Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Sophia Dress

By Hand London Sophia Dress


By Hand London Sophia Dress


I just finished my first By Hand London dress, the loverly Sophia!! I immediately loved the design of the Sophia, and grabbed it up during their pre-sale sale. The mixture of the 8 darts and the angled cut of the straps is sooo modern and chic - Love it! I knew it would be the perfect dress to wear to spring/summer weddings.






Soo many darts!


I spent a lot of time looking at fabric, and originally had my heart set on a pretty wool/lurex blue and gold brocade but couldn't quite commit because of the price. Then I found this pretty (& reversible) cotton jacquard from Mood - in my budget and completely perfect. Cotton is a much better choice for summer anyways, and this fabric is also super comfortable and easy to dance in!


Sewing the bodice and lining together



By Hand London Sophia Dress


I used the reverse side of the fabric for the bodice, it's not super noticeable but still a fun detail  :)  Overall, the dress was pretty simple to make and the BHL directions were great! The hardest part was matching the darts and keeping them from moving out of place while sewing. I pinned the darts together first - matching them carefully, and then continued with the rest of the pinning. I suggest using a lot of pins so your fabric doesn't slip the darts out of place.










Josh and I took pics while hiking through Pony Pastures park, along the James River in Richmond. It was a beautiful day, it is full-on summer here - so warm! I also wore the dress to my cousin's wedding last weekend (and finished it the night before!)!


By Hand London Sophia Dress
Lovely lining!

Iowa wedding


This dress is going to get a lot of wear, it's so simple and comfy. I've been sewing up a storm lately! I have a couple pencil skirts and a tote bag in the works  :)


Photographer found in his natural habitat



5 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dress- I love the fabric!!

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  2. How pretty! I love your fabric choice, using both sides is such a subtle way to make it look more interesting. :)

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  3. How pretty! I love your fabric choice, using both sides is such a subtle way to make it look more interesting. :)

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    1. Thanks! The fabric was so nice to work with!

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