Sureau dress Like a Dandy

Pattern: Sureau dress by Deer and Doe
Size: 40, with alterations
Alterations: I altered this pattern significantly during the sewalong I did in 2012. The look is pretty much the same, but I added a bust dart.
Fabric: a FANTASTIC cotton batiste called "Like a Dandy", designed by Atelier Brunette and purchased from my lovely sponsor Supercut.

When my lovely boyfriend made me the ultimate birthday present, a coupon from Supercut, I went straight for the Atelier Brunette fabrics, over which I had been pining for months.
Now, these fabric are very expensive for my standards (but much like Liberty, SO WORTH every cent), so I knew I wasn't gonna experiment with them, and go with T'n'T patterns instead.

My first pairing was one of my favoritest dress patterns, the Sureau by Deer and Doe, with the extremely cute bows of "Like a Dandy". Perfect marriage much?

At this point, there's not much more I can say about the Sureau dress: I made it three times (1, 2, 3) and even hosted a sewalong with Eléonore to make it (if you want to make one for yourself, there's all the information you'll need).


Oh yes, just because the bows on the dress aren't enough, I'm also wearing a bow in my hair 'cause I'm cheesy that way.
And I was actually thinking of creating a little tutorial for it, because it's a pretty great scrap buster for me. 

Now, a few details of the dress:

... and finally, to answer the question you were about to ask: what's with the cute puppy?
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know (because I'm posting some massive puppy spam over there), but this little bundle of joy is called Dora and she's our new family member. 

When my previous dog passed away in November, she left such a void in my life, that I wanted to go and adopt a new pet immediately. But then my family convinced me to wait until Spring, because we can't keep dogs in the house and a harsh, snowy winter is not a good time to get a pet used to their new home.
In the meantime, a friend of my father told us that he bred his Border Collie, and asked us if we wanted a puppy. I've always had a huge soft spot for Border Collies, so I couldn't say no! I want to stress the fact that this was a gift, though, as I would never spend money to buy a dog, when shelters are full of lovely creatures to adopt. 

Bloopers XD
Dora has been with us for three weeks, and while she can be high maintenance (she wants to play ALL THE TIME. And she bites. A LOT.), I am completely in love with her and looking forward to all the time we'll spend together. I started some basic training with her and I'm so proud of her already.

So I hope you won't mind seeing her popping up on IG from time to time and over here to help me model new projects (and if you do, I'm sorry, but something's wrong with you! She's the cutest puppy ever! :D ).

Taglia: 40, con modifiche
Modifiche: Ho modificato parecchio il modello nel corso del sewalong  fatto nel 2012. L'aspetto del modello è pressoché invariato, ma ho aggiunto una pince al busto.
Tessutouna FANTASTICA batista di cotone chiamata "Like a Dandy", design di Atelier Brunette e acquistata dal mio mitico sponsor Supercut

Quando il mio adorato ragazzo mi ha fatto il perfetto regalo di compleanno, un buono da Supercut, mi sono fiondata sui tessuti Atelier Brunette, sui quali sbavavo già da parecchio.
E visto che questi tessuti sono parecchio costosi per i miei standard (ma come il Liberty, valgono ASSOLUTAMENTE il prezzo), sapevo che non mi sarei buttata su qualcosa di sperimentale, bensì su dei modelli amati e consolidati.

La mia prima accoppiata è stata tra i carinissimi fiocchetti del tessuto "Like a Dandy" e il mio adorato abito Sureau di Deer and Doe. Matrimonio perfetto!

A questo punto, non ho più molto da dire su questo modello. L'ho fatto tre volte (123) e ho persino co-curato con Eléonore un sewalong (in cui ci sono tutte le istruzioni di cui potete aver bisogno se volete provare a farlo).

E ovviamente, poiché non ci sono abbastanza fiocchi sul vestito, ne indosso uno anche nei capelli...
Tra l'altro, stavo pensando di preparare un tutorial su come fare questi fiocchetti, poichè a me piace molto portarli e sono un ottimo modo per eliminare i pezzetti di tessuto residui.
Ora, qualche dettaglio dell'abito:

... e per concludere, la risposta alla domanda che stavate per fare: da dove arriva quell'adorabile cagnolino?

Se mi seguite su Instagram, lo saprete già (perchè sto spammando duro con foto del cane), ma questa ciofolina si chiama Dora ed è il nuovo membro della famiglia.

