Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Navy Lily Dress


I'm a sucker for solids. I mean I love a good polka dot and floral fabric, but I do gravitate towards solids a lot. I've been wanting to make the Lily dress in Navy for quite some time. I've just put it aside for other patterns, but I do like the simplicity and fit of the Lily dress. The Lily dress is my ideals silhouette and pattern.



I did make some alterations/adjustments to this dress. I've made these adjustments after I made my first purple and pink Lily, pre-blogging days. I didn't add the neck flaps, pocket flaps, or the vent in the back.  I wanted a narrower strap to make it slightly modern, so I took out 3/4 inch from the straps. I added 5/8 inch to the waist. I think I can add more. 



Let's talk FBAs! I added 1/2 inch FBA following the tutorial for the Georgia Sew Along. It works for the Georgia dress, but the Lily is different. It's not like I don't know how to do a FBA on princess seams, I was LAZY! Oh, well, you live, and you learn I guess. I'm not sure if it's the pattern itself or because of my faulty FBA. I think it's the latter. I had to take out 1 inch from the neck line to 0 at the waist. I don't remember doing this for my first Lily at all. 


On my next version, I'm going to fix the FBA, lower the bust apex just a smidgen, and take it in a bit at the bust. I might lower the neckline a bit. GASP! I think I want to lower it by 3/4 inch just above my bust. Something else I might try is turning it into a slight sweetheart neckline. 


I'm proud to say that this dress is fully lined. I love a fully lined dress. I don't have to worry about finding my half slip and my half slip always rides up. I hate it. The bodice is lined with the main fabric and the skirt is lined with Bemberg. This is my favorite way to line a dress.

Pattern: Lily by Colette Patterns
Size: 4
Alterations: Faulty FBA, 5/8 inch to the waist, narrowed straps by 3/4 inch, no pocket flap, no neck flap, no vent.
Fabric: Michael Levine

18 comments :

  1. This is such a beautiful dress! It's perfect for warm summer nights. I particularly like the idea of a sweetheart neckline and look forward to seeing your next version :)

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    1. Thank you! I think it's perfect for So. Cal weather, at least for this year. I'm excited for the sweetheart neckline too. Hopefully I'll get to make it soon, I just need to find the perfect fabric. I guess I should go fabric shopping! ;)

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  2. Gorgeous!! I love the way it looks without the flaps. I love lined dresses too, it's worth the extra time. Plus being in bemberg all day feels pretty great. What kind of fabric is it? Is it a cotton, or a quilting cotton?

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    1. Thanks Kat! I love bemberg. It feels so nice against the skin and keeps you cool, which I need because I get warm way too easily. The fabric is Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman. I don't know if it's a quilting cotton exactly, even though the weight might be is similar to quilting cotton.

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  3. Looks great! I really like this dress in a solid.

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    1. Thanks Marrie. I've made two solid Lilys, I think I should venture out and do some kind of print. All I have to do is figure out which one. :P

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  4. This is lovely! Navy is such a gorgeous color on you. Also, I've definitely been guilty of the shortcut FBAs gone awry. With princess seams especially, there's so much patience and fiddling required that it's tempting to skip over all that mess!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I love navy and I gravitate towards it a lot. I definitely learned my lesson with princess seams. I was took the short cut (lazy) with princess seams FBA because there's 2-3 extra steps you have to do. I learned my lesson the hard way!

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  5. BLAM! You look sensational in this dress, love it! I've always wanted to make the Lily but haven't quite got around to it, must bring it up the list!

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    1. Thank you, Juliet! You should make the Lily, I love it. There's so many possibilities with this dress. I can't wait to see yours!

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  6. A really nice dress for summer :) I really should do more solid *everything*, it is so versatile and wearable. Great job on the dress, it fit like a glove ;)

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    1. Thanks, Siri. For So Cal, I think it's perfect year round with some layering. I think I love solids as much as I do prints. :)

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  7. A pretty classic dress.You looks so chic.

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  8. That look AMAZING!!!! Now I want one!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! You should make one! I can't wait to see yours! :)

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  9. i agree with everyone! it's a great fit/silhouette for you!!

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    1. Thanks, Laurel. It's funny when you put a pattern aside and when you do make it, it turns out that it suits you. Happens to me all the time.

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