Toile de Jouy

comments (2) June 4th, 2009 in gallery     

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I created this playful sundress using Simplicity pattern 2657.  Inspired by the French country side, I used cream and black cotton toile depicting men and women at work on a country estate.  The bodice and straps are trimmed with cream colored eyelet, and the crisscross pattern is emphasized with thin black ribbon and a black velvet ribbon just below the bust.  

I used French seams inside the dress because I do not have a serger but still wanted a finished look.  The side zipper was reinforced and hand sewn for durability.  Trying to stay faithful to the look of the original pattern, I focused on making my dress unique by using a whimsically patterned fabric and using trims to add personality.

I entered this contest as a way to challenge myself with my sewing skills and would dearly love to win the pattern-drafting software.  Best of luck to all entrants! 

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Comments (2)

LittleRachel writes: I love the toile! My sister in law is planning to do her nursery in toile! Very fun! You did a great job!
Posted: 9:40 am on June 6th
AthenaWeaves writes: You are soooo ready for the French country side. Your fabric is so lovely I wish I had some to make my own dress with. Toil is one of my favorite prints and it looks beautiful complimenting your dark hair. I admire your use of black trims to enhance the dress. Good luck with your entry! See you in Provence. :-)
Posted: 11:22 pm on June 4th
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