Quando il mio cane è morto a novembre, ha lasciato un vuoto immenso, tanto che avrei voluto immediatamente adottarne un altro. La mia famiglia mi ha convinto ad aspettare la primavera, perchè non possiamo tenere cani in casa e un inverno freddo e nevoso non è il periodo migliore per abituare un animaletto a una nuova casa.
Nel frattempo, un amico di mio padre ha fatto accoppiare il suo Border Collie e ci ha chiesto se volevamo un cucciolo. Ho sempre adorato questa razza, perciò non ho proprio potuto dire di no! Però, vorrei specificare che si è trattato di un regalo: sono il tipo di persona che non spenderebbe MAI soldi per comprare un cane, quando ci sono canili interi pieni di creaturine adorabili da adottare. 

Bloopers XD
Dora è con noi da tre settimane, e anche se può essere impegnativa da gestire (vuole giocare tanto. SEMPRE. E morde parecchio), io sono già innamoratisima di lei e non vedo l'ora di passare più tempo possibile con lei. Abbiamo iniziato ad addestrarla con qualche comando di base e ne sono già orgogliosissima.

Perciò spero vi farà piacere vederla spuntare ogni tanto su IG e qui sul blog, ad aiutarmi a mostrarvi i miei nuovi progetti! 

Black and White Sureau

Do you recognize this fabric?
This black and white polyester satin was shot in most of the sew-along construction posts!

It was a fabric quite hard to work with and the fabric snob in me cringes at the thought of polyester, but it was inexpensive (without looking so), it's durable, easily washable and I really liked the graphic print (which reminds me of this dress).

It's not a dress as special as the one I showed you in last post, but I'm really happy with it. This is what I meant when I said that the Sureau pattern is the perfect every-day dress for me: girly, comfy, easy to wear and to style.

This version is as basic as it gets, that's why I didn't take any detail photos. I used my modified bust pattern with the bust dart, and as you can see, it creates a less dramatic gathering at the center front.

Nothing much to add: no embellishments, no buttons, what you see is what you get!

I wish you all a great weekend!
I'll definitely enjoy some family time in my beautiful hometown.

Doe-printed Sureau

Hello, new favorite dress!

I've had this silk with tiny does and polka dots printed on it for a very long while, but boy, it was worth the wait!
This is without a doubt my favorite Sureau out of three I sewed (actually four, if you count the one I made before the sew-along) and I see myself wearing it for a long time.

A few details on the alterations I made to the dress:

 The fit: here you can see how I altered the pattern to fit my bust.
For this dress in particular, I rotated the bust dart into the gathering portion. This created a LOT of bust gathering, which is my only regret about this dress. I much prefer the look of the side dart with less bust gathers.
I also lowered the gathers about 3cms, there was too much fullness above my breasts and it wasn't flattering. Maybe my bust is a little lower than average? Working so much on fit can make you really paranoid about yourself really easily...

✄ Alterations: I added a small peter pan collar using Eléonore's tutorial. The dress is fully lined (tutorial here). I added some elastic to the sleeves (using the hem as casing) because they were a bit too loose for my taste.

✄ Final thoughts: as I said, I love this dress so much. One of my favorite details are the sheer sleeves.
This dress also makes me feel like I totally conveyed ME and my style into something I created and it's an awesome feeling. If you sew your own clothes, you know what I'm talking about.

On another note, and I hope I don't sound narcissistic, but I missed taking photos of a finished garment SO much after a month of sew-along, the whole the process from getting dolled-up to editing the photos.

I went shooting in my favorite place, the "entrance" of the forest-y area behind my parents' house (which you have already seen here, here, here and in many more posts) and there was this amazing light, very crisp and ethereal at the same time. I wish it was always like that!

Ma première robe Sureau

What better way to get prepared for the sew-along than to show you my first go at this wonderful pattern?

To make this dress, I used some mystery fabric that had been in my mother's stash for years. I think it's a poly blend, but neither of us really can tell.
Anyway, I really loved the subtle drape and the colors of this fabric: brown and beige with hints of purple, so perfect for Autumn.


Let me tell you: it wasn't by chance that I wanted to have a sew-along for this pattern, it's because I love it SO MUCH.
It's my exact idea of the perfect every day dress: cute and feminine, but practical and easy to wear. Every girl should have at least one dress like this one.
It's also an extremely versatile pattern, and my head is bursting with ideas on how to transform it.

Even though I made a muslin before cutting the dress, I ended up with quite a bit of gaping in the neckline (you can sorta see it in the photo above).
Eléonore kindly suggested me to straighten the shoulder line (green basted seam in the second photo, sorry for the quality) to correct this issue, and it worked like a charm!
But I won't go into too much detail, we'll have lots and lots of time to discuss fit during the sew-along.
By the way, are you joining us? :)

Sureau Sew-along