Yes, I liked the bodice so much I was curious about how Holly would look as a dress. So here it is…
I had planned a maxi. Decided the floral would be a little too overwhelming. Considered the quarter-circle skirt using the By Hand London app but having not drafted one before, there only being one side seam (the bodice has two, I like balance, yes a bit OCD) – and no back-up fabric… I decided to use the bias-cut skirt of Vogue 1351 (made previously here) as it was in my pattern pile – an easy option. I opted for a simple skirt to match the simple bodice, I felt gathers or pleats would not be a good match or balance. I also felt too much fabric in the skirt would create too much strain on the narrow straps – while this is rayon, it’s not a really flimsy rayon.
The skirt was a little wider so I shaved off some of the sides. SoNotTechnicalLizzy. It worked. Making this & adding a skirt was very easy, not rocket science at all. In fact it’s easier than making the jumpsuit. Less fabric, less seams. The skirt need not be bias cut either.
I also machined the straps, rather than hand stitching as I did with Holly the First and Holly the Second. I was curious to see how the straps differed. While hand sewing takes longer – I do prefer the straps slip-stitched to the bodice and along the edges to finish them.
SOME LITTLE DETAILS…
Sorry these pictures were snapped on my iPhone while racing out the door for the school run and work, hence not the best quality.
I used my roll-hem foot – which gives the skirt hem a nice fluted effect.
I also turned the edges of the cowl under as I attached the straps as this completely hid the little hem of the cowl neckline when I wear it.
Pattern: By Hand London, Holly Jumpsuit & Vogue 1351
Thanks for reading 🙂
It’s lovely as a dress and what gorgeous fabric. I love reading your posts.
I’m also drooling over the idea that you have ‘whale traffic’. Be still my heart.
We have whales passing by along the coast from July to October. It’s a lovely time of the year to just gaze at the water. Lots of people pull over in their cats at lookouts & watch. They are amazing creatures.
They are amazing. I hope to one day go whale watching, though so far haven’t managed it.
Monterey is the closest for us, but it’s know to be miserably choppy and cold so I give that a pass. I tried to join an excursion on vacation in Hawaii twice, but both days they cancelled due to weather. My third opportunity was on a recent trip to Victoria but we ran out of time. One day!
Thanks for sharing your local experiences.
Beautiful dress! Now that I see you have done a rolled hem, can you answer a question for me? I have trouble with this when going over a seam. Should I be rolling my hem before pieces go together or how do you deal with this area of the garment? I have tried to find this online but have not been successful.
This is a super tricky bit! Fiona of Diary of a Chain Stitcher put together this tutorial which addresses that tricky element. It’s still a battle but does improve. I’d also like to invest in the slightly wider rolled hem foot for my machine – mine is super narrow!
Thank you so much! It is comforting to know now that it is a tricky process and that I haven’t missed something. What a great source of information–thank you for the link! The blouse I am working on at the moment will require a blind hem. My machine does a wonderful job with this, but I have been so unhappy at the side seams.
I still struggle a little with the side seams. I have stopped on a few seams… very ‘patiently’ ironed, rolled and hemmed the seam section after sewing the rest of the non-seam hem. The stitch line isn’t continuous but it’s barely noticeable and still very neat.
one thing i do at the seams is run a line of stitching to baste the seam allowances down and snip the seam allowance below the stitching to keep down the bulk. it doesn’t always work but it does increase my odds of getting it done in one pass!
I love this! It’s very you. The skirt style goes exactly right with the cowl neck and spaghetti straps! And it is much more wearable than a jumpsuit … I just always wonder with a jumpsuit – how does one go to the loo??
Thanks – I was pretty thrilled with this one. It’s not rocket science but it’s simplicity appeals to me.
It is a beautiful dress and I love the fabric!
Fabric from Spotlight. I was one of those ones I just had to have, so glad to purchased & stashed it!
What a stunning dress, I love it. I’m sure I’ve seen that fabric here in Wellington somehwere, now I wish I’d bought it!
It’s from Spotlight, I got it awhile ago & ‘stashed’ it, it just seemed perfect for this dress. Soft, girly and a tiny but retro without being OTT.
