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Marigold Dress

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Hello sewing friends! I am so excited to show you my new dress! For quite a while I have been wanting to make the Marigold dress from Blank Slate patterns, which is available here from Indiesew.  I am really happy that I finally did it. When I found out that Cotton + Steel was doing a fabric collaboration with Rifle Paper Co I knew I would have to have some of the fabric. I could not resist this gorgeous floral rayon, also available from Indiesew (although on backorder at the time I’m writing this.) In an uncharacteristic move I decided not to let the fabric languish in my stash for ages while trying to figure out the perfect use for it. I decided to try it out on the Marigold dress and I think it turned out to be the perfect fabric and pattern match.

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I love the silhouette of this dress– especially the swingy skirt! The bodice has gathers at the shoulders, a mandarin collar, and a front placket that ends at the elastic waist. I made the waist sash, which I initially wasn’t planning to do, but I love how it makes the dress a little more fancy. I can’t tell you how much I love sewing with and wearing the Cotton + Steel rayon. It is such nice quality and sews like a dream.

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I cut a size medium graded to a large at the hips and I lengthened the bodice by an inch. I also reduced the curve of the cap sleeve hem by half an inch so that they are a bit longer through the middle part of the sleeve. The only fitting change I wish I would have made was to do a small bust adjustment. The back bodice fits me like a glove but I feel like there is some excess fabric in the front bodice piece. With the drape of the rayon it’s not hugely noticeable but if I make this dress again I will probably experiment with a 1/2″ SBA.

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This pattern is definitely geared more toward the intermediate sewist. I was surprised to find that there is not a single notch on this pattern. This wasn’t a huge problem for me because of my sewing experience but I would have liked to have notches on the sleeves and on the armscyes if only just to make it easier to tell which side was the front and which side was the back. My collar ended up being too long and I am not sure if that was because the fabric stretched out or if I was supposed to really ease it onto the neckline. If there were notches I would have probably had a little easier time with that. In the end I cut some length off of the front of the collar and it ended up just fine.

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There weren’t instructions to interface the collar stand but having just made an Alder shirtdress I figured it would be a good idea to interface one side of the collar. I  graded my yoke seams which wasn’t included in the instructions for this pattern. The only place I did any pattern matching was on the back bodice and yoke– I thought it would be cool if it looked like one piece, which it almost does!  The sleeves on this pattern are set in flat but I still found it helpful to sew a line of gathering stitches on the sleeve cap to help with getting them eased in nicely.

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Even though we are coming into cooler weather I decided to go with the cap sleeves instead of the long sleeves. I think I will be able to wear this dress year round with the short sleeves. I can layer it with a cardigan in the fall and winter and it will also be perfect with sandals in the spring and summer. I am so glad that I finally made this pattern and I absolutely can’t wait to start wearing this pretty new dress!

~Teri

p.s. The fabric and pattern for the Marigold dress were provided to me by Indiesew as I am part of their blogger team. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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35 thoughts on “Marigold Dress

    1. Thanks, Lori! I was thinking about trying to pattern match the pocket openings, too, but the rayon was a little too shifty. I’m pretty amazed I managed to make it work on the back!

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  1. Ever since you first wrote about pattern matching – I now have a sick obsession….Ha! I wont buy print or stripes items – unless seams line up. 🙂 So thanks for that!

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    1. Thanks, Kirsten! Did you get any of this fabric? I ended up cutting my own notches on the sleeves so that I didn’t put them in backwards. They didn’t line up with anything, but somehow they came out OK!

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  2. Oh wow, Teri, this may be one of my favorite things you’ve made, at least in recent memory. That fabric is just scrumptious, and this dress is PERFECT on you. So flattering! What a great combination! It looks great with boots, too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Inder! It’s definitely one o my favorite things I’ve made. The fit and flare dress works so well for my pear shape but I don’t make too many because I don’t have a lot of occasions to wear them. I am so glad I made this one and now it’s got me dreaming of a few more new dresses. I’ve certainly got fabric for them and I’ll just have to make some occasions to wear them!

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  3. So pretty! I love this dress! I also have a pattern and I wasn’t sure when I would make it, but after seeing yours I think I should bump it up a little in my sewing queue. You dress is gorgeous! And that pattern matching is amazing! Thanks for the review of the pattern. I’ll keep in mind the lack of notches and the setting in sleeves 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Anya! It really is such a nice silhouette! I’m sure you’ll be able to make it work without the notches, too, since you’ve got so much sewing experience. I will definitely look forward to seeing what you make from the pattern once you get to it!

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    1. Thanks, Meg! I am so happy with this dress and so glad that I didn’t sit on the fabric forever trying to figure out what to do with it. I was pretty surprised by the lack of notches– I am not sure I’ve ever seen a pattern without them!

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! I remember the skirt that you made from this pattern! I think I will probably make one for myself in the spring– I’m dreaming of one in kelly green. You should give the dress pattern a try at some point. I can totally imagine you or one of your girls in it!

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  4. Fabulous dress Teri! If we were size twins I’d envy your wardrobe. But wait, I do envy your wardrobe… (Don’t worry, we’re not size twins!)

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    1. Thank you, Lodi! It’s too bad we’re not size twins because I’ve got some of stuff in my closet that doesn’t get worn and could use a new home! I’m pretty sure I won’t ever be able to part with this dress, though. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lynsey! I’ve got a few other Cotton + Steel rayon fabric in my stash and I’m waiting for the perfect projects to come along for them. I also have this same fabric in the red color and I am planning to make a skirt from it. I hope I get to that one soon!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! No notches was a first for me, I’m pretty sure– especially on a more intermediate pattern like this. But thank goodness almost everything lined up nicely on it’s own!

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  5. So lovely! I’ve been hoarding my same Les Fleurs fabric and have been leaning toward a Marigold for it! Your post sold me! I have made two Marigold skirts and recently a denim and chambray Marigold dress, which I love so much. The style is so easy and flattering, and I also chose the short sleeve, making it a year round dress. Beautiful job!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I think you’ll love a Marigold made from this fabric! It drapes so nicely and really works well for this dress. I am excited to give the Marigold skirt a try eventually. I think I would wear it a lot, especially when the Spring and Summer roll around again.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I have only made one other Blank Slate pattern, the Juniper Jersey which is a v-neck t-shirt. I just checked and it doesn’t have notches either. I wonder if it’s true of all of their patterns?

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