Thanks for your birthday wishes! It was fun! And the snow has moved on and it was bright, clear skies today!
So....lately I've been sewing on Sunday mornings and really enjoying it. I finished up the dress I started last night. Well, I'm thinking about ripping out the hem and doing a minimal hem to try to gain as much length as possible; I shouldn't have cut length off this dress!
Here's the pattern.
It's a New Look Project Runway "Workroom" pattern. I saw it at the ASE where I met Deborah again, one of the Simplicity reps. She said to be really careful about marking that front piece...so I was and it seemed to have paid off. I think it looks pretty elegant for not a lot of work. The right side front gets a "buttonhole" that the left side front is pushed through. It's basically a slit with some stitching around it. I guess it's not necessary to make a real buttonhole. Oh, and I didn't understand step 11 at all, so I skipped it and moved merrily on.
(I, um, actually used a sharpie marker to mark the dots, etc on the wrong side, testing first to make sure they wouldn't bleed through. I'm sure this is illegal sewing behavior but I figure all the sewists who do things the "right" way don't read my blog...)
That neckline is mighty deep. We're talking Burda deep. I'd like to make this wearable to work sometime (er, when it's not freezing out, maybe with tights and a cardigan and a tank like Carrie suggested). I *might* wear it to PR Day Austin.
The instructions state to cut out and use a binding on the neckline and armholes; I folded the edge over and twin needle stitched with the 2.5 needle. I think it looks nice. :)
I used the 4.0 stretch twin needle on the hem. (The pattern did have a "workroom tip" for the neckline and hem, that it could be serged and the SA cut off....too bad it didn't mention twin needle stitching as you know I love that technique. Why not expose sewists to it?)
Here it is with my super cute mary janes.
It's a bit of a story but is essentially the front of the dress is a 12 and the back is a 14.
I had swayback issues of course:
But I put in two darts (using my Muse dress as a guide--though that one had 4 back darts and I only put 2 in this dress). It seems to have come out ok, from the side view at least
Here's the back view "before":
Here's the back view "after". Maybe it's a little overfitted from the back view?
Well, I think it's fun and cute, and could see making it again, maybe raising the neckline (which I'd have to think about how to do, and would probably involve moving the "buttonhole"), in some super fun sparkly knit or something. :)
The Princeton farmer's mkt didn't have any flowers this week (though it had plenty of rain!). Mom gave me yellow roses for my birthday and they are gorgeous!
And I don't know; I just thought this was neat this morning, to see the shadow of my lamp on my bedroom wall
Be well and good night!
The back view looks so much better in the after picture. That's such a cute pattern and you look great in it.ReplyDelete
Love your dress. Its real cute and looks exactly like the pattern envelope.ReplyDelete
Happy birthday! The dress looks great. Seems like you've solved your swayback issues, congrats!ReplyDelete
Hey looks good, I wonder what my version will be like (if I ever get around to making it!!)ReplyDelete
Woo Hoo! Way to finish this dress up. It looks great and the back looks perfect with your two dart fix.ReplyDelete
That's a very pretty dress. It wants anight out! And, I love your shadow photo!ReplyDelete
This dress looks really nice, especially with the back darts sewn in. Happy birthday! Your yellow roses are just gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I always like the dresses you make. I'm going to add this pattern to my wanted list. Happy Birthday!ReplyDelete
The dress is a winner!ReplyDelete
Your dress looks great and I think the back fits quite well. I have to get this pattern now!ReplyDelete
I relate to your low front of the dress concern. Currently, I'm sewing up Vogue 8323 which has a criss-cross v-neck. Its "V" quite high compared to most due to a wider cut of the front pieces and a lot of overlap. Anyway, I thought of you when I was looking at how nicely it covers and shapes without being revealing. You may want to look at it for ideas before your new version of this cute dress.ReplyDelete
Wow! That is seriously impressive. Gorgeous dress, you look lovely!ReplyDelete
What a great job. I don't think the neckline is too low. It's a really interesting front and well executed.ReplyDelete
I didn't realize they made different sized twin needles. I've only used the one I have a couple of times but I love the look of them on knits. I will have to check Joann's for them so I can add to my stash. Did you use a regular sewing machine on those edges? Did you use regular thread or the wooly nylon? I'm so new to knitwear fabric any advice or links you can share would be awesome!ReplyDelete
Wow, the difference with the darts is just unbelievable! I'm making a note. This pattern is on my wishlist and you just convinced me this was a good idea (you know how delusional seamstresses can be about patterns, LOL!)ReplyDelete
Oh, I read your note but I am working like an animal lately and I'm sorry to say I forgot to reply. I apologize!