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Completed: Lisette Continental Dress

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I bought this dress pattern recently, but in the spirit of stash busting I told myself I wouldn’t buy new fabric to make it. (I did anyway but that’s not the point.) This fabric has been tucked away in my fabrics bin for quite some time, but I didn’t realize exactly how long until I looked at the date on the salvage… SINCE 2006!! SIX YEARS!!! That’s shameful! I also didn’t realize it’s by Alexander Henry! He’s one of my favorite fabric designers now.

I didn’t really tweak this pattern much except for a few additions. I added the little front pocket, a belt, and some ric rac to the collar before binding it. I also did a huge “pillow case” hem on the bottom.

Lisette calls this the “Continental Dress”, but I think it looks like more of a Clam Bake dress. Or a Market Fresh Sandwhich Dress. …I don’t know why but the fabric reminds me of Arby’s haha! If it reminds you of a kitchen curtain, that’s because it’s supposed to be.

It’s a good dress for a creemee date though I’ll tell ya that.

Also a great dress for a 4th of July family drive.

Lucille knows that adventure time means Indiana Jones hat time. Adventure we did!

The Lisette Continental is definitely a good all purpose dress and a suuuupppper easy project. I finished it in just a few hours, and that includes tracing and cutting the pattern first! I bought the pattern specifically for the dress, but I may just have to give the separates a try one of these days.

I have to say, I’m really loving these easy one day projects. No zippers, no interfacing, no hassle. It’s pretty nice.

In other news, I’m piecing my Hazel dress together now after a gingham fabric catastrophe. I scratched the gingham idea completely after realizing it’s too sheer and not worth underlining. Now I’m doing an ombre style color block Hazel in aqua colors! Hopefully it turns out nicely.

Happy Independence Day every one!

Other Outfit Details
shoes: Target
bag: Moresca
hat: Target (stolen from the Mr.)
hair:  Slique
glasses: Ray Ban

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  • Lavender

    Creemees!!! This dress is too adorbs. Perfect New England summer dress.

  • theperfectnose

    Love the dress, love the doog. Somehow I thought that pattern featured an elastic waist…

    • Rochelle New

      Thank you! There is no elastic involved. The pattern does include a pattern piece to make a fabric tie for the waist, but I decided to forgo that and make my own.

  • Liz Alexandre

    This is great – somehow you make ric-rac look great instead of looking like it is a dress for a five year old. I wish I could master that!

  • Caitlin A.

    Beastie smiles! Also, lovely dress friend :)

  • Sarah Gilbert

    What a lovely dress! Lucille, as always, steals the show!

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    Always cute! Maybe you had the fabric for so long because you were waiting for the perfect project? :)

  • ShanniLoves...

    Love your version of the dress! I just love this pattern, so easy for an inexperienced sewer like me. Love the ric rac and pocket you added!

    • Rochelle New

      Thank you! I think this is the perfect pattern for a beginner, and it also allows you to add more advanced things when you’re ready. It’s a great jumping off point, and also great for lazy sewers like me ;)

  • Lauren

    Girl you are KILLING me with your & Lucille’s cuteness. Just stop already, argh!

    Haha but seriously – cute dress! I love the rickrack!

    • Rochelle New

      I think Lucille has killed me on numerous occasions with her cuteness haha!! Sometimes I look at her ridiculous face and I choke up a little. I can’t help it.

      But seriously – thank you ;)

  • Agoodwardrobe

    So sweet! I love print!

  • Gillian

    You are the undeniable queen of ricrac! The dress looks so happy and fun – I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July! Out of curiousity, how did this pattern compare to the New Look 6022?

    • Rochelle New

      Thanks! We did enjoy the 4th :) Continental is VERY similar to 6022 though much simpler since both pieces are cut on the fold, and there is no key hole cut out in the back piece. I’m pretty sure this dress is longer too. I think this dress has more ease of wear built in, so I ended up taking it in a little at the sides, but I actually prefer the way it fits over the New Look dress, because it’s a bit more shapely in the cut (it has a bit of a dip at the waist). But I really like the little pleats in the 6022 neck line instead of the gathers in this one. I just really like the look of pleats. I think I might make this dress again but with a pleated neck line, and then it will be the best of both worlds!

      • Gillian

        That DOES sound like it would be a good combo! Now you are making me want ot sew up a comfy summer shift dress instead of tackling the linen Cambie I’m supposed to be making for my sister… I’m afraid of my first FBA!

        • Rochelle New

          Oooo a linen Cambie sounds awfully pretty! Yeah, FBA’s do sound a bit scary, but I know you can do it! No darts or FBA’s of any kind to be made on the Continental FYI ;)

          • Gillian

            I’m finding it waaay more imtimidating to sew for someone else – What if I mess it up? Maybe I’ll reward myself with a nice easy dress after.

  • sallieforrer

    Its such a perfect dress for easy summer days (and yes, very apropos for the 4th)! I think summer is all about easy projects. Its just too depressing to stay inside all day fussing over some sewing! I think your Hazel dress sounds beautiful – I can’t wait to see it.

  • CuckooChanel

    Summer perfection. Love the dress and the print! Adorable creemee date pics.

  • Helen Made

    Love this dress. The fabric is amazing. I’ve actually got this dress in my pattern stash as it came free with sewing magazine. I thought the dress looked like a good all purpose dress and you’ve just prooved my point! I think it may be moving further up the ‘to sew’ pile!

    • Rochelle New

      It’s a great dress and SO SO simple to make! It’s only two pieces (plus the bias tape bits) and both are cut on the fold. It goes together in a snap. You should move it to the top of the “to sew” pile ;)

  • Ginger

    Really, really cute! I love this print!

    • Rochelle New

      Thanks! I love the fabric too but I wasn’t sure if I’d look too much like a kitchen curtain if I wore it. …turns out I don’t care lol I love this dress!

  • Kati Bannister

    That dress is adorable!!!! I can’t wait to see your hazel,

  • Meg @ Mood Fabrics

    Adorable dress! Yeah, summer sewing is all about easy.

  • Laura Poehlman

    So easy to wear and cute! I totally bought that pattern for the skirt pattern, but you have shown me the error of my ways. I can suddenly see quite clearly the power of this as a stashbuster. Brava!

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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