I think it is very obvious that I love my Laurel dresses! I’ve worked on this pattern for a year now and it is safe to say that it is one of my tried and true patterns that I keep coming back to.
I’ve made so many modifications to the pattern that I don’t even know where to begin. You can read about my start off point for the pattern here and all the modifications I’ve made to it to begin with, but to summarize my original modifications were:
- moving the bust darts to the proper height for my body
- increasing shoulder width
- redrafting armscye (lowering it a bit) and sleeve cap
- taking ease out of sleeve cap
- taking in side seams
The final pattern was great! Yet, I still felt like I could use a little bit more width in the upper back, especially with fabric that had no stretch.
Although I love my first Laurel pattern, I find myself reaching for less fitted dresses these days. So I wanted to change my beloved pattern to reflect that. For this version, I took my already modified Laurel pattern and made some further modifications, some of which overrode the original modifications and brought the look of my Laurel back to the original Laurel pattern. This time I did the following:
- added more width to the front and back (~1/2″)
- omitted the back darts
- widened and shortened the sleeve
I used luxurious blush tencel twill from Blackbird Fabrics. Unfortunately it is sold out, but Caroline still has some other colors in stock. I can not praise this tencel twill enough. Hands down, this twill has been one of my go-to fabrics this summer. It is so lightweight, soft, drapey and has a lovely silk feel to it. It does crease easily but somehow it still looks great at the end of the day, even with the creases. I still have a few other colors in my stash and I plan to make another Laurel and a couple pairs of pants. Yep, that’s how much I love this fabric.
The dress turned out exactly how I wanted it to! I love it when the projects cooperate. I was a little worried about the color of the dress at first and wondered if it washes me out since I am not as tanned this summer. But after wearing it to work and feeling absolutely put together and elegant all my worries were gone. Something about a simple, blushy pink dress just feels so feminine and elegant! And afterall, it’s about how you feel in the clothes, and this dress made me feel like I could conquer the world, while wearing heels too! So yes, it’s a win.
What do you think about the color? Would you wear something this blushy pink out?
P.S. My camera has been acting up! All my images seem to be out of focus and slightly blurry… My iPhone takes better pictures! I am sure it is the operator issue though. I will try to figure out what is wrong. Wish me luck!