Ponti Roma is the perfect fabric for Autumn/Winter. It's a great all round dressmaking fabric but it also benefits from having a cosy, snuggly feel. Our 8429 is available in 5 great colours. You can see Emily's Ponti Roma tunic in red here. However, this particular blog post is about Geo's beautiful purple ponti roma dress! Take a look....
Sometime in august I met Simona for a drink when she was in London and she told me about WhiteTree Fabrics and their blog team. I checked their website and they were still looking for bloggers to join the team, so I signed up!
It took me two months to make this dress and write this post, and this was after almost a month of trying to choose the pattern and fabric. In the end I decided to go with something practical, that I could wear everyday. I used Vogue 8787 because I loved that neckline, a purple ponte roma and black stretch lining.
After looking at images of finished dresses using this pattern, I decided to make the top one size smaller than what I would normally go for. The neckline and gathered detail were more obvious when the top is really stretched on the body. The little table on the envelope says I’m somewhere in-between size 14 and 16, but after measuring the pattern I cut the top in size 10 tapering to 12 at the waist/skirt.
I didn’t want a straight skirt, but a very full skirt wouldn’t look to good in this fabric either (I think), so I closed the darts on the straight skirt to get this A-line shape. I followed the pattern instructions for constructing the dress, but I always attach the lining following this tutorial.
The plan was to make a winter dress but it looked much too severe with long sleeves and skirt.
We love this dress and think it's perfect for the colder weather. If you fancy making this dress yourself, here's your shopping list:
Ponti Roma, available in 5 colours ► here.
Lining fabric ► here.
Vogue V8787 Sewing pattern ► here.