Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sparkly New Look 6071
I sewed a dress for the group dinner at the upcoming Pattern Review weekend. I've never sewn specifically for the PR dinner before, because I really have no other occasions to wear a sparkly dress and my sewing time is limited. If I'm going to sew, I generally want it to be something I have a chance at wearing a lot.
Pattern + sparkle fabric
Somehow I felt differently this year and decided to make one of my favorite dresses, New Look 6071, out of this sparkly brown and entirely non-natural fabric I bought at the ASE, I think all the way back in 2012, with the intention of making this very dress. Who knew it would take 3.5 years to live the dream?
I added darts in the back for a better fit.
CB seam before and after
I've written about my first and second versions of the dress. This time I cut it entirely in a 12. I had to cut the back twice, because I couldn't stand how puckered the back seam was and I wasn't about to unpick the serging when I had enough fabric to cut the back again.. I had to lower the DF on my serger down to 0.6 and then use my Elna Press. Together they created a nice, flat seam. I also used the EP on the side seams and on my hem. I added a little modesty panel that is sewn in.
With a shrug
It's impossible to see the sparkle at a distance.
These are some dressform pix taken on a sunnier day.
I bound the armhole and neckline, and twin needled the hem.
While sewing the binding
I finally bought a tripod for my phone. My new phone is still a generic Android, but it has a lot of neat features like it will automatically take a picture if it detects that I'm smiling! This smile feature means I took over 60 pictures in my photo shoot today in a matter of minutes. And I love that I can actually see myself as I take the picture. No more guessing about where I am in the frame, though I could do a better job of centering myself in the frame. Baby steps.
I took these photos in a very gentle rain. Everything's getting that leafy green Jurassic Park look outside.
I can stare deep into my camera phone.