Monday, October 28, 2013

Green Bee Amelia dress

My KCW efforts kind of crashed and burned last week due to having the attention span of a gnat various other things to get through, but I do hope to finish it this week and not end up with more UFOs -arghh!

This is a dress I made a few weeks ago but hadn't blogged yet. I fell in love with Green Bee's Amelia dress when I saw this one, and then later this one. Despite the fact that I couldn't find much online about it, I bought the pattern. I thought the general shape would suit me and loved the fact that it's cut on the bias.


I made a muslin, then made a few modifications to the fit, subtle things but I think it's definitely made the fit better.


The zip is bubbling out a bit, which I guess is the bias cut fabric, and I probably should have done some sort of stabilisation on it. I couldn't check the pattern instructions to see what to do though as I'd lost them :-( I took them to the playground to read while the kids played (sewing nerd ;-) and accidently left them there! So then I just winged it with what I remembered I'd read and what made sense to me. It's not a super complicated pattern and went together quickly.


I chose the fabric from Spotlight, a Japanese cotton, and loved the pattern. But in hindsight I don't think it works well. Maybe it's just that it's too much of the same thing, but the dress feels frumpy to me and just a bit blah, particularly when not accessorised, as below.


(big sigh) So I'm not loving this dress unfortunately. I think I should just wear it a few more times and see if it grows on me, but I'm not super hopeful. Maybe I just need to use a striped fabric as in the version I loved, or maybe the style doesn't suit me afterall, or the fabric is too heavy or ... (I could go on and on).

Any thoughts? Do you have those sewing blahs where you don't like what you've made occasionally? Say it's not just me!


  1. I agree, I love the shape of the dress, and I love the fabric, but it does seem to need a belt. But with the belt - I think it looks great!

  2. I bought this fabric as well and made a Wiksten T and felt a bit blah when it was finished. The fabric is lovely but it seems to be quite stiff even after being washed and is not as nice as I thought it would be. The cut of the dress is great and works for you, so I think give it another go in something a bit softer.

  3. Oh, yes, I DEFINITELY have sewing blahs. I also have several dresses I won't wear out of the house without accessories. I don't necessarily think of this as a negative thing, just part of the package. I really like this fabric and the dress fits you nicely. It might be more a "layering piece" than an "on its own" piece, but that's okay! But I agree, try it in another fabric!

  4. The dress looks great on you, but like you said it does look better with accessories. I feel blah about a lot of things after I sew them. I think it helps to put them away for a little while, I think I get a bit sick of looking at them after looking at it for so long during construction.

  5. I think it looks great on you too! I just finished this dress, I love the shape on me, but had the same problem with the zip, it looks horrible at the back. I think I might have a go at changing the neck - it is quite high at the back, and see what it is like not cut on the bias. If I can get it right I'll be making lots of them. I bought that fabric too, might have to think carefully how I use it if it is really stiff.

  6. Well I love the dress! Oh no - you didn't find the instructions! And I have that fabric too - but in red!


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