A Wintery Chantilly

I made another Chantilly Dress! It’s getting a little too cold outside for this dress, but that doesn’t matter. I can layer it up and when summer comes around again, I’ll have a new dress in the rotation.

I made this on the same day as the lace underwear. The big plan was to go into the office on a day off and whip up several new pairs of undies, but after finishing the first pair I really wanted to wear-test them before sewing a second or third pair. That way I could make changes and get the fit just right. Since I was already here, I thought I’d sew something else just for fun!

This dress was made for a couple of reasons – one, to use up the fabric from my stash and two, to go with a blue cardigan. (What blue cardigan you ask? You’ll see soon!)

My second time making this dress was even faster than the first, as I knew it still fit and I didn’t want to make any changes.

One thing I’d suggest if you make this dress? Hand-baste around the yoke when you get to that part. It says ‘baste’ in the instructions, but I remembered hand-basting last time and it worked well. You can re-adjust the fabric so it lines up as you sew, rather than machine-basting when the layers might slip.

I’m hoping this becomes a wardrobe favourite that’s easy to wear. The original version is so bright and fun, but I feel like it’s limiting. If I wear it two days in a row, you’ll definitely notice! It’s hard to ‘restyle’ into a different look, where this plainer version can work with a blue cardigan or a brown pullover for two completely different looks.

It was too chilly to model it when I finished the dress. I wanted to show how it looks on a body, but didn’t want to undress on such a cold rainy day! I’ll take photos when I wear it for the first time.

It’s interesting to look at the same pattern, done up in two different fabrics. Side by side, the brighter colours photograph better, and you can almost tell that one photo was taken on a sunny day, one on a cloudy grey day.

The neutral-coloured print shows off the yoke detail better. You can see the scoop of the neck, the bustline gathers and the curve of the midriff seam more clearly. Both are pretty in a completely different way! It’s easy to instantly like the bold and bright coloured version, but I’m thinking that the subtler colours of the new dress will be less obvious when I wear it repeatedly.

What do you think of Chantilly One and Chantilly Two?

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34 Responses to A Wintery Chantilly

  1. patsijean October 29, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    I for one like it. The pattern seems quite versatile and each version has its own uniqueness.

  2. woolcat October 29, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Both are beautiful – this new one is pretty and understated and it’s amazing how such a distinctive pattern can look so different in two different fabrics. They look really comfy too for such dressed-up dresses.

    Your hand basting actually looks attractive – I am imagining a plain yoke with a hand running stitch on the good side for a subtle decoration.

    • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      That’s a good idea! The yoke has a lovely curved shape, decorative stitching would really show it off.

  3. Marie October 29, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    I think both versions are beautiful, but very different! It’s lovely to have a bright one that stands out, but also great to have a more versatile version. It’s a win-win situation for you Tasia! ;o)

  4. Jane October 29, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I love the newer version! I tend to be drawn to more muted, subtler prints in garments, and the second dress feels like something I’d love to make for myself. I also love the handwork detailing on the yoke.

  5. scuffsan October 29, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I like them both. The bright one is the one that I would instantly love and want, but the second version is the one I’d most likely wear all the time.

  6. Bella October 29, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    They are both lovely, Tasia. Fabric for Chantilly #2 is AMAZING. Is there a sleeved version (for those of us who have sausage-like upper arms, no matter how many weights we lift!)?

    • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Hi Bella! No, it’s a sleeveless dress only. It would be hard to work a sleeve into this design because of the rounded yoke. I plan to wear fitted long sleeve cardigans with this dress to make it work in the winter – in summer, a lightweight 3/4 sleeve cardigan might work as well for more coverage!

      • Bella October 29, 2012 at 9:23 am #

        Great idea…I need more cardigans. Heading over to Lands End right now!! ;-)

        • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am #

          Nice! I’ve started to believe that I would prefer sleeveless dresses worn with cardigans, over sleeved dresses. More mobility in the arms, easier to mix up different looks, and generally warmer!

          • chase October 29, 2012 at 10:10 am #

            wonderful dress in both versions, and thank you for the tip about sleeveless dresses and cardies…as a SAHM, I am missing excuses to wear my “frosting” dresses, but popping a cardigan over it makes it seem both ladylike and easy to wear somehow!

  7. Vicki Kate October 29, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    They’re both beautiful, but I think v2 will be very versatile! I love the fabric with the subtle blue element to it.

  8. Chris October 29, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Both versions are beautiful , but for practicality, the second would work better for me.

