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A closer look at Truffle

Here are a few more pictures of my latest sewing project, as promised! When I first took a look through the handbook, I thought this dress would be my least favorite dress to make (spoiler alert: it’s now my favorite!!) The example given in the book is simple, and elegant, …but totally boring! A solid color silky fabric really shows off the skirt drape in this dress… but I love cottons and I love PRINTS!

After much deliberation on which fabric to use (and even scraping the first 90% completed dress attempt) I decided to go with this particular organic cotton that I had been swooning over in the shop! I actually bought the last of the bolt just to make this dress. As I mentioned in the previous post, I originally planed to make a very different “Truffle” dress (this one), but decided to stick with the original Truffle pattern in the spirit of the sew along. I’m really glad I did because I think this is my favorite dress I’ve ever made to date!

I only made a few mods to my Truffle, including: pink piping at the neckline, two little pink buttons at the center front neck line, a standard zipper in lieu of the invisible one, and a dual button belt that I whipped up out of the remaining piping and the pink fabric I scrapped from my first Truffle.

Don’t look too closely at the belt! I seriously threw it together with no pattern and in less than ten minutes! Ah! It actually turned out exactly pretty close to exactly how I intended, so I’m very happy with it.

I finished the hem of the inside lining, but didn’t actually stitch it to the waist as instructed. I’m very glad I didn’t because I ended up having to take in the seam at the arm pits a tad. The bust fit well, but for some reason there was a pretty big flare out at the top of the side seams. (Did anyone else experience this?) I also opted not to stitch each bodice layer to the zipper separately. Too much hassle! Speaking of the zipper, I feel like 24in was unnecessarily long for this dress. A 20 or 22in zipper probably would have been plenty.

I went super lazy with the bottom hem and just rolled under my finished edge and stitched it down. I was trying to save as much length as I could at the bottom. Heaven forbid this girl shows too much knee cap! I’m old school. I know. I also feel like this technique helped keep my drape layer nice and drapey! (My computer tells me “drapey” is not a word. That’s a lie I tell you!)

All in all I’m soooo happy with how my Truffle turned out! I made my mom proud. She says it’s amazing, and my mom never lies to me. So yeah. wink wink 😉

Some of the awesome ladies from the Sew Colette Group have already started uploading their Truffle versions, and my oh my there are some nice ones!! High Fives all around!!

p.s. can you believe we’re THREE MONTHS into this sew-along?! I don’t want it to end 🙁

Now I just need to finish my Mad Men dress before that deadline. Yikes.

Take care, All!

*a special thank you to my wonderful Mr. for snapping the pics of me in my dress before work!
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  • Amanda Russell

    It’s about time i came to and followed your blog! I’ve really loved all your Sew Colette creations so far; it’s been so fun sewing along with you and all the other gals! 🙂 … and I agree with Erin, I’d really love to see a tutorial on that belt too!
    And drapey is absolutely a word!! 😀

    • Well hi there! Thanks for taking the time to say hello 🙂 
      I have a belt tutorial in the works, as I’m making another one to go with my latest Colette Palette Challenge dress that I just finished! I should have it up this week, so stay tuned.

      p.s. I’m glad I have a small following of people who agree “drapey” is a word 😉

      • Amanda Russell

        Sweet, can’t wait! 🙂

  • Adorbs! I’m always using shorter than called for zips, as I don’t want them falling at my widest bits. And drapey is totes a word.

  • Isn’t it the best feeling when you complete a project and are so so proud of it! I’m glad that this project turned out better than you expected!

  • I LOVE your Truffle! Then, I love all your Sew Colette projects: each one is so YOU. The buttons and the piping are great additions, and that belt is an excellent accessory! 

    Can’t wait to see you make up your Trudy dress!

  • I love it, too! The print is amazing (organic cotton? swoon!) and I love the addition of the buttons and pink piping. Well done!

    I don’t want the sew along to end either!! We could always sew Famous Frocks together!

    • Thank you! Yes I will be looking for another sew-along soon!

  • Awww, this is tooooooo cute!  I love it!

  • I’m glad you stuck with the book version because yours turned out totally cute! Love the fabric & the little mods you made to give it some character 🙂

  • Zara Edwards

    Adorable!  I personally thought that the cardigan really pulled the entire outfit together, so cute!  And the belt was actually perfect for the entire ensemble.  Great job, and as always I’m totally looking forward to your next awesome outfit!

  • pincushiontreats

    The inside is just as pretty as the outside! And how cute are your poses?!

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    We are the same! I wasn’t super pumped on the dress originally, but after making it I LOVE it! I even told Luke that it was one of my favorite things I have ever made, if not my absolute favorite.

    I already told you that I love your dress, but I didn’t tell you that I love your belt. How did you make it? I am interested!!! 

    You are awesome!

    • Oh jeeze. The belt is a MESS on the underside haha! Like I said, I seriously slapped the thing together so fast. I didn’t use a pattern either, I just kinda went for it. It was easy enough to make but I’d have to walk myself through the steps again to try and explain how I did it. BUT! I’d be more than happy to share that information with you once I collect the steps and get them down in a share-able way 🙂 

      …no you’re awesome!

  • Hi! It looks so cute – and you look happy in it! I didn’t get any odd flaring under the arm, but I did have to make all kinds of bodice adjustments, so who knows! I’m curious: is your cotton quilting weight, or lighter? I’m such a sucker for (good quality) quilting weight fabrics – I just love the patterns and colours! I was a little afraid that the ruffle wouldn’t hang well in something stiff though. I might just have to make another version if you say it works! 😉 

    • The fabric is described as quilting weight. I don’t find it to be on the thin side at all, but it’s not too thick either. It has a great drape, even when unwashed and right off the bolt! I didn’t pre-wash this fabric before I made the dress. (I didn’t have time!) So yeah, all around I would say it’s just a really nice high quality fabric. Totally worth the money. I’m very happy with it. 

      Hawthorn Threads gives you discounts when you buy multiple yards, and they have super fast shipping! http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/julia_rothman/miscellany/flora_in_sepia