Sunday, July 27, 2014

The non-colour blocked Charlotte dress

Well folks here we are. 

A short post as we have just got in from the movies and I have dishes in the sink before I go to bed.

This is the dress that took me a week to hem, the previously described Charlotte dress from Stylearc that was supposed to be colour blocked but wasn't. 

If you remember I didn't do the taping of all the pieces together right and ended up with a front 2" wider than the back (hint to you, if you try to do this line up your front with the front neck facing and you will catch this mistake before you cut).

I ended up making a little box pleat at the neckline to take this in and this probably was a good thing as the fit in the upper bust was fitted enough that I should have done a FBA anyway so this turned out to be a handy mistake.

Once I got the colour run out of this rayon I really liked it.

If there ever was a fabric that could speak for itself it is this one.  I wanted the simplest pattern possible so that could happen.

I tried it both with and without a belt - I don't really like belted things on me, since there really isn't any real waist to cinch and I think belts make me look dumpy. 

I have the kind of belly fat that they write health articles about on the CNN webpage, you know the kind of fat you absolutely are not ever supposed to have - or else - although if someone can tell me how you are supposed to get to post-menopause, have  three big babies, and employ Nutella-on-crackers-eaten-at-the-kitchen counter as the only mindfulness meditation/emergency stress relieving exercise that really works - and not develop a nice little parcel of belly fat I would really like to hear it. I mean enough already, is a person supposed to have done and do all this and get this far without evidence? A map with no roads on it? How can we be expected to have bodies that are smooth when life isn't?

Back to the dress.

I also think this fabric speaks best just hanging there as is - just like it caught my eye on the bolt.

So here it is.

Belted and unbelted. In either case a nice breezy dress for hot days out.

What do you think?



And of course gratis dog picture:



29 comments:

Nursebennett said...

Love love love that fabric. I prefer the dress belted, but that may be because it seems a bit too long left unbelted. Colors are gorgeous on you!

Susan B said...

Just discovered your blog & have been very entertained!

Congrats on the new grandson. He's beautiful.

Love this dress fabric! My kinda print. Prefer the belted look but you could certainly wear it either way.

Robin said...

Love the sheath. It speaks well. The dress doesn't need a lot of details--it would take away from the gorgeousness of the fabric.

Patty said...

I like the belted version on you, and it's shorter length. And thanks for your realistic "rant" on belly fat...SO true!! :-)

Angela M. said...

Cute fabrice, and I agree - it needs the belt. Belted shows off a cute figure, the unbelted version hides it.

sewingkm said...

Well, unlike the other posters I like your dress without the belt. The bold print looks better uninterrupted IMHO.
















Angela said...

I love that fabric! I don't like to wear belts either, so maybe hem it a little shorter if you wear it as a straight sheath. I appreciate your rant, too -- how can we live our lives without it showing on our bodies?

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I like this both ways! The fabric you chose for this is pretty awesome!

truedogs said...

"How can we be expected to have bodies that are smooth when life isn't?" -- stupendous question, that. How indeed? I really like the belted version. You may not be giving your waist all the love it deserves...it looks very nice when emphasized.

LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

Love it. I vote for belted. It gives you a nice shape and not so 70s sack dress.

BeckyMc said...

It looks great belted, very flattering. I think we-who-have-reached-a-certain-age should not trust mirrors. Yours told you to avoid belts and it was clearly wrong.

sdBev said...

I like. I like. I like - belted.

Jeanneke said...

Love the dress. Belted is best, I think.
I do not need my children's names tattooed anywhere on my body; their treasured souvenir is my belly fat!
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

Linda T said...

Hmm...wearing a belt...reminds me of Mom saying when she wore a belt, she looked like a sack of potatoes with a string tied around the middle. No, you don't look like a sack of potatoes--just reminded me of that saying. Thanks for a fun memory...hadn't thought of that in a while............

Mrs. Smith said...

You are right that it's great both ways. Love it unbelted for a more relaxed look and belted for more structure.

The fabric is beautiful!

Summer Flies said...

I like it with the belt on you. I have that belly fat (plus some extra too) and mid menopause I just don't care. I mean if it was easy to get rid of it, one would!

Mary said...

What a great print and it suits the dress pattern perfectly. I like the belted version best, as it looks more dressy and less swimsuit coverup. I would wear that unbelted only if it were a maxi YMMV

Judi Pinkham said...

Pats to Miss Daisy.
Pretty fabric! I like belted, but it looks nice on you either way.

SewTypical said...

Cute dress! I like it un-belted. Would you be comfortable hemming it to be a couple of inches shorter?

badmomgoodmom said...

I like it either way, but more with the belt.

wendy said...

This fabric is fabulous! I think the with-belt view works a bit better, but they're both pretty awesome.

Jane M said...

I am in the belted crowd when I look at it since it gives you an hourglass that you may not presume you have. But most likely I too would be wearing it unbelted for summer convenience and so I wouldn't be pulling it down all the time after sitting then standing.

Louisa said...

"How can we be expected to have bodies that are smooth when life isn't?"

Oh, I need that quote framed somewhere so I can see it daily!

Barbara, you look lovely in your dress either belted or not! However, I'm also one who feels uncomfortable in belts. (My Belly Fat doesn't like to be restricted. It wants to be free to jiggle happily!)

Sandra said...

I like both versions because I just love that fabric! I wonder if a self-fabric belt tied would be a compromise between belted and not. Oh yes, indeed: "How can we be expected to have bodies that are smooth when life isn't?" Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I love the unbelted version for this particularly gorgeous print as it shows it off better and looks expensive. I also like the longer length on you. But I think you can wear belts, just a matter of whether you like them or not. Perhaps you can try a belted version on another less interesting print.

Bunny said...

Great dress. I always love seeing you in vivid colors and this is no exception. I like the belt.

Jessica said...

How can we be expected to have bodies that are smooth when life isn't?

I love this! And that dress looks great on you belted!

VickeyJ said...

Love your dress and actually I am on the belted band wagon also!

Wendy said...

I think you are totally non-dumpy, so I like the belt. I also like the no-belt. But again, both work because you are not the least bit dumpy.