Saturday, November 7, 2015
Vogue 8944 again! What to do about the fabric?
Obligatory twirling shot
Thank you for all your birthday wishes and kind words about my Batgirl birthday outfit!! I had a blast that day at the gym (I actually did keep the cape on for the whole class, as I liked how it looked swishing around and sort of gave the effect of a fan!)
I have been enjoying wearing my first version of Vogue 8944, so I thought I'd make it again last weekend. Since it was already traced, I was somehow able to cut and sew this dress in about 6 hours, which is somewhat of a record for me for a dress like this.
Interior shot of the binding
About 3 hours on Halloween (yes, I sewed while dressed as Batgirl!) and 3 hours on Sunday and I was ready to wear it on Monday.
Interior shot of the binding and the serging
Interior shot of blind hem
My current method is to baste on my sewing machine, then serge it all together after fitting (since every knit has a different amount of stretch--I always baste before serging). Then I bound the armholes and neckline, and blind hemmed it.
Amongst some red fall color, with my brown Jalie shrug
This fabric is a very interesting fabric--it's black with creamy colored bits, or at least the inside is black, but it does appear brown when worn, so I paired it with a brown shrug, tights and shoes.
I'm slowly sinking into the ground in this shot...
But when I'm wearing the dress, it's like you can see the outline of my bra. The fabric is actually pretty thick, so it's not like the fabric is see-through. I have played around with this (tried different bras, tried wearing it with a full slip with different bras) and come to the conclusion that wherever the dress has to stretch (even if I drape the skirt part over my bust and stretch it), it's like the creamy undertones of the fabric are much more pronounced. And I don't like that....so I'm thinking of ways to try to remedy that....like using those special sharpie markers for fabric....hrmmmm....I will try it on a scrap of fabric first of course before I totally ruin this. But I'm up for other suggestions too!
See what I mean?
In other news, I've been on Instagram for a little over 2 months now and I really love it! I've met more "new-to-me" sewists on IG in these 2 months than I have on 5+ years of Twitter. I'm participating in #bpsewvember and have been enjoying that too. I need to add the "follow me on IG" button on my blog sidebar, but you can follow me at vacuumingthelawn, where I posted that I got a new sewing machine, met up with velosewer in NYC recently, and I'm now in Austin for a work trip (but flew out a day early so there will be a sewing component!)
As the sun sets over Austin this evening....