If you have read a few posts in this blog you will have realised that I get excited quite easily, maybe a bit too easily. Usually, the excitement wears off after a while – but not so with the Georgia, I absolutely love, love, LOVE it!
The By Hand London girls are doing a sewalong at the moment, so there is no need to give any construction details here, so tadaaa: the photos.
I am not usually confident with bust-hugging dresses – I feel I lack the vavavoom to pull them off. But a quick check confirmed that the girls are still there:
A few thoughts about the dress:
- I made up the bodice in a 10 (my measurements put me in a 12, but that would have been the first time I could fill a 12 😉 ) and graded the skirt out to a 14, again as per my measurements. The skirt is quite loose now, so next time I would probably only grade to a 12. I still might take it in a little bit, but it is actually quite comfortable as loose as it is.
- I added about 5cm to the knee length as I did not know what height the pattern is drafted for. I think I could lose those 5cm again, but I will wait to make up my mind when I have worn it a few times.
- Obviously, the best thing about the dress is the bodice, but in fact the thing I like best are the straps. They are just the right compromise between skinny and supportive and they give complete bra strap coverage with out the need for any speciality undergarment, a definite plus I think.
- Another version in a light denim is already in my queue – can’t wait for weather that actually makes it appropriate to wear it.
- I’m already imagining other version: a longer babydoll version like on the BHL blog, maybe a version with godets between the skirt seams to make the bottom wider, in a knee length or even a maxi? Or maybe the bodice until the waistline and then a gathered skirt? Or a tulip skirt? I think all of those would look great. And because the bodice comes together really quickly (there are only three parts and not darts or other fiddly bits) it is a really fun project.
- I added ready-made piping to the straps and bustline, which gives lots of scope for extra ideas:
So altogether the Georgia is a complete win for me. My first ever independent pattern (I’ve only ever used Burda otherwise) and I thoroughly recommend it to anybody.
So have you made a Georgia? Or are you planning to?