Friday, 8 December 2017

Valentine And Stitch Dune Top/Dress

Spoiler: I LOVE this dress!  The pattern is called Dune, and it's by Valentine and Stitch.  I spotted this when Sarah from Sew Sarah Smith made this gorgeous version.


The pattern is a top and also a maxi dress, and it has two neckline options.  It also has neck and armbands to finish the neckline and armhole.  These can either be sewn to the right side, folded to the inside and stitched; or sewn to the wrong side, folded to the outside and stitched.



I made the higher neckline on both my versions. Firstly I tried it out as the top in some random scrap of jersey fabric I found at the bottom of my jersey fabric box.  Me, being me, didn't stick to the pattern completely, and made two changes.  

The first was to the neckband.  I had planned to sew it to the outside, then fold to the inside, but my fabric was a bit thick and it was going to look bulky.  So I pressed it up, and top stitched the seam allowance down with a twin needle.


The second thing was to leave off the armbands due to the bulkiness issue.  So I overlocked the edge, turned it over, and twin needled it.

Then I dug out this greay and black jersey fabric for the dress version.  This fabric was from Minerva Crafts a few years ago, and it's lovely.  I also made a couple of changes.  The armhole is quite low on the top, so I raised it by 2 inches on the dress, which you can see in the photos below. 



The neckband and armholes are the same as on the top because, again, this fabric is quite thick.




This dress  was so easy to make, it took less than 2 hours to cut and sew one evening, but that didn't include the hem because I had to go to sleep!  It's quite fabric hungry though, and I used most of the 3 metres of fabric that I had.  There is also a free sleeve block, but I haven't tried it out yet, and there is a great tutorial on the Valentine And Stitch website on how to determine the length for the maxi version.  Naturally, I didn't use it!  I just cut my size, then trimmed a bit off the bottom.  I'll do it right the next time though!



I am loving swishing about in this dress, and it definitely is secret pyjamas!


Have a great weekend,

Lynne

12 comments:

  1. Oh Lynne I'm so glad you like it; its a great feeling whipping up a dress in next to no time that also looks fab isn't it!total win on you xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah! This is, hands down, the quickest make ever! And I absolutely love it!!

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  2. This is beautiful, Lynne! I love the dress on you, the thicker fabric gives such an amazing structure to the skirt part. Love the top too, and I also like the "t-shirt style" neckband - I must try this sometime as I've seen several like this now and I really like how it looks! Very happy you love your Dunes ����

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    1. Thank you Helen! And thanks for making such a fab pattern!

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  3. It's really beautiful Lynne! The fabric is such a great choice for it too. In fact I bet you could layer a lightweight long sleeve roll neck under it for cooler weather too. Love it!

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    1. Thanks Diane! I was thinking I could wear an Agnes top underneath it, as the Agnes neckline is very slightly lower. I'm not a fan of roll or polonecks, I feel like I'm being choked!!

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  4. Totally gorgeous dress, you've elevated lounge-wear to glamorous that can be worn anywhere!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! This dress kind of felt like cheating sewing!!

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  5. Looks like this one will keep you cosy as well as comfy - hope the snow situation is going okay ;o)

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    1. Thanks Colette! The snow is pretty much gone - hurray!! And there isn't any more forecast so far, which is even better!

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  6. I can't believe how fast you made this! A sewing dynamo!

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    1. Thanks Helen! I kind of can't believe how quick it was myself!

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