I'm on a Republic du Chiffon thing at the moment. Today it's my second pattern, Robe Monique.
I have been thinking about this dress for a long time. The fabric that the dress is made up on the RdC website is so beautiful it's hard not be to taken by it and Julie from one of my favourite blogs (Jolies Bobines) also made up a gorgeous one in YSL fabric no less! For me, I've been dreaming about a winter version made out of velvet.
I found some 'velvet like' fabric at Addicted to Fabric which I thought would be perfect. It has a lovely feel to it. You know the sort where you just want to keep stroking it. It's quite like velvet, but sadly it hangs a bit stiff. It's called Carbine and is 40% Polyester 60% Viscose (Style: 70021314).
The pattern calls for 5 tabs on each arm but I ended up cutting 6 and extending the arm ever so slightly so that it ends just after my elbow. I also wanted the gaps to be slightly smaller. I measured out the gaps meticulously but they aren't perfect. I redid these a few times, but in the end I'm relying on the fact that I'm constantly moving and that my arms won't stay still long enough for anyone to get out their ruler and measure them up. The gaps in the photos is also quite deceiving, the dress never sits perfectly.
I ended up taking an inch off the length off the tabs in order to bring the dress in a bit. It is still a bit big across the shoulders, which I'd fix next time. Sadly the drape (or lack thereof) of the fabric makes it quite bulky and probably not very flattering.
There is so much of this dress that I like. The 'gladiator sandal' sleeves are so not me that I like them for it, it's a bit 60s-esque and of course any dress that I can wear with these ankle boots I love. I know it will get a run as a date night dress and well, we'll see what happens with the hem.