It is absolutely perfect for the dress. I love your version. A jumpsuit isn’t me but the dress version is another matter!
Whales, bush and a beautiful dress – I might move into your back yard!
It’s not a bad little place in the world!
Cute fabric. I’m jealous of your perfectly rolled hem too!
Rolled hems are so tricky – sometimes they are perfect and then other days – DISASTER. Having a hem foot does help enormously! I think I might invest in one that has slightly wide hem, 4mm. This one is tiny and very fiddly.
This is GORGEOUS! I have to admit that I’m just not a jumpsuit or romper kind of girl but I LOVE cowl necks and as soon as I saw that bodice I new it would make a gorgeous dress. I will definitely be putting this on my sewing list.
It’s a perfect bodice for a dress. I feel very girly in this dress.
This is just beautiful. I love the cowl neckline, it’s nice a subtle. The skirt has just the right amount of fullness to match the top. I want one of these as well 🙂
The bodice is my fav part of the jumpsuit, too! And turned into a dress like that, well, I want one, too! 🙂
It’s a lovely dress to wear, very slinky to walk in and feminine
Love the dress! I had the exact fabric, but made a completely different dress from it. I then had to scrap it, but I think that was due to my beginning seamstress skills and it fraying too much in the wash… Anyway, mine was a completely different style, but the fabric looks fab in yours! (Also, first comment from a fellow Aussie – I adore your blog!)
Awww thank you Rachel! I nearly made this into a frilly dress and decided not to. I put the fabric away and then wondered why I had bought it… then suddenly I knew exactly what to do with it!
this is beautiful as a dress! i do love the draped neckline, such nice detail.
It’s a really subtle drape which is a nice change from super draped or super fitted. It just sits somewhere in the middle.
This is a gorgeous dress, what a great idea.
So lovely Lizzy! The draped neckline is perfect for a dress and it looks so great on you!
I think it’s one of my all-time favourite dress makes. Funny how sometimes things just ‘work’ perfectly.
Beeyoootifulll! There’s nothing more to say!
except thank you 🙂 xoxo
Genius! I am falling for that cowl……and have also seen the trousers made as separates which looked amazing too….so many possibilities!!
I think this dress style would absolutely suit your build Winnie – you must make a Holly!
It’s adorable! This is my favorite kind of post, seeing how creative everyone can be with pattern changes for a new look!
me too – I know some people gets sick of seeing lots of the same makes – I personally find it fascinating. However that’s what makes the world interesting, different people and different opinions.
I’m envious of your skills! Also, You make me want to get a rolled hem foot – any advice/suggestions?
They are fiddly. I have a Bernina one – the narrower one. They generally come in two widths (or the Bernina does) the narrowest is for silks and fine fabrics. I am thinking about getting the wider one – which is about a 4mm hem I think. I imagine it would be easier for slightly heavier fabrics. If you do get one – watch some YouTube videos or read the Diary of a Chainstitcher post on how to use it as a starting point. Good luck!
You crafty minx! This is so cute as a dress! Maybe someday I can come whale watch in your neighborhood, yeah? 🙂
Absolutely. I’ll put a bed in my sewing room & you will never want to leave!
There is nothing wrong wth striving for balance- it results in lovely dresses like this.
Great rolled hem work. Thanks for the post.
Aaaah rayon I love thee but I hate that it always needs ironing. Feels amazing to wear though so kinda worth it 🙂
I love this bodice as a dress, so very suited to you and your style 🙂
I swear rayon and the iron industry got together and cooked up an evil plan to keep irons in business forever!
So true – I hate ironing – wish there was a cunning way around this apart from using polyester!! I hate static more!!
So pretty and feminine! Beautifully done!
Hi, I love all three versions of this jumper. I would like to make this and wondered if you could tell me how much ease you allowed for in the bust and hips. Thanks? Charlene
HI Charlene, I’m so sorry it’s taken me a while to reply – life has been chaotic. I’ve got about 1 inch of ease in the bust and nearly 2 in the hip… perhaps a little less. The pattern was changed slightly post testing to allow more room through the butt/hips. Hope this helps!
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