Monday, 22 April 2013

Hot off the press - Another McCalls 2401

Here is my latest McCalls 2401.

This is the V-Neck version and I am happy with it.

I finished pressing it last night and wore it to work today. I trained in the beautiful and prestigious Art Deco hotel -  The Grace - in the Sydney CBD today and I felt good enough in this Made By Me dress to wear to The Grace. (Cardi is RTW).



Excuse the grumpy face - I was tired.



Here is the dress sans cardi. I always wear something over my arms in public.



I don't think the flash went off in the above - had to lighten it considerably. Excuse ugly bruise on leg - I dropped the vacuum cleaner on myself  ... that's what happens when you try to clean!

I love this fabric - it is a tribal print - quite thick knit (but not as thick as the last brown dress) from Sawyer Brooks. It was originally going to be a Pamela's Pattern's T-Shirt but I had enough for a dress and Voila - here it is. Sad thing is - the fabric looks like it is going to pill easily - damn!


Here is a close up of neck line:


Happy with results. Next one will have sleeves. Not much more to add.

This is my next item for the Sew Your Own Wardrobe for a Year Challenge

Please indulge me while I will leave you with a few gratuitous pictures of "The Grace". She is beautiful and I love going there.

The Beautiful Foyer





Where I eat Lunch



Where I teach




She is special


Photos from the Grace Hotel Website.

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful venue!

    The V-neck is great, and you've done such a neat job of binding it (I'm bad at binding, so always take note of other people's achievements).

    I like the way the print looks on this style, and the cardigan goes well with it.

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  2. Great hotel, very classy!
    Your dress looks great, its such a pity when the fabric starts to pill so early after all the work you've put into it. The neckline looks really good too.

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  3. I soooo love that fabric! It looks super on you - great sewing... J

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  4. Every one is that much better, an every one is great! That's quite some achievement!

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  5. Very nice neckline and I had to laugh out loud with your comment about the "insert credit card here". That jacket looks so good!

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  6. I love the print and the neckline and look forward to seeing the next dress with sleeves.

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  7. The dress is very smart and just right for an art deco building - the fabric fits the era nicely - did you plan that :-). And the drape cardigan is elegant and slimming. You look very smart, and I'm glad you enjoyed the venue. It's hard not to look grumpy with self timers I find :-)

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  8. Well, you and the Grace both look great! That neckline finish is most enviable and the fabric, too!

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  9. Well, if the fabric looks like it's going to pill, wear it a lot.
    You fit in nicely with the deco at the Grace.

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  10. That fabric is absolutely beautiful, love the design and the style both! Good job on the neckline, it suits you so well.

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  11. Well done BeaJay... now that you've got your TNT pattern you'll be able to pump out new dresses for yourself in a flash. I'm loving this dress on you and the fit and the length looks perfect on you. I'm loving the V neck and I think they tend to add a great visual element and are really flattering. What a great hotel you got to work in... really beautiful!

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  12. You are nailing down that fit! A real professional outfit. Well done!

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  13. looking stylish girl! that looks fantastic on you!
    Helen

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  14. Another great dress for you to wear! I love the print, too. I'm glad you got to wear it to such a beautiful place.

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  15. Hooray, you did it! The v-neck binding looks just perfect.

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  16. Lovely outfit. That building looks mammoth.

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  17. Lovely dress - and the neck binding looks fabulous!

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  18. Love that V neck on you and that cardigan!! The shape of that cardi is so flattering!

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  19. Very Nice!!! and vacuum cleaners are dangerous!

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  20. I love the print on this! Its too bad about the pilling. I really hate it when I love a fabric and it doesn't wash well. I agree- cleaning is a dangerous activity best to be avoided!

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  21. Wow! what a beautiful venue! Your dress is terrific, I love the geometric print, and it works really will the the black cardi picking up that interesting black motif.

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  22. Your venue is beautiful too. Love flair and luxary...and marble ;-) Great work with the tribal dress.

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  23. I love the Grace hotel, how lucky you are to be working in there. I'm really impressed with neatness of your neckline finish, it's perfect.

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  24. Oh BeeJay! You are making great progress with this pattern. I love this make. The print does NOT scream "insert credit card here" too funny! The neckline is perfect and I *like* this shorter length on you. Are you feeling more comfortable in it? And the Grace - beautiful. g

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