Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

Hi and welcome! I’m Darcie, aka Mimi’s Mom. You can read more about me here. I’m so excited to get to join the Lorelei Dress Blog Tour today! I met Elizabeth of E-beth Designs through a few Facebook groups, and I was thrilled to get to get to be part of the blog tour for her first women’s design. I was provided with a copy of the pattern to participate, but all opinions and stitches are my own! Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

First, I was really impressed when opened the PDF for the Lorelei Dress* (*affiliate link to pattern). I’d already been aware from the pattern workshop class* we’re in that Elizabeth had drafted cup sizes for each size! Lots of work!! This pattern is drafted professionally like one of the major paper pattern companies. But all the details and steps included read like a PDF tutorial. Best of both worlds! I enjoyed getting to do some of the less basic sewing as compared to most digital patterns out there. There are some neat details that up the finish level and make the dress just a little less “home sewn.” Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

My fabric is a 1980s cotton from my mom bought when we used to have local yardage shops in town. It’s a Cranston Print Works, which is apparently still in business but puts out their fabrics under the VIP label for various chain fabric stores. I found a couple more prints from them in Mom’s stash that she’s already handed off to me. She said she’d bought it to make a romper, and she liked the retro look of the big dots. Now they really are retro! The classic style was what drew me to use this for the dress as well. Using vintage fabric can be challenging, as there was a section that was faded and other parts that were stretched off grain. Lining up a pattern nicely with stretched fabric is nearly impossible. Luckily, I think I’m the only one that will care if a couple dots are off. Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

I was scared at first to make the size on the included size chart, but I think it came out great! I did not make a muslin first, which I usually recommend, but I measured and measured and held it up as I went to be sure it would work. The size I cut was going to be a little bigger than my measurements, and it’s always easier to take in than let out. But really, do as I say, not as I do. Make a MUSLIN!! Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

Despite so many pieces and steps, this came together beautifully! I like a challenge, and I love how the Lorelei Dress pushed me a little instead of allowing me to sleep through the construction process. I did choose an invisible zipper, and I must say, it looks pretty darned invisible. I gathered 540″ of tulle for the petticoat, I broke out the blind hem foot, and I actually (gasp) handsewed! I even skipped serging everything and went strictly conventional sewing machine for a truly retro inspired dress. Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

I’m ready to head out in my fancy frock! But first, I made a little Coraline Clutch* to go with it, something that wouldn’t overpower the dots but would feel a little vintage. This one was some antique linens inherited from someone or another, just the right size for a little bag. I love this bag, just the right size for the essentials. Lorelei Dress Blog Tour Lorelei Dress Blog Tour - Coraline Clutch On second hand, maybe I won’t go out. Maybe I’ll just lay here and dream up the next Lorelei Dress I’m going to make. If you’re ready to make a Lorelei Dress* yourself, Elizabeth is offering $3 off the pattern price this week with the code blogtour. Lorelei Dress Blog Tour

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour all this week! I’ve seen some sneak peeks, and there are some gorgeous things to come!

June 2nd: Fabulous Home-Sewn & Friends Stitched Together

June 3rd: Lulu & Celeste & Mimi’s Mom

June 4th:  Sew Starly Mama Lusco

June 5th:  PiePie DesignsTwo Novembers, & Friends Stitched Together

June 6th:  Crafty BiggersLady and The Gents, & Growing Family 1


And enter to win one of three copies being given away here in the Rafflecopter below! You’ll get the first entry for being a fan of E-beth Designs, then additional entries for the other participating bloggers. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lorelei Dress Blog Tour Thanks for visiting! This was fun!

This post was linked up at the following link parties:

PiePie Designs
Handmade Dress Haven

*Affiliate links in the post will earn me a small commission when you purchase through my links at no added cost to you.





17 responses to “Lorelei Dress Blog Tour”

  1. […] She was inspired by the classic lines and petticoat to go very vintage with her Lorelei look.  Go here to see what she […]

  2. Ula Avatar

    You look great! The dress looks great on you 🙂

    1. Darcie Avatar

      Thanks, Ula! Love yours too!

  3. fenna Avatar

    love it, Darcie! It looks great!

    1. Darcie Avatar

      Thanks, Fenna!

  4. Elizabeth Bolton Avatar
    Elizabeth Bolton

    This whole ensemble is fabulous – love the dress, love the Coraline, love your look – stunning!!

    1. Darcie Avatar

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I appreciate it!

  5. Starly Avatar

    Love it! I also adore that you used the pop of pink on your Coraline. It’s perfect =) You look great!!

    1. Darcie Avatar

      That’s exactly what I was thinking with the pink ribbon! Can’t wait to see yours tomorrow!

  6. Stephanie Avatar

    super pretty, great job! i have some fabric just like that in my stash – maybe it wants to be a dress too 🙂

    1. Darcie Avatar

      All fabrics want to be dresses! Or maybe purses. I’d love to see what you do!

  7. Mama Lusco Avatar

    I love the polka dot fabrics. Your dress looks great!

    1. Darcie Avatar

      Thanks, I had so much fun with it!

  8. Sarah Avatar

    Sooo pretty! I am loving this pattern!

  9. Szymon Avatar

    Darcie, yes, you’re looking great 🙂

    Actually, I was looking for blogs about bicycle touring… What made Google to show me your blog? 😉

    … but definitely – no, I’m not complaining seeing you here… 🙂 Keep smiling! :]

  10. Lisa Avatar

    Love this dress! It is perfect for you! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Sews at PiePie Designs!

  11. Sarah Avatar

    Such a pretty dress! The polka dots are the perfect fabric for it!!!

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