Yikes! Somehow it got to the second week of November, and I still haven’t posted about the third dress I made at the start of October! Gah.
Anyway, here ’tis. Along with some more glimpses of our holiday. 🙂
Yep, it’s another Tiramisu! Going along with the ‘flavours’ theme of naming them, I figure this one must be Blackcurrant. (Coz grape flavoured Tiramisu? Um, no. I don’t think so.) I did toy with the idea of licquorice flavour, due to the black-and-white contrast fabric, but decided they can just be thought of as chocolate sprinkles on top instead. (Excuse me while I go and eat some chocolate now… Power of suggestion, and all that.)
Since last time I made myself a Tiramisu I ended up having to take it in by pretty much a full size, this time I cut one size down – a 30 B. Which fits a heck of a lot better! Pretty much perfectly actually, except for one small issue – I didn’t realise it when I was making it up, but the bodice on the size 30 is shorter than the size 35 bodice. Which is a bit annoying, since the size 35 midriff was hitting at the right place on me, and now the size 30 midriff is too high, and as a result does nothing flattering to my bust…. *sigh*
Aside from that annoyance (which, once made, I can’t really do anything about!), I quite like this dress. I spent ages deciding which fabric combination to use – I was thinking of making one entirely out of the black-with-white-dots knit, with red-with-white-dots for contrast. But it made my eyes go funny looking at it, so I decided to have a bit of sympathy for the rest of the world. Heh.
And I have to say – the Tiramisu is great for travelling in! I took both my Tiramisu dresses on our trip, and wore them soooo much. Every long-haul flight we did, I was wearing a Tiramisu. They’re perfect for flights, and even more perfect for flights-with-a-toddler-who-is-still-breastfed. Comfy, practical, generally rather awesome. Seriously – if you’re flying long distance, make yourself one. You’ll be glad you did.
Since we were going to Milan for a couple of days, I figured I’d better save this Tiramisu for photos there. Tiramisu, Italy – yeah, bit of a no-brainer, right? 😉 The lovely Mel did suggest I get photos while eating tiramisu in Italy. And I wanted to, I really did. But when it came down to it, well, I actually don’t like tiramisu-the-dessert. So I ordered something else instead. 😉
Pattern: Tiramisu by Cake
Fabric: purple cotton-blend tshirting (had in stash for years and I can’t remember where I got it from), black-and-white cotton tshirting for contrast (also been in my stash for years, think it was about $6 per metre, can’t remember where from?
Size made: 30 B
Adjustments made: none, but next time I’ll lengthen the bodice by an inch or two. (Oh, I did omit the pocket. Again. I’m just not loving the pocket on knit fabric, really.)
Construction notes: made entirely on my overlocker! Gotta love that thing. 4-thread knit stitch for all seams. Cover stitch to top-stitch down the arm and neck bindings. I left the hem raw, as I like it better that way. Oh, and since the neckband of my last Tiramisu is too loose at the back of the neck, I stretched the neck binding a lot tighter when sewing this one, and just cut off the extra inch that I no longer needed at one end.
These photos were all taken in Milan, wandering around near the main shopping centre.
And just because I can, here are some more photos from the Milan part of our trip. Enjoy!
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I’m also not a fan of tiramisu-the-dessert, the coffee flavour is too much for me.
Last night I finally whizzed off the pockets of my tiramisu; they were SO INCREDIBLE UNFLATTERING on me, I couldn’t even wear the dress. Now, it’s back to being my “slouchy but looking nice dress” – Mr. Guy even asked why I had got into a “going out dress” after my shower, hehe.
Those pockets. They seem like such a great idea, until you actually try the dress on…. *sigh* maybe there are some fabrics that they work in….. Maybe….
Wow the contrast bands really transform this dress… and most envious of your holiday!
Yeah, I’m really happy with how the contrast looks! I’m a bit tempted to try a color blocked one, just to see what it would look like…
another lovely creation!
i appreciate your traveling/breastfeeding endorsement…if only i could overcome my knit-sewing-phobia 🙂
Oh you should so try sewing with knits!! It’s a lot easier than you’d think 🙂 specially if you start with a good stable mid weight cotton blend tshirting – i find they’re good and easy to work with 🙂
thanks! i’ll take those words with me to the fabric shop 🙂
Lovely! That’s a GREAT color combination. Knit dresses are the best for travel. And toddlers.
The bodice fit on this one is tricky though. I’ve been meaning to have another go at it, and I think there might have been a reprint of the pattern where it was tweaked a bit to be easier to fit. But I’d love to get the fit right, and then whip out half a dozen of these and wear them every day…
They really are!!
I reckon you should give it another go, because they are so super comfy and practical 🙂
Kat, I remember chatting with you about my sewing (in)competence…. and yet I’m so taken with this frock for travelling in I’m thinking of jumping in and giving it a go.
Here’s the question (please be honest) Do you think a beginner (me) could do this? and Could I do it with a normal sewing machine?
I think you could definitely do it! Steph (who designed the pattern) has put together a bunch of online resources to help if you get stuck.
And yes, you can totally sew one on your standard machine – the instructions are actually for using a standard machine.
Give it a go! I reckon this style would look lovely on you 🙂
I think this is my fav colour / pattern combo for this dress. Looks super comfy but still very stylish!
Aww thank you! 🙂
I agree with your assessments – overall the dress fits much better, but the shelf is too short. What a shame, so close to perfect. Nevertheless, still very close! I like it a lot!
Ah well, I’ll just keep improving the fit every time and eventually it will be perfect!! 🙂
(Commented about your dress on The Monthly Stitch post, but love it!). And, what beautiful pics from Italy!
There were so many pretty fountains and buildings in Milan, it was a lovely place to explore 🙂
Love this colour combo, very cool! I agree that the bodice length could be better but it’s still a great dress. And wonderful photos of your holiday!
Thanks! 🙂 I’m considering making another one in the same colours to get the bodice fit right…
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