Refracted La Sylphide

I haven’t spent a lot of time online these holidays (I don’t even want to look at my unread count in Feedly!) but I have done quite a lot of sewing and acquired some new “toys”.

Yay 🙂

I’ll share these with you soon and round up my 2013 sewing year but first I have my last two projects to share.

Late last year I made a rule for myself that I wouldn’t put a new item into my wardrobe rotation until I had posted about it. This was supposed to encourage me to get out of my photography slump and take some great photos – and it actually worked! I’m enjoying taking photos of my items more and I feel like my creations are getting better and better. I am particularly proud of the last two makes of 2013 so I really need to get them posted and into my wardrobe 🙂

First up, another La Sylphide – sort of sewn-along with Lauren but mostly sewn along with Kat. Oh yes, it’s another “Twinsies” photo shoot, our favourite kind 🙂

We found a great new photo location too: Hello Wellington, you’re looking gorgeous!

These photos were taken up on a hill in the suburb of Maupuia. That morning it rained so much I thought we would have to cancel our plans. I’m glad we were patient, Wellington weather has been tricky these holidays and we were eventually rewarded with sunshine and 360 degree views of Wellington!

You can see the transmitter mast of Mount Victoria on the left, the location of our last twinsie shoot.

Water storage towers with amazing graffiti – perfect for amazing sewing photos 🙂

I don’t have a lot to add to my previous comments about this pattern – it’s just great and you should make one too!

I made this version to wear on Christmas day, the cotton is bluey-green and pink stripes, a twist on the traditional Christmas green and red.


Ok, maybe that is pushing it.

I can tell this dress will get a lot of wear, it’s prefect for work and I think it will be great in winter with a blazer, tights and boots.

Excuse the back wrinkles, I drove us to our location and it was hot sitting in the car.

I did things a little different for this version – my fabric stripe ran diagonally from selvedge to selvedge so I thought it would be fun to cut the back panels to create a chevron effect.

To do this I added seam allowances to the pieces that are normally cut on the fold. I also cut off the button placket so that I could cut them with the stripe running vertically, then I interfaced the life out of them to prevent any warping.

I made a quick little tutorial on my pattern alterations, it’s not very complicated but I know sometimes just visualising the changes can help, you can find it here.

The La Sylphide dress is from Papercut’s Covent Garden collection so dancing seemed appropriate.

But watch out for that cheeky Wellington wind – I had several knicker shots to delete out of the 400+ photos we took!

Wanna see Kat’s dress too? Her post will be up soon but here are a few of our twinsie photos – there were far too many fun shots to choose from:

Papercut Love

Kat’s dress looked great against the blue graffiti – graffiti fight!

Just kidding!

Looking towards the Hutt Valley

Can you see any more twinsie photo shoots on the horizon?


Pattern – Papercut Patterns La Sylphide (Covent Garden Collection), dress, straight size S, skirt lengthened approx 16cms. Other pattern alterations as per this tutorial.

Next time I would like to lengthen the bodice by 1 or 2 cms, and lengthen the neck ties.

Fabric – 100% cotton (but I suspect may contain some silk) from The Fabric Store (formerly Global Fabrics), Wellington, $8/m

Other notions – 12 plastic buttons from Pete’s Emporium, Porirua

Credits – Big thank you to Kat’s sister Jenna, for taking some great twinsie photos and giving us a break from the tripod/remote set up 🙂

26 thoughts on “Refracted La Sylphide

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  7. I was always intrigued by this fabric when i saw it in the shop, but could not imagine what i could make with it. It looks great, can’t wait to see it in real life.

  8. Oh I have that fabric and I’m sure it is cotton/silk too. I’m pleased to see this in a dress as i can only see pi’s in it!? The chevron idea is great.

  9. Yay for twinsies!! And your photos – they came out so well!! 🙂

    (Not so yay for broken laptops, making it not-so-easy to access my pics…. Oh well, belated second half of twinsies shoot!)

  10. Absolutely gorgeous dress! I never thought I’d see a La Sylphide that would make me want to try the pattern, but this one I think has done it. It looks spectacular and the chevrons are such a great touch. Well done!

  11. The fabric is really pretty and I love the chevron-effect you made! The colour looks great on you and you look great in your dress! Keep the twinsies shoots coming, I love them! And keep the different locations coming as well, I love seeing parts of the world my fellow sewists live in…

  12. Wow ! Love this dress, the fit is fantastic! I just bought this pattern, it is on my list of to makes and seeing yours is so inspiring. I love the shots with you and Kat.

  13. I love your dress! You really inspired me to stitch up this dress…well after I make a few things. Hehe. You’re amazing for creating the chevrons! I love it! Also, I love your idea of not putting the garment into your wardrobe rotation unless you’ve blogged about it. Genius! I think I might have to steal that idea from you, and if you say it helps your photography (and it seems a bit of exploration) I gotta give it a try! 🙂

  14. Oh, this is gorgeous. The stripes are perfect with this pattern! And that graffiti makes an awesome photoshoot backdrop.

    I really want to make lots of shirt dressed this year. So much awesome inspiration!

  15. Cute dress and great location for a photoshoot. I do the same as you and post projects before I wear them though right now that just means a pile of stuff in my sewing room waiting to be photographed!

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