Today it was 83F here so it seems a bit bizarre to make a dress with long sleeves! But here it is, Simplicity 2054 view A, a Cynthia Rowley dress with long sleeves and a monster cowl collar.
I think that picture above makes me look like I'm running for office. "BlossomKyle for President: For a new Sewing America". Or, maybe if I wore my cowl on my back, I'd look like a super hero??
Comments were mixed about the articulated sleeve (i.e. a peek-a-boo or slit in the elbow sleeve) of my muslin of view C. Read all about it in this post.
The muslin looks like this, and I wore it as a nightgown last night. Very soft and comfy:
I wound up not making the articulated sleeve. I love Antoinette's idea of making this in black with the articulated sleeve, and Mushywear's idea of making the sleeves tighter...so there may be another version of this in the future!
That collar is actually a separate piece.
So you can take the cowl collar off and it is just a t-shirt dress...I will try wearing it like I wear Hawaiian leis--not right up against the neck.
Here's what the back of the cowl looks like. It has basting stitches that are supposed to be removed after the cowl is put together but I didn't remove them.
Here's an idea of the monster size of this collar--in the cutting phase:
oh! The fabric is from The Common Thread in Austin, TX. I purchased it with Antoinette and Leslie in Austin back in March. It's a lightweight double knit, very soft. :)
Back view. As you can see I added a CB seam to add some shaping for the swayback.
Here's a closeup of the binding finish I used, which is different than what the directions recommend:
I just LOVE how this finish looks:
Here's an action shot
So yea, it's done! Maybe I'll call this my birthday dress?
So what should I make from this fabric??? Seems like the right time of year to use it, and I have a yard and a half of it. It's a double knit from Mood purchased with Antoinette in June.
Farmer's mkt flowers for this week. My favorite flower farmer has packed up for the season so I bought from a different stand this week.
I made chicken pot pie tonight; I haven't made this for about 6 months now and it is SO good. Aren't pearl onions the best? Unlike last time I didn't overfill the dish, yea! No smoke coming out of the oven was just a bonus.
Be well and good night!!