Take One Dress 7; C'est la Vie

By Victoria As-it-Seams - 15:27

July's Take One Dress blogger is here - and I'm so thrilled to introduce French blogger, Sophie from C'est la Vie.
I have a serious blog-crush on Sophie. She is the epitome of French style...in fact, I now know why French seams are, well, 'French'. Everything Sophie sews is impeccably finished. And she can REALLY sew! Everything from quilts to stunning bags, to gorgeous children's clothes, to elegant grown-up clothes. This dress is gorgeous, but the back is even more stunning!  She sews beautiful boy's clothes, as well as lovely dresses...oooh I could go on....

Altered Stepford Dress

Hi there As-It-Seams readers! 
I am so so honored to be part of this series.
Ever since the day I read Heidi's post and found out which dress she had chosen for me as a source of inspiration, I have been looking forward to sew and share my take on it!

Here is the dress I was given as an inspiration:

I love the dots, the pleats and the big bow. This dress is a party dress for sure! I also like the neutral color of this dress and wanted to translate it onto my own version.
So I decided to sew a party dress for my girl. 
Right now my favorite pattern is the Hanami Dress by Straight Grain : perfect fit, cute sleeves and a lot of room for possible alterations.

I dig into my fabric stash and chose this print by Tamara Kate: Helens Garden, Pollen in Creme bought from Hawthorne Threads. I love that it looks like confetti and the colors are just perfect for a party dress: a mixture of soft pink , peach, green and the black I wanted to use as a neutral on my dress.
I coordinated it with some Michael Miller cotton couture in peach.
 I replaced the pleats with some black glitter piping on the bodice and sleeves. Altering the bodice was so easy, and alterations are my new addiction! 

And then I made this big bow out of some black lawn, so soft!
It was my first attempt at a bow and it is definitly worth the try. It is very easy and it really provides the "couture" look I was after.

I like details, I think that's because I am french!!:) So I lined the flutter sleeves with the same fabric as the skirt's:
We do love this dress in our home and my girl is looking forward to her next birthday party to wear it! I called it Liquorice Party Dress!!

 Thank you so much Heidi for providing this inspiration that kept my mind and hands busy for quite a while!!:) And Thank you Victoria for inviting me over to your blog! Creativity is fuelled by challenges and I sure loved this one!!

Now it is my turn to inspire the next seamstress: Renee who blogs and shares her beautiful creations at Nearest the pin.

Here is the dress I chose:

I am crazy about the neutral colors and structured shoulder line on this dress.

Thank you Sophie! I'm so incredibly grateful to you for taking so much time to produce something so beautiful and, as always, finished so perfectly. All those little details are so perfectly done, and your daughter looks so pretty! And I'm looking forward to August already!

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  1. thank you so much Victoria!! you made me blush for sure !! and I can't wait to see what Renee will sew!

  2. What a great dress, Sophie! I love every single detail!

  3. What a beautiful interpretation of the Geranium. I love the little peek of polka dots in the sleeve lining and the perfect piping. Oh my - I am soooo lucky to be the next sewer!! What an amazing dress you have chosen for me Sophie. I can't wait to begin this project :)

  4. Sophie,this is a stunning Hanami! I love the colors, and the seams you added. And yaaay for Cotton Couture :-)

  5. A party dress indeed Sophie! Love all the details - the pining, the lining, the bow - stunning :)

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