June 09, 2014

Sew: Jaywalk Laurel




This is one bad ass Laurel. Laurel is supposed to be sweet and feminine but this one ain't! Jaywalk fabric, black knit, exposed zippers and a touch of red. A match made in heaven. 


As soon as I saw this competition announced I knew I was going to make a shift dress. Starting with the Laurel pattern, I performed a series of alterations to achieve the look I was after. I did my standard sway back adjustment, removing the excess from the back neckline in the process. After these alterations, I folded out the bust dart all the way across, raised the back neckline and placed the back pattern piece on the fold. I simply omitted the waist darts. I traced off the desired yoke piece and added seam allowances. Voila! It worked a treat. 


I gained inspiration from Pinterest for this make. The Tessuti stripes board was a winner. You can see my particular inspiration pics below. These pictures are all from the Tessuti board.


I was repeatedly drawn to a few key features. I wanted contrast sleeves, coloured binding on the neckline, a loose fit, patch pockets and an exposed zipper. I got all of them except the patch pockets. I want those to be black and if I put them on I was concerned about going over the 20% allowance for non-Jaywalk fabric. So I can add them later if I want. We'll see! 



I decided on red binding for the neckline. It would have been much easier to use black but I do thrive on a challenge. You can see a tiny sliver of the red binding in the above pictures. Below are the inside garment pictures. Pretty, isn't she??



The exposed zipper is purely decorative. I left the centre seam in the back yoke and stitched it together before stitching the zipper over the top. The seam provided the zip with some stability.


Project Details
Pattern: Colette Laurel dress, size 14
Fabric: Black/natural viscose/elastane jersey knit "Jaywalk" and black dot com jersey from Tessuti Fabrics
Alterations: Sway back adjustment, removed 3cm from back neckline, folded out bust darts, omitted centre back seam, omitted back waist darts, raised back neckline 1cm.

A good shift dress is trans-seasonal and I will be wearing my Jaywalk Shift with boots and tights for the next few months. It works well both ways.



Thanks to Tessuti Fabrics for a wonderful competition and encouraging this wonderful online sewing community. Good luck everyone!

So the big question is, pockets or no pockets?? 

L x

18 comments:

  1. This looks super on you, especially with the boots. The colours are perfectly you. I say no to pockets. It's lovely as is.

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  2. This is one awesome Laurel. I love the contrast sleeve and exposed zip. Good luck with the competition. I would hate to be in the judges seat!

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  3. Thanks Kirsty! I'm leaning towards no pockets after seeing these photos.

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  4. Hang the pockets. This is a great piece of work Leith. Good luck.

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  5. Another fabulous Jaywalk contender! I'm beginning to think I'd put my big girl panties on and overcome my morbid fear of stripes.... I love the alterations you have made to the dress - especially the zipper at back :)

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  6. Absolutely love it Leith!! I think no pockets works really well. That zip is brilliant! Great job.

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  7. Very, very nice dear! I love the zipper and hint of red.

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  8. Gosh it's lovely! I've just put a whole lot of jaywalk into my cart - you've pushed me over the line! I vote no pocket, although if you are keen for one, do a little pocket above the bust, a la tiny pocket tank.

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  9. I missed this post but LOVE love this dress! All the little extras you added make it really special.

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  10. This is GORGEOUS! I am utterly tempted to copy... er... "be inspired" by it!

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  11. Oh I love this!!! It looks great on you!

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  12. No pockets! It's awesome as is. Love the zipper!

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  13. Leith, that dress is just perfect - the fit is spot on, the zip looks great and that little touch of red is the perfect finish.

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  14. Hot Muma. It looks fantastic. Love the exposed zip.

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  15. I love this! It looks really sharp, and I love the details - the red binding is fab! :)

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  16. This is just so fantastic on you - fabulous rejig of a basic pattern, and for what it's worth, I say no pockets..... :)

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