Selfish sewing: Blue Bird Sureau

I made a new dress! I’ve had my eye on the Sureau Dress pattern from Deer & Doe* for ages and when I was organising my stash the other day I found the perfect fabric to team it with: the Blue Bird design from Gennine Zlatkis’ Alegria collection for Cloud9! This collection was one of the first I stocked in the shop and I loved it all. When I saw how fast the Blue Birds were going I took some for myself and it’s been on my shelf ever since.

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I love this dress and I’m so pleased with the fit! One evening Ed took Harvey and I stayed late and made four test bodices before this final version. I’m not saying that to scare anyone – the pattern is wonderful – but I wanted to get it just right.

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Usually this dress has sleeves but I didn’t have enough fabric so I went sleeveless and I think it’s for the best. With three-quarter sleeves there would be a lot of Blue Birds. Plus this way I can wear it more easily with cardigans and that’s how I usually wear dresses. I also wanted to add pockets to I moved the side zip up and shortened it by a couple of inches.

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I used Cambridge in Navy for the facing because I wanted a lighter fabric to reduce the bulk at the front of the neckline. That worked pretty well, although the neckline needed a lot of pressing to lay flat. If When I make this again I’m planning to take half an inch out of the front of the neckline at the shoulder seams to see if that helps.

Oh and I’ll add a couple of inches to the length. This dress feels short! I didn’t realise until I’d already cut the skirt, so I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance at the waist and did a tiny him to preserve the length I had.

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I’m going to live in this dress all summer!

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