Meet Sylvie

I’d like to introduce my latest frock creation: Sylvie. A much anticipated pattern release from Christine Haynes. I love the direction she’s been going lately.  Offering slimmer fit profiles; much more suited to my frame.

Sylvie Dress

I think my View B is pretty spot on. Although, mine came out with a bit more of a tulip shape than the pattern intention. Not sure how that happened exactly, but I really like it. It even inspired me to reconsider making the Elisalex dress from By Hand London.

I had purchased fabric straight away, while anxiously awaiting my pattern, I ended up going back to get different fabric. A wonderful linen cotton blend in bright royal blue. I wanted something with a little more structure and also potentially to wear in some upcoming photos. More on that in a future late Summer post. Another purchase with this dress in mind: a tailor’s ham, which I can credit to the Sassy Librarian blouse, again by my gal Christine. (she doesn’t even know I’m calling her this. ha!)

I made this blouse several years ago when I discovered Craftsy and it was a DISASTER. It was the turning point for making a muslin (test garment) for me. Anyhow!! She talked a lot about this strange pressing item, a tailor’s ham. If you know me or have seen me up close, my clothes aren’t really on speaking terms with my iron. I despise ironing and it may possibly be my weakest domestic skill. No it is. Let’s call it what it is. I stink at ironing. I finally broke down and spent the $7 for this goodie and man oh man, I can’t believe I’ve went this long without one. Check out those darts! 

Pressing Ham

And darts a plenty for this Sylvie dress. I did a fully lined version which took 32 darts to complete! I’m pretty good at darts I’d say. The pattern is a fairly quick sew, unless you attempt to displace your Boden goodies, fully line your dress, make your own seam binding and hand sew all the binding and hem. I felt a great sense of satisfaction at the completion of this dress. My Grandma Tockey would be so proud. Seriously. The best finished garment I’ve made to date.

Sylvie Progress

One side of the bodice sandwich completed (left). Inside of the finished dress (right). I decided to line the bottom with some cotton lawn I had on hand, since I didn’t have enough of the other fabric and this worked just as well.

There was one issue for me. The ease. I like a really fitted bodice. I thought I sized it down enough after doing my test dress only to find out when I put the zipper in, I had not. Here’s how it went: I put the zipper in (did an amazing job with my invisible zipper foot), cried a little because the fit was still off, took the zipper out, waited SIX hours and then put the zipper in again, taking up extra ease. Did a jig of joy! While this is not the preferred method of altering a dress, it should be done at the side seams, and it did cause a bit of puckering along the zipper line, it worked. The fit is fantastic with a capital FANTASTIC!!!

John and Sylvie

I’m sweating and John is in long sleeves and socks; his gloves are in the washer or he’d be wearing those too. The sun was so bright, my eyes were tiny slits in 90% of the photos. Ugh. This is what I get for putting off taking photos until the last day possible.

Absolutely making another of these! After my mommy vacation that is….ahhhh….

Final shot Sylvie

The very last shot. My eyes are as WIDE as I can get them in the sunlight. Shoes by Chelsea Crew, jewelry by the lovely and talented Steinen.

5 thoughts on “Meet Sylvie

  1. Love it Toni!!! It’s so perfect and classic in the blue linen. And I’m glad I got you to buy a tailor’s ham! I cannot imagine my sewing without it and I’m glad you’re a convert too 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beautiful dress!

    • Oh yes, I can hardly believe it’s taken me so long on the ham! Thank you!!! I am so very pleased with the dress.

  2. You can SEW! I must say, lining the dress is a must, just to give it that quality feel. And the fact that you chose a different color lining and that the color compliments the dress color so well, just says that you are a Boden girl and you’ve got high standards. It looks amazing! I don’t know why, but the picture of the inside of the finished dress just might be my fav. Nice work, my friend.

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