the sew weekly “collar me beautiful”: leanne marshall to the rescue

The Facts:

Fabric: re-used fabric from this dress, plus cotton batiste for bodice
Pattern: Simplicity 1755
Year: 2012
Notions: zipper, petersham ribbon
Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
First Worn: august 23, 2012
Wear Again: yes
Challenge Theme:  “collared”

almost two years ago, i fell in love with this print and used it to make mccall 3928, a pattern i picked up at an antique show with my mom.  almost immediately after finishing, i realized it was a LOT of print and made the dress look much too frumpy, but because of the unusual bodice construction of M3929, re-using it would be complicated and possibly impossible.

since then, finding a way to make this dress wearable has been one of my sewing obsessions.  six months or so ago, i took the dress apart.  my original intention was to make another skirt from the burda handbook, because i love the layered look and the ability to use small bits of fabric in cool ways.

finally, though, i stumbled upon this new pattern from leanne marshall’s simplicity line.  it doesn’t read “leanne” to me, and i detest the raglan sleeve pattern illustration, but i was inspired by the great raglan/halter top and the ability to re-use both my collar and my skirt.


i’m really happy with my choice.  the bodice was well-drafted and easy to tweak using my sloper for a near-perfect fit.  because i already had the skirt and collar constructed, i concentrated on putting together the bodice cleanly and completely and was really satisfied with the results.

the light batiste ended up being (dare i say it?) a brilliant choice to break up the intensity and whimsy of the liberty print.  as had become my custom, i threw a crinoline under the skirt to really emphasize the excellent fullness.

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5 Responses to the sew weekly “collar me beautiful”: leanne marshall to the rescue

  1. prttynpnk says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you made this! First off I love it- I’ve been dying to see this made up and it’s a great shape for you!

    • puu says:

      i was totally skeptical about the raglan halter, but i have to admit that i am really pleased with the resulting shape and how it works with my body.

  2. Freaking LOVE this. I just got this pattern last week, so it’s fun to see it in action. Perfect (yes, and brilliant!) fabric choices. Plus you look happy wearing it which is awesome.

    • puu says:

      thank you! re-using that dress had been a total stumper for me and i am so happy with the result–definitely contributing to my happy expression.

  3. Pingback: “design features” and a scrap-tastic burda handbook skirt | puu's door of time

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