I really wanted something new to wear to dinner tonight but I am so horrible at sewing under pressure and I really wanted to cut out my silk tunic today! Then I remembered that this dress was finished but for the hems. I knew I wanted to wear black high-heeled boots tonight so I tried everything on and it looks great together – what luck!
It took me a lot longer than expected to finish it up as the fabric did not take very well to the blindstitch machine. No amount of adjusting the bite helped – yuck!
So, I hemmed the skirt by hand which was quite relaxing as I was watching Elizabeth: The Golden Age. But the sleeves are snug over the forearm and needed to stretch. Really, the blindstitch machine would have been perfect but the final result was unsatisfactory. Handstitches would pop and I didn’t want to use a twin needle since there was no other topstitching on the dress. What to do? Well, I am a great big cheater! I finished the sleeve hems (just to fool anyone who might look at them!) and then fused them with Steam-A-Seam Lite for an invisible, stretchy hem. Don’t tell anyone!
Yay! I finally found my battery charger so I can post again! So, let’s start with last things first, shall we?
I was kind of on the fence about this pattern but decided to try it because any detail at the hip is good for my figure (read, no hips).
I chose a funky jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (long sold out, I’m afraid). I only bought two yards for a top but managed to have enough for this dress. I thought this print would keep the dress from looking too prissy. As you can see, the dress is more fitted through the torso than it appears on the model – that was the only thing that concerned me but I figured I could always take it in a little.
It went together very quickly and easily. I sewed a straight size 8 and shortened the sleeves and the skirt by an inch. Easy! One thing about this pattern that I really disliked was the way the tie was constructed. The pattern has you sew a loop onto the hip band through which the tie is threaded. I hated the idea of that so I incorporated the ties into the hip band which worked out really great and looks so much better. I just split the band at the loop marking and added enough length for the ties leaving 1/2″ space on each side for the knot. In order to do this I had to decide whether to widen the ties or narrow the hip band – they are different widths. I figured I couldn’t go wrong narrowing the hip band and that worked out well. You can see that my ties are quite a bit longer than on the original – I think they look better that way, personally.
Really, this is a great little dress that is perfect for work (not too low-cut) and goes together quickly. I’ll probably make it at least one more time because I just never seem to have enough work dresses. Maybe I should do my laundry more often…
I have other stuff to show so stay tuned!
I am loving this new Butterick pattern! At first glance it looks very similar to my beloved Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan Dress (that I never get tired of wearing and making!) but it’s a little different. You see, there is no inset at the waist, just a normal waistline seam. The obi-style belt is attached at the top front only. The only bad thing is that I won’t be able to use my coverstitch for all of the binding as the wrong side won’t be as pretty if it shows on the belt.
Now I’m just trying to narrow down the fabric choices…
I just finished Butterick 4986 in a beautiful plum rayon crepe from Textile Studios. This was really easy to put together. I made a straight 8 and only had to shorten it (probably because of the bias cut) and make my usual forward shoulder alteration. The pattern has the lower front on the straight of grain so the area below the twist hung strangely and pulled a bit in my test garment. Slightly changing the grain made it look much better.
I am still on the fence about whether or not this is a flattering style for me. Because the twist is low it tends to minimize the chest and give you a nice little lump right over the tummy. I wore it the other day and my husband thought it was meh but I’ll probably let it hang around awhile just to be sure. Hey, at least I’m sewing!
I also altered my Kwik-Sew twist top and sewed it up in a black rayon/lycra print.
Now I’m working on the new Simplicity 3800 Threads twist top in the short-sleeved version. It should be done today. On the cutting block we have another Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan Dress, a Burda WOF top and an eyelet wrap dress. Yeah, I know, a lot of quick and easy sewing but summer is coming and I need clothes fast. Of course, I will drop everything once the new Hot Patterns arrive!
I had really big sewing plans for this past Sunday. So what do I do? I drive over to Ft. Myers to watch the Marlins and Red Sox play. It was a really fun day and I managed to not get sunburned.
Hmmm, I must figure out how to get larger photos and how to center them…