although I hate having to redo things! I should so have learnt my lesson with sleeves by now - obviously Not!
Oh I just about forgot, I also lengthen the hem of the dress 2" more than the pattern. Two reasons:
1. I wanted a deeper hem on this dress than my first which was only 1"
2. I wanted the dress to be about 1" longer than my first.
Yay for a deeper hem but I'm not sure that I really like the length, perhaps just a bit too long for the style? OR maybe it just seem like a lot of print?
Too finish I put wee studs on the pocket tabs. I didn't put any up near the neckline as the pattern suggests as I think they are too small and will get lost against the pattern and I think a nice necklace will be better.
I'm sure this won't be the last Chloe I make either. With summer coming on I think a sleeveless version in a nice light fabric might be in order!
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