Orchid Midi Dress by Chalk and Notch

You might have seen that Chalk and Notch has released the Orchid Midi Dress, and of course I couldn't wait to make one for myself!



The Orchid Midi is an elegant dress pattern that has a wrap bodice with a midi-length skirt. I made View A because...well, ruffle sleeves! How was I going to pass that one up? View B is also very elegant with long puffed sleeves (at the cap) that have a gathered elastic wrist. 


I have stayed away from wrap dresses in the past because I was convinced they wouldn't work for such a small-busted person. Or maybe I should say, I thought wrap dresses weren't for me. And also I didn't like worrying about my skirt flopping open in the front whenever I sat down. But this is more of a faux-wrap bodice, so I thought I should give it a try. I'm so happy I did!

I did an SBA according to the instructions in the tutorial and I also shortened the skirt at both shorten/lengthen lines (one above the knee and one below) by about 5" total for my 5'1" frame (sorry I don't have the exact measurement - basically I held it up to myself and thought "this looks about right"). I made the size 2, which is my usual size for Chalk and Notch patterns. I felt the armholes were a little high in this view for me, so next time I will lower them a bit. They should be fine for the long-sleeved view. This is why it's important to muslin. Don't be like me ;)

Anyway, look!! It has pockets!


If you look closely, you will see that I was so excited to put the dress on, I hadn't even threaded the elastic through the external casing (I used black elastic rather than making the elastic + ties since I was so lazy in such a hurry to put it on).

Of course such a pretty dress deserves a nice background, right? I convinced my husband to carry my huge lens to a garden so I could squint in the sun and make awkward faces to the amusement of the visitors.




I'm sorry it's hard to see the detail in the back because of the print. I'm sure you all recognize this beautiful Cotton + Steel and Rifle Paper Co. print. It's a rayon substrate from the Wonderland collection, and it's called "Paint Roses Black". I'm so glad I hoarded saved it!



In case you're wondering why you aren't seeing any full-length photos of me at the garden, it's because my camera-wielding husband did not approve of my footwear choice. But I didn't bring my fancy shoes with me that day, nor had I bothered to do my hair (oops). Got to keep it somewhat real, right? 


Be sure to check out Gabriela's post for gorgeous photos by the Orchid Midi Dress testers. They are all so beautiful! In the meantime, I'm excited to make a collaboration outfit next, since the Orchid Midi can be mixed and matched with the super cool Parasol Jumpsuit pattern from Ensemble Patterns. You can buy the bundle, which will only be available until the end of October 2018.

Thanks for visiting!

Comments

  1. Haha for the footwear note! And I'm just like you: muslins are way too time consuming ;-) And the dress turned out gorgeous anyways! Recently I'm sewing more for my mom than for myself (something with a way too full closet) and I think this dress would suit her well too!

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    1. Thank you, dear Eva! That's so wonderful you are sewing for your mom. I'm sure she will love this dress. I really like how there are so many options that it can suit many different styles/tastes! Have fun sewing!

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  2. Someone's gotta keep it real my friend ;) You know I too stay away from wrap dresses for the same reason - humble hills! I bought the bundle mostly for the pants (haha) but I do love the look of the dress and will definitely give it ago... if I manage to keep my sanity doing another SBA haha

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    1. Jenya, you know me and keeping things real (most of the time unintentionally, haha). I am excited to sew the trousers, too! I am just waiting on getting the right zipper. I think you should go for the dress as well. The SBA was not that complicated (no darts!) thanks to the illustration ;)

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  3. A beautiful dress!! And what lovely photos!! Love your sandals too.

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    1. Thanks, Suz! The sandals are super comfy and a must when you're walking around a garden with two crazy children, ha!

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  4. Maaaan, people have strange ideas about what they can't wear, haha. The wrap dress is known for being the number one clothing item that suits EVERY frame. Which I guess you just proved yourself, because you look freaking stunning in it (faux wrap or not). Gorgeous, gorgeous! And the photos, wauw. That lens seems worth the muscle training! ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Mie! I don't know why I let my mom convince me that wrap dresses don't work for me. Maybe I just never found one that fit me correctly. Well, there's going to be no stopping me now, ha! And yes, the lens...I guess I'm finally going to get some weight lifting in!

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  5. Wow, this pattern and those ruffle sleeves were made for you Emi! So beautiful and elegant! Yup that's precisely why wrap dresses have always scared me! You nailed the adjustments though 😍 Full length or not, the pictures in the garden are simply stunning!!!

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