Thursday, 21 July 2011

A Miz Mozelle toile


Firstly, please forgive the awfulness of these photos - they were taken in really poor light, but I wanted to share them with you anyway, as they show the toile that I made for the Miz Mozelle dress, before cutting into the lovely Liberty fabric. Try to ignore the unfinished hem and the fact that the belt is just a strip of torn fabric!

You might remember that in that post I talked about a couple of fitting issues and you can see here why I made the keyhole smaller at the neck. For these photos, I had cunningly angled the dress so that my bra was not on display, but you'll have to believe me that there are indecency issues with the toile.


Making toiles can feel like an unaffordable luxury: even cheap fabric is expensive and for this I needed to try it out in a stretch fabric, which tends to be doubly difficult to find inexpensively. However, I was lucky enough to find some beautiful quality stretch fabric in my local sewing shop, that they'd been disturbed to find left your hands looking a little inky on handling. They were selling it off for £2.50 a metre, so I bought nearly all they had and washed it along with half a pound of salt once home to seal the colour. It's now perfectly colour-fast and was very much worth buying.


Despite this version of the dress being an unwearable experiment I do love the way it looks in a plain stretch fabric and plan to make a wearable version at some point soon. While my last dress was labelled a 'summer wedding dress', this next one will hopefully be an 'ice-creams and swing-parks dress'. I did say that I may end up with several Miz Mozelle's in my wardrobe....


Best of all, this type of dress works with my favourite shoes, which I'm completely loopy about. My sister and I spotted them at the airport when we flew out to Russia, but as I said a few posts ago, I rarely make impulse purchases. I'm so pleased I didn't in this case, as they leapt onto my feet in the Radley sale for half the price. They also came in shocking pink, which could have been fun.


And yes, our lawn is mostly clover and daisies, rather than grass. Obviously it's intentional and we planned it that way. It's part of an open-ended ecological experiment...

We are off to our first wedding of the summer this weekend. You might notice from these photos that my legs are an attractive shade of milky white: I must remember to unleash my bottle of tan on them. Earlier in the summer I did just that and then wandered off downstairs and joined my husband in a shot or two of the vodka that I had brought back from Russia with me in May. By the time I came back upstairs, having caught sight of my legs in a mirror, I wondered whether they were ever going to turn brown and so decided on applying another layer of tan for good measure and happily daubed another layer in the vague direction of my legs. When I woke the next morning I was met by the sight of black ankles and knees and strange streaks decorating my shins. Through process of elimation I found that pumice stones and loofahs do nothing to remove fake tan (but only after I'd removed most of the skin on my ankles). What does work is Simple eye-makeup remover pads...the branding would imply some purity to the ingredients, but I now believe them to be saturated with something akin to paint striper. The moral of this story is don't drink and tan (note to self). What do you have planned this weekend?

Florence x

14 comments:

  1. The dress looks gorgeous in that fabric, and those shoes! needless to say I am off to the Radley sale, stat. Our weekend is blissfully quiet compared to previous ones, just one (kids) birthday party to attend. Have a good one, Kate x

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  2. It's such a pretty dress, lovely darpe, colour and fit. Maybe of you sew some lace or something to cover the keyhole, you will be able to wear it.

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  3. This dress shape suits you brilliantly. A plain version is necessary. I'd love to know how the Raystitch organic jerseys sew up...

    The word for the lawn is BIODIVERSITY and it's very important! Monocultures are so last century.

    Off to a big family gathering in Somerset shortly.

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  4. I really like the shoes! And the dress is so pretty, stylish and delicate!

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  5. Despite the keyhole, I think the dress looks lovely in this fabric (drapes beautifully by the looks of it) so it's a real shame you can't wear it.

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  6. The dress is lovely and your shoes are fab. I had a similar tanning horror story when my cousin and I used St.Tropez for the first time before a family christening. We both looked completely tangoed and had to sit in the pews a lovely shade of orange. This weekend I have lots of crafting to do! Em x

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  7. Wow, bargain on the material.

    As for drinking and tanning, I just let the world deal with my off white legs, I know that even stone cold sober I'd turn out tangoed!

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  8. Your dress looks awesome, of course!! As for the tan in a bottle, after 35 years of being whitey white white (and being the daughter of a dermatologist) I've given up and just tell myself that I will be the least wrinkled of all my friends! :)
    On the miz mozelle pattern it says that you could use a non stretch fabric if you went up a size in the bodice, I'm curious to hear your opinion on this.

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  9. Never apologise, never explain! Your lawn is perfect and your legs are great. Never apologise for the colour of skin, all colours are just perfect as they are.

    The dress is wonderful - the implied imperfections too. It will look brilliant in one colour. This dress is made for you Flossie (or will be!) as it suits you to a tee.
    Jenny

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  10. Now that's fascinating to see your toile, absolutely fascinating. I scrolled down to your finished dress and it just shows how worthwhile it was for you to make the toile. I made mine in a cotton, and on the Miz Mozelle website it says to go up a size on the top half if using non stretch fabrics. I've found the larger size on the top to be a little too big, so next time I'll just be doing it all the same size. It's also a little too puffy and full around the waist, but not so much that I wouldn't wear it. At £2.50 a metre, I'm not too worried about this dress being not exactly perfect, it still doesn't look half bad, and I'll still wear it. Hugo loves the dress too, which always helps with the enthusiasm. Your sandals are gorgeous, a real classic pair you'll treasure till they fall apart I imagine. Vanessa xxx

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  11. I don't know ho, but I missed your post with the completed Miz Mozelle so I was surprised when I read this one and discovered that you were reviewing the muslin for your already completed dress. So I tracked back, and oh my, I love it! I may just have to go get myself that pattern pronto. Your shoes are also lovely. Finally, thanks for the advice re. drinking and tanning… and for letting us know that make up remover would work as a fixer in a pinch :)

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  12. What a shame about the keyhole because the dress looks lovely. Could you pin a brooch at the bottom of the keyhole maybe?

    That's a coincidence - I've got a similar open-ended ecological experiment going on with my lawn!

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  13. I love your blog and seeing the things you sew. I am new to sewing and would like to start sewing clothes. I have been quilting, which I love. How do you recommend starting? The salt is a neat trick!

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  14. This is a lovely dress, you're such an inspiration! Thanks

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Florence x