Wednesday, May 9, 2012

TSC: Lady Mary's Flower Show Dress

I am quite pleased with my progress on my That's Sew Cinematic plan.  In fact, I am almost finished all of my items.  Today, I'd like to share with you my interpretation of Lady Mary Crawley's Flower Show dress.  Here's the inspiration photo:

Source: google.ca via Sarah on Pinterest


I wanted to recreate a more modern version of the dress, something that fits with my daily wardrobe needs.  Using Victory Pattern's Chloe as a starting point, I came up with this:


The fabric is a lovely striped seersucker, which I lined with rayon.  I wanted to play with the stripes a bit, much like the inspiration photo, and I took it a step further with the bias cut stripes on the cuffs and hem.   

The lace at the shoulders was salvaged from a vintage doily and the navy grosgrain ribbon came from my stash.  I used my trusty Jasmine for the sleeves, as Chloe comes either sleeveless or with cap sleeves.



I am quite pleased with how my stripes matched up - a skill I am still developing - and how the grosgrain ribbon highlights the shape of the dress.  All in all, I feel a rather modern Lady Mary.

How are you getting along with your That's Sew Cinematic items?  Be sure to post your progress in the Flickr group, as we'd love to follow along!

22 comments:

Kristin said...

This is so lovely! :) I'm really impressed with how closely you stayed to the inspiration dress but still made it modern.

~Kristin

Meg @ Mood Fabrics said...

Cute dress, and nice work with the stripes. We love anything Downton Abbey-inspired here at Mood.

Claire said...

This is adorable! Or really I should say, classy and chic. I love your interpretation.

Jennifer said...

Very nice interpretation! I've been looking forward to seeing how others are sewing this one, as it's on my list too.

Sarah said...

@Kristin - Thank you so much!

@Meg at Mood -Wow! I am so delighted and honoured to have you comment on my little blog :) I adore Downton Abbey!

@Claire - Thank you! I had fun playing with the stripes.

gingermakes said...

Great interpretation of the dress! This is way cute!

Lindsey H said...

I really like your version of Mary's dress! I love how you got the stripes to go in multiple directions and I think you updated the style very well.

Meg the Grand said...

I LOVE IT!! It is just so fantastic as a modern version with the lace and the stripes. You nailed the look perfectly - bravo my friend!!

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

I like your version better!!!! So cute! :)

Symon said...

Great idea adding sleeves!! I really love how versatile the Jasmine sleeves are - I see them added to so many things, seamlessly (figuratively - not literally of course LOL)

Lovely work lining up the stripes and in all different directions too - bravo! :)

Christine said...

Lovely! I just finished mine and hope to take pics of it tonight. Same inspiration dress, just another 'modern' take on it. Yours is beautiful!

poppykettle said...

This is so gorgeous - looks great on you! I've always loved that dress from Downton - so lovely and reminiscent of the era, but I had a feeling it could also be adapted to be something more modern... just waiting for someone to do it! Totally love it!

Urban Rustic said...

Gorgeous dress!
I must admit that I had many plans that have failed so far to come to fruition other than my daughters ball gown.This is mostly because I just can't find any fabric that I like.
I also forgot about the Flickr group so I shall head over there now.
well done!

Scruffybadger said...

Gosh sarah, I was wondering just how you would create a modern day dress based on lady marys striey flower show number and could not have imagined this gem. Fab use of stripes, and a whole load of creativity going on.fantastic!!

Glistener said...

LOVE Downton and LOVE your take on the dress

Debi said...

This is one has to be one of my favourite dresses you've made! An absolutely fantastic modern Lady Mary!!! Love it!

Ali said...

What a great variation on the Chloe! I never would've guessed. And pretty fabric too, I've never seen seersucker with such large stripes.

I can't keep up with you, you've been producing so much loveliness. Blouses and tunics and dresses. What a great me-made wardrobe you're creating.

Amy said...

Fabulous dress! My chin hit the floor from its awesomeness.

velosewer said...

That's a really lovely dress. It works really well.

Sølvi said...

This is such a pretty dress! I really love how you´ve used the stripes to their full potential. This dress is absolutely gorgeous!

I am running a little behind on photographing my Cinematic progress, I can´t believe you´re almost finished! Nicely done! :-)

Fiona said...

I LOVE this make! You've done such a good job of taking a historic piece you love and making it wearable today. I was really interested to see what you did with your Downton Abbey inspired choices and you have not disappointed!

Stephanie Lynn said...

LOVE IT! What perfect modern Downton Abbey-ness! :)