It is a truth universally acknowledged, that everyone needs a Lobster Dress in their life. It’s not just me, people! I was entirely inspired by other Sewists who had previously worked with lobster print fabric. I’ve waited a full year to copy All Style and All Substance who first made a glorious Lobster Dress back in June 2011.
I believe Adrienne bought this fabric from Goldhawk Road, but I didn’t know when I was going to get there next so I purchased mine from Ebay at £3.99 a metre. You can find the supplier here.
The dress works really well with a cardigan thrown over the top. In fact, knowing that I would want to wear this dress even when it was too chilly for bare arms and legs, I lined the skirt in some oyster acetate lining. I can now wear the dress with tights all through winter, should I so choose!
I added a couple of cute details. Ric rac at the shoulder strap and some orange thread embroidery at the hem.
If you haven’t already recognised it, this is Colette Pattern’s Hazel Dress. I didn’t toile first, just crossed my fingers. I did grade the bodice from a 10 at the waist to a 6 at the chest. Even then, I had to pinch another few centimetres out of the front bodice at the top. My body! Jeez! The good news is that this bodice is very easy to adjust because of where the seam lines fall. On some bodices, if it’s too big at the top chest, there’s not much I can do about it other than put in some darts after the affair, which is always a shame. On this make, you can try on as you make, unpick seams, take them in – job done!
The other thing I like with this make is that I can adjust the shoulder straps to my wonky body. My left shoulder sits low and I’ve had a lifetime avoiding strappy dresses, because the straps always fall off my left shoulder. Not so, now! (At least, not hopefully.) Left shoulder strap duly shortened!
I added two inches to the length of the skirt. I also lowered the bust darts – I’m used to doing that now on Colette Patterns.
This dress was a big surprise. I saw it, liked it, bought it – but I wasn’t paying it a huge amount of attention. Nice summer dress, yeah, I’ll have one of those. But this is so much more than a summer dress. There’s something a little bit sophisticated and a little bit sexy going on. I have already bought some lovely black cotton to make my first ever Little Black Dress of my sewing career. Can’t you just see it with a starburst brooch at the shoulder strap? I’m so making that next!