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The Trillium dress

It’s certainly been a minute! While I was away from the blog I got a new job, moved to Ohio, and got a new cat. All good things, and I can promise many photos of the car. Lately I’ve been sewing again, and missed sharing what I’ve made.

Pattern: the Trillium Dress (formerly washi)

Designer: Made by Rae

Fabric: Anchor print cotton voile, Gertie for JoAnn several years ago.

Notes: I’ve owned this pattern for an embarrassing amount of time. I love a good empire waist, but the ruching intimidated me!

I’ve made a commitment to get back to some of my creative hobbies, so when I dug this fabric out of storage I knew what I wanted to make.

I cut a size small with the C cup bodice pieces. My waist measurement is larger than that size, but I figured it wouldn’t matter with the elastic. I was right about that.

The directions for this dress are excellent, very clear. When I got to the waist, I took a deep breath and watched YouTube videos. I ended up having to adjust my bobbin case tension, which was scary, but it worked out in the end!

I ran out of fabric and had to turn and stitch the armhole seam allowances. It’s not as neat as I would like, but it’s not noticeable.

If I made this again I would lower the bust darts by an inch or so – they are pretty high on me, and I am a 34 c bra. I’d also probably use bias binding instead of the facing option on the neck and armholes for a cleaner finish. But it fits well, and I got lots of compliments when I wore it to church last week – I see another of these (maybe in a solid linen?) in my future!

I’m hoping to post here more, but if you’re interested you can follow me on Instagram (in the sidebar or search for stitchywitchcreates.

And as promised, the cat photos! His name is Bones, and he is so spoiled! Here he is enjoying some nice fresh laundry.

4 thoughts on “The Trillium dress

  1. Love your dress. You’ve inspired me to make one for myself! I haven’t done anything in ages, so thank you!!

  2. Laura, I, too, have had the pattern for a LONG time and am about to start making it. If you go to Made by Rae’s website, you will see tutorials for other necklines, hemlines and replacing the ruching with a single wide elastic in back. Thanks for sharing your work!

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