I used a lightweight dark denim fabric that I bought at Rachel’s meetup. At first I thought it was chambray, but on closer inspection - it actually has a diagonal weave, which would make it denim. It really is lovely - a rich dark blue/black colour, which has a liquid sheen to it when the light catches it.
I used red gingham piping on the front and back yoke seams, and at the waist seam. It’s not perfect, a bit uneven in places - if you look closely. I found it quite difficult to decide where to put the piping, or if it was too much or not enough. I think next time I might use piping on the wrap edge instead to accent the cross-over. I think this time I wasn’t too confident about adding piping and trying to sew the facing as well.
This make seemed to take me a long time, although it wasn’t too complex. Doing little bits here and there, amidst distractions and lapses of focus. Working on this dress took many ‘outings’: sewing on Clapham Common; hemming the sleeve on the tube on the way to work; hemming the other sleeve at my desk during my lunch break, and hemming the skirt at the London Dressmakers Club meetup at the Royal Festival Hall.
The adjustments I made were:
- the skirt waist had already been adjusted from my previous shirt dress version, so I adjusted the new bodice seam to match
- cut one size down at the wrap edge of the bodice pieces, so the bodice would be less full
- the bodice facing was a bit short (I cut the wrong size), but after clipping the curve, it was ok
- for the sleeves I used a fraction less seam allowance, as I remembered from my last make, the armholes were a tiny bit tight
When I was adding the piping to the seams I realised that my sewing machine seam allowance markings are in imperial (inches) but I measure in metric (centimetres). I know it’s only a fraction difference, but when you’re trying to insert very skinny piping, it really makes a difference. So now I know!
This dress looks surprisingly smart (for denim) - so I think I could wear it for meetings etc. The red gingham stops it looking too serious - it’s reminds me of candy sticks.
I named this dress after Tom Odell’s amazing “Another Love" from the album "Long Way Down". There are songs that become soundtracks to your life and this one captures the mood during the period I made this dress.