Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gallery Dress


I knew I'd make another Gallery Tunic, but I didn't know it would be this soon!

The Liesl + Co. Gallery Tunic that I made in December is a favorite, for sure. When the Gallery Dress/Tunic sewalong was announced, I figured now was as good a time as any to make another!



This time, I opted for the dress version I stayed with the 3/4 sleeves and the
full collar.


Please excuse my band-aid covered knees and bruised shins. If I was wearing short sleeves, you'd see my black and blue elbows, too. All these wounds are the result of my new hobby/exercise activity, Muay Thai. Super fun, but not easy on the body!


Back to the dress: fabric-wise, I pulled a slinky deep, deep (almost black) chocolate brown floral rayon challis from my stash. I love the jewel tone flowers on the dark background. I've had the fabric in my stash for-e-ver... I think it may be from Fashion Fabrics Club, either that or Fabric.com, but I can't find it on either anymore.


The rayon challis made the collar a little bit trickier than the lawn I used last time-- so slippery! so easily stretched out of shape!-- but still doable. The tiny hem was a bit of a nightmare in this fabric, too. I might use a bias tape finish next time.


I accidentally sewed the front pleat going in the wrong direction, but no big deal.


I love how the dress turned out in the drapey rayon! Insanely comfortable, but also chic.


I tried it with a belt and thought it looked pretty good:


In this fabric, it's got so much movement that you can wear it unbelted, too, without feeling like you're wearing a tent.


In sum: happy, happy with this dress. So comfy! So simple! So chic!


P.S.: This is my 1000th blog post! This blog has certainly changed course from when I started it (I take far fewer terrible food photos... now I just stick to terrible photos of handmade clothing), but 7 years later (almost to the date!) I am still having fun sharing! Thanks for reading!!

42 comments:

  1. Gah, this looks so good on you Meg! Rayon is one of my favorites to wear!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! I love rayon, too... so silky and luxurious feeling, but inexpensive and easy to wash!

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  2. Love this. I think it looks especially great with the belt!

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  3. You really picked the right fabric with vivid colour print for this dress. It is superb!

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  4. Beautiful! Those baby hems on sheers used to get me cussing! Have you seen the craftsy class for working with sheer fabrics? She uses strips of crinoline with the weft threads pulled out for about a1/4". It's hard to explain, but she sews the strip to the right side of the fabric, but only through the "fringe". Then she carefully flips the strip to the wrong side and sews the baby hem down (again, only through the fringe). then she pulls the strip off and you have a perfect baby hem!! It was a game changer for me. If that doesn't make sense, I can personally attest to that class providing a ton of great ideas I've never come across (i'm an avid sewing magazine, book, and blog reader).

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I haven't taken that class, but maybe I should! Thanks for the tip!

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  5. What a lovely dress! Congrats on your 1000th post! Keep 'em comin'!!

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  6. Cute gallery, I have my tunic started. Also, congrats on the 1000th post

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  7. Your dress looks fabulous and so comfortable to wear. I love it with the belt but it looks just as good without.
    Debbie x

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    1. Thanks, Debbie!! It's so, so comfy...

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  8. This is fabulous Meg! I think the challis is such a great fabric for this shape; it truly looks great both belted and unbelted. I love the print also. Oh, you are tempting me to buy this pattern now!

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    1. Thanks, Masha! I am really happy with how this pattern played with the rayon...

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  9. Looks great! I love the rayon, so nice and drapey. Worth the hassle of slippery sewing.

    Congratulations on 1000 posts!

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    1. Thanks, Kristi!! Rayon is my favorite... totally worth the hassle!

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  10. 1,000 posts!!! Congratulations! That's incredible! I love your blog. This dress is so fabulous - it's one of those OMG I need one of those on my body RIGHT NOW posts! I have this pattern but haven't made it yet, so breezy and lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Inder!! I am loving how simultaneously breezy and chic this dress has turned out.

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  11. Any tips for sewing a collar with rayon? Do you think interfacing would have helped? if so, what kind of interfacing? Or would you have just used another layer of the same fabric as interfacing?

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    1. Amanda, I did use lightweight interfacing for the collar, but I found that the un-interfaced piece stretched out ever so slightly so that it's was a bit bigger than the interfaced piece and bubbled up a bit when I sewed them together. Perhaps next time I should use another layer of rayon as you suggest!

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  12. Love everything about this! But then again worth your new fighting skills I'd be too scared to tell you otherwise!

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    1. Ha ha, I wouldn't call it "skills" so much as trying not to die of exhaustion while wearing boxing gloves ;-)

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  13. If I'd seen your dress earlier I would have joined the sew along! It's really fabulous!

    And congratulations on the 1000 posts! (Exactly where are the food posts? I'd totally be interested in Thai food posts! Ah, I live in New York near the Vermont border, and my husband and I recently TRAVELED to visit a Thai restaurant in Massachusetts!)

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    1. Thanks so much! There's still time to join the sew along!

      Ha ha, most of the food posts are a couple years back. Honestly, I haven't cooked that much Thai food because it's so good and cheap to buy out at restaurants here!!

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  14. This looks SO nice! I am sewing my first Gallery Tunic in the sew-along and already loving this pattern.

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    1. Thanks!! Can't wait to see yours- it's a great pattern!

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  15. Wow! Gorgeous fabric which is perfect for this pattern. Really must make this asap...

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    1. Thanks!! I am really loving this pattern in rayon challis!

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  16. I love this! Those colors and that fabric paired with the pattern, just go so well together and compliment you immensely! But of course, you already know that! You're so inspiring and make me want to sew all the things already!

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    1. Ha ha- thanks, Tanya!! I am equally as inspired by you and all of your colorful sewing!

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  17. I like the dress version of this pattern! Looks very nice, I like it more with the belt. The fabric is gorgeous!

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  18. So a wonderful dress. And the colors match so good to your hair. It looks really noble.

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  19. Wow 1000 posts!! That's awesome! I love this dress with and without the belt! The jewel tones on the dark background is awesome. Now I want this pattern too!

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  20. Really lovely - especially with the belt.

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  21. Loved the first version, and LOVE this dress! I am preparing (well, more like dreaming) of making one, form rayon :) Will take note about the collar and the hemline!

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