20 Jan 2013 2 Comments
I’ve only just started planning the great adventure of sewing the Truffle dress from Colette Patterns and I can’t stop thinking about the variations I could make. This is a good pattern to have. An almost basic bodice and a basic A line skirt block = a million dresses to invent.
The first thing that comes to mind when seeing the truffle pattern is to do a little shoulder strap alteration so that the strap doesn’t fall so much onto the shoulder cap. When doing my fashion croquis (so oh la la :) I discovered that I have an x shaped (hourglass) silhouette with strong shoulders (ok, I knew this last bit) so I don’t need to draw any more attention to them.
It wasn’t long until I started thinking of other cleavage alterations, such as a deeper V in front and adding a slim fabric sash in the same colour as the dress. I like this Ann Taylor dress (sans that weird fat dart on the front skirt – what’s up with that?).
However, another idea would be to create a dropped sleeve like this 1960′s model found on My Vintage Vogue. The skirt is fuller on this model, but I could just make a half circle skirt to go with the altered bodice. No ivy bandana motifs on my dress this time tough.
I think I will start with the basic pattern (maybe exclude the ruffle to start with) and a modest fabric that doesn’t stand out too much - it’s still winter here so something I could wear with a cardigan and tights for sure.
I could add a nice detail, like a bow belt. Love this one from BHLDN:
Decisions, decisions :) Did you sew a Truffle already? Would you? What would you change and how would you make it more “you”?