February 20, 2012

Pattern: Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen  

Textiles Used:  silk from Vogue fabrics

Sizing: The sizing was true to my measurements.  

The Good: I am beyond excited about how this dress turned out.  It might be my favorite thing that I have sewn up to now.  The pattern and instructions are easy to follow.

The Bad: This is the first silk item that I have ever made.  It was a little tough.  I did french seams which made the dress beautiful on the inside, but it made it hard to fit is perfectly.  And it’s not easy to unpick silk without snagging the fabric.

Changes Made:  I made quite a few changes this time.   I raised the neckline by an inch, lowered the waistline by an inch.  I added a tie to the neckline.  I also omitted the buttons down the front.  Instead, I sewed up the center front until about 4 inches below the waistline.  I then added snaps from there to the neckline.  I also decided to add a lining to the skirt portion of the dress.
Conclusion: Wonderful pattern with lots of opportunities to change it for your personal taste.

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  • Reply Lisa February 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    This dress is beautiful. Your changes are great and the Silk looks divine.

  • Reply Meli February 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    This is fantastic! Good job!

  • Reply Susan February 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    The tricky fabric was worth it – your dress is fabulous.

  • Reply Leah Franqui February 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    This looks phenomenal. I love it! Love the modifications and the fabric is excellent.

  • Reply megannielsen February 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Oh Kelli!! I love it!

    I literally gasped when i saw the tie front – what a gorgeous detail to add!! So pretty!!

    I’m sorry you had trouble with the silk – but i think it was totally worth it because this dress is stunning! The problem with silk is once you get the hang of sewing with it you will get addicted hehehe

    Hugs!! xoxo

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe February 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    So so lovely. Gorgeous fabric and that bow is so cute.

  • Reply katherine h February 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Gorgeous Dress! love the lippie too!

  • Reply shivani February 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    this is so lovely! the struggle with the silk was totally worth it! and I love your modifications.

  • Reply emily.marie February 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    This printed silk is AMAZING and gives the dress so much character! I made four lined silk crepe de chine bridesmaid dresses last year, so I know your pain (but it does get easier)! 🙂 Now that you’re done with sewing you get to reap the benefit of how beautifully the fabric wears (very)!

  • Reply Andrea B February 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    ohhhh my Lord, it’s stunning! I love your modified version with the bow, and that fabric print is amazing. Well done!

  • Reply jen February 23, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Love the bow and it looks so good in this fabric!

  • Reply Quichea February 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Definitely suffering from sewers envy right now. Great dress!

  • Reply Gail March 3, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Stumbled across your blog and love your style.

  • Reply Madalynne March 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I love, love, love it! You made some great alterations/changes to the design and I’m smitten with the hot pink lipstick you wear with the dress in the photo (that color lipstick is a current obsessions of mine).

  • Reply Ololi March 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Such an elegant dress. Love the silk fabric and the bow detail 😉

  • Reply Cynthia March 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    This is really cute. My favorite darling ranges yet!

  • Reply Danka May 6, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I’m making this dress at the moment and Googled images for inspiration. Your version is incredible! So cute, elegant and sophisticated at the same time.

  • Reply Mika September 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I wish I had this dress. I love it.

  • Reply sewcharleston September 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Beautiful dress!!!!

  • Reply angela December 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I love your take on this, you have dressed it up with the choice of fabric and the bow! Perfect omitting the buttons!

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    Looks fantastic

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