Cinema Dress

I’ve finally got round to doing some dressmaking! I’ve made myself a summer dress…

Liesl & Co Cinema dress

In my stash I had this length of teal blue fine cotton lawn with a little feather design on it. It feels like Liberty Tana lawn, so I think I bought it at Steadfast and Barracks in Lancaster. They used to make fabric for Liberty so when Liberty decided to transfer all their manufacturing abroad (don’t get me started on that one!!!) they brought out their own range of cotton lawn, at a third of the price!

I originally planned to make a simple cotton dress, sort of princess lines, slightly flared midi skirt. I then realised just how much fabric I had bought, especially as it was 60″ wide! I had a change of plan and reached for a pattern I bought a few years ago called the Cinema Dress by Liesl & Co. I’d been put off making it before because it takes such a lot of fabric – even with wide fabric it takes 3.5m. I must have bought 4m as I had plenty.

Liesl & Co Cinema dress

The dress is very loose fitting, with about 3-4″ ease around the bodice. The pattern sizing is completely different to other patterns, my size came between an 8 and a 10, in view of the generous ease I made a size 8. It buttons down the back to the waist.

Seam allowances are 1/2″, so I tended to move my machine needle across so I could follow the standard 5/8ths line instead. I overlocked to finish the seams (my overlocker actually decided to work!!) The pattern did go together pretty easily but I think the order Liesl & Co make it in is bizarre, it didn’t flow and at times it made it harder than it should have been in my opinion. As an example, there are pockets in the centre front side seams. It would have been simple to attach the welts and the pocket pieces to the front and the side front before they were attached to anything else, so it was a nice flat manageable piece. The instructions had you joining the bodices to the skirt front and backs, then the bodices at the shoulders and the sides at the shoulders first. You were then attaching the pockets onto a piece that was about 10′ long!

Liesl & Co Cinema dress

Moan over! It’s a comfortable, everyday sort of cotton summer dress. It’s plenty big enough, though if I reach up for anything the whole dress rides up – I’ll have to be ladylike in this one! I love the pockets on the front and I also like the length of the sleeves with their little cuff turn-up.

Liesl & Co Cinema dress

The final comment in the pattern is ‘Don’t you feel like a glamorous old-style cinema star in your new dress’…well no, but it’s a nice summer dress!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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31 Responses to Cinema Dress

  1. Very Pretty blue dress -you did an excellent job – wish I still liked making clothes – I started when I was in the 6th grade making most of my clothes and by the time I was 30 I was done! After retirement I wanted to quilt! 20 years of retirement and about 17 years of quilting! YEA!

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  2. katechiconi says:

    Pretty, comfy-looking dress, and I love how you selected your background for maximum contrast ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This one is definitely a keeper. I like the neckline, sleeves and pockets. Well done.

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  4. Very glam, and I love 3/4 sleeves, its nice that you not only had the lovely fabric handy but that there was plenty of it to accommodate the pattern.

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely dress, Margaret, and great job with those “instructions.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Laura says:

    Looks comfortable, Margaret! I like the 3/4 sleeves and pockets! It is a pretty color, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. It is a lovely dress! Blue, my favourite. Nice work!

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  8. A beautiful new dress for a beautiful lady! The style is quite summery and the pockets do look comfortable. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

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  9. nanacathy2 says:

    I think it is gorgeous. What film will you go and see now?

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  10. tialys says:

    Lovely, comfy dress. I didn’t know that about Liberty – shocking!!

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  11. KerryCan says:

    That’s very nice! I love the color and the lines, and it does look easy to wear!

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  12. claire93 says:

    lovely style, lovely colour and looks great on you ^^

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  13. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous – far too nice to be hidden in a cinema – afternoon tea would be far better!

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  14. kathyreeves says:

    Loved that last bit…do you feel like a cinema star….no, but it is a comfortable summer dress. LOL! That does look comfy, especially if the weather is warm, lots of room for air movement! That blue is a great color for you too, Margaret!

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  15. What a lovely dress and I love the pockets! Nice sandals which compliment the dress nicely!

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