  9. Jenny October 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    They are both lovely!

  10. Corinne October 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Since you covered a few issues in this post I would like to address them separately. First, the beautiful lacy undies. Such a nice project with a quick result. I agree that a wear test is essential. A few years ago I did make up about 6 pair, in a oop Vogue pattern. I was thrilled and discovered after wearing that an adjustment to the front crotch lining panel was required, not just needed, required. I un-sewed each, lengthened and tapered the front panel. Perfect. It would have been much more reasonable to try one pair first. Live and learn.

    Hand Basting is one of the most under-rated functions for new sewists. Machines today offer wonderful stitches and control, however, nothing can compare to the hand shaping and forming of two or more pieces of fabric than the hand-basting. I returned to that a long time ago because the outcomes were far superior. I was rather surprised when speaking to someone the other day that she was truly not sure how to do this. I referred her to a few of my favorite references. Hopefully, with a little practice, a great new skill to her sewing knowledge.

    And last but not least, Ms. Chantilly. I enjoyed your comment that you “wanted to sew something else for fun!” Yes, don’t loose your penchant for the fun part of sewing just because you do this for a living. When the “fun” goes away, so does the edge, the design flair, the joy of pairing stunning fabrics and pattern. Each of your dresses are beautiful in their own way. The first dress was perfect for a warm weather pop of color and whimsy. But as we all know, any garment this distinctive has limited use. The second is lovely because the understated print reveals the design lines of the pattern, those elements that make it a beautiful dress to begin with. With a lovely cardi it will be a lovely transition season piece. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Oh wow, that must have been a little frustrating having to un-sew and re-sew underwear, with small seams and stretchy fabric! Good for you for fixing them. I’d never alter a pair of store-bought undies but it makes sense to ‘get it right’ on our sewn ones!

      I totally agree re: hand basting, and hand stitching. You can carefully re-position the fabric as you go, create shape and get a real close look at your project. You’re forced to slow down and really look at what you’re doing! I catchstitched the facings of a dress I made two years ago (to the underlining) and every time I hang it up, the facings retain the shape of the armhole curve perfectly.

      I hope I never lose my love of sewing! It’s easy to forget the enjoyment and think of all my work as tasks. Or focus on the technical details – instruction writing, labelling the pattern pieces, etc, instead of stepping back and remembering why I’m doing this. Even if I’m coming in on weekends and staying late, I am absolutely going to work pleasure-sewing into my life!

  11. PerlenDiva October 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I just ADORE the new version – so pretty!! And I’m very curious about your new cardigan: is it knitted or sewn?

    • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Knitted – soon to be finished! Thank you!

  12. Loretta Houben October 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    It’s just perfect, Tasia! Which pattern is this? Is it your own pattern?

  13. Sabs October 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I agree with Jane above: although I love bright colours, I prefer wearing more muted colours that can be dressed up or down depending on mood, weather, occasion etc. I absolutely LOVE the new dress, it’s so pretty!

  14. astitchtoofew October 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I love this second Chantilly, the print is gorgeous and, like you say, will go with lots of things. I’m picturing it with a blue Audrey (the beginning photos of which I recall popping up on Ravelry a little while ago :)) and think they’ll look great together!

    • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      Oh, good eye! Good memory too! :)

  15. Anna | Mormor hade stil October 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Love this version of chantilly!

  16. Parnuuna October 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Waaauw, what a sweet dress!!!! I love it! :)

  17. Meryl October 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Truly beautiful, you’re such a wonderful sewer and you have a wonderful eye for fabric choice.

  18. Dana October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Gorgeous! That fabric is amazing. Where did you get itÉ

    • SewSavory October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Yes, gorgeous is the right word! And I, too, would like to know where you found this lovely fabric. Thanks!

      • Tasia October 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

        I found it at Dressew in downtown Vancouver, last year. So it’s a bit old, and might be hard to find anywhere! I’m glad you like it. It’s been one of those ‘is it pretty, or just weird?’ fabrics for me, until it was sewn into a finished garment.

  19. RedPointTailor October 30, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Great jog! Wodnerful dresses!

  20. Christine October 30, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    gorgeous Tasia! the Chantilly is one of my favorite Colette patterns, though I’ve never made one. it’s on my must-sew list for the spring!!!

  21. Donna G October 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I love the Chantilly 2 because it shows of the design feature of the dress. I’m going to have to get me one of those. Love it

  22. Sarai November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I am late to this party, but wanted to tell you how awesome the new one looks! I really loved your first one, but this new one is so so lovely in a completely different way.

  23. Meg the Grand November 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I love both versions, and I’m excited to see this blue cardigan you’ve mentioned!