September 28, 2012
Hello All! Julia here, and I’m going to tell you all about my experience with the Miz Mozelle sew-along!
First of all, puff sleeves and a peter pan collar on an easy to wear dress? Yes please! Like everyone else I was excited to join the sew along for the aesthetics, but as it turns out this pattern is not only cute, it’s quick and fun to make as well!
I first made a copy of the pattern onto muslin. I don’t always trace my patterns, but if I think that I’m going to make the pattern again I’ll take the time to do it. I used muslin because I had extra hanging around. Then I chose my fabric, a Tula Pink print from her nightshade collection, and a lace-edged bias tape for the trim. I liked the scale of the prints and a spooky motif.
Since the largest measurements listed were close to my actual measurements, and I was using a quilting cotton I decided to make the bodice and skirt a little more a-lined and less tapered. I omitted the waist tie to accommodate my ample collection of belts.
Since I have shorter legs compared to my torso, I also found it necessary to shorten the skirt length by about 3 inches. I might even shorten it by another inch and a half so that the proportions are better.
Overall I only had minor alterations to make on the first go, and boy, did this dress sew up quickly! It only took about an hour and a half once I had cut it out and could focus. I love the results and am excited to wear it year-round. In fact, I liked the Miz Mozelle so much, I made it again!
The second time around I used a burgundy stretch velvet, and trimmed it with an organic cotton lace instead of the peter pan collar. I also left out the key hole and made a v-neck neckline: both easy alterations! I just cut straight from the fold up to the shoulder seam instead of cutting out the key hole and cutting a curve to the shoulder seam. I didn’t taper the bodice this time either, I left it as-is.
I’m so excited about this pattern! I know that I’m going to make it several more times. It looks good with and without tights making it versatile through the seasons, and it’s so easy to throw on in the morning. What’s not to love?
I hope that this inspired you to make your own, I know you won’t regret it!