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Scalloped Dress: New Look 6180

15 Jul

This is a really quick little post. This dress is New Look 6180 in View C, which I made for a New Years wedding of an old family friend last summer. I ended up wearing something completely different as it was 32 degrees (90F) and the accomodation for the week was a 4-man tent (hippie wedding in the Coromandel = long story).

View from the wedding accomodation

So this one has only been worn once as I soon realised I’d hemmed it a little too short for comfort. This is also why I’m not wearing it in the photo. Why am I posting it you ask? Well, besides the fact I do really like how the scalloped neck edge came out, the answer will be in the next post.

Scalloped Neckline

When pegged skirts go bad… (or alternatively why I need a french curve)

13 Jul

So one of the ideas I played with when I was fitting Simplicity 2648 was pegging the skirt. Sure I thought – it looks so lovely and would work well with the fitted top.

Bad idea… bad, BAD idea (unless you like the Violet Beauregarde look). Maybe if I’d had more patience with it and used the proper process and tools, this could have worked – but I did not.

Luckily this fabric is seriously forgiving and even though I unpicked the pegged seams, it didn’t leave a mark. I’ll definitely be using it again so big thanks to Gertie and her post on sewing with double-knits which I kept up on my laptop screen the whole time to refer to.

Experiments in fitting: Simplicity 2648

12 Jul

I finally finished Simplicity 2648 last night – just in time to wear for a full day presentation at the office. This was really fun in parts and in others majorly frustrating. The pattern is one of the Amazing Fit series from simplicity which includes A-, B-, C- & D- Cup pieces and skirts cut for Slim, Average, and curvy. I cut a size 22 curvy on the skirt and a size 20 D-cup for the bodice. The pieces were fine to work with but my body is unusually shaped in many parts (aren’t we all) so there was a lot of adjusting too. I liked that the instructions give you a lot of guidance to fitting the garment but I still found I was making things up as I went.

The bust was the trickiest as I wear a 34GG bra. Beneath my bust is probably my smallest part but overall I wear a size 20-22 so figuring this pattern out was a challenge. Below is what I ended up doing on the princess seam as it was gaping badly at the arm hole.

The instructions you baste together most of the seams first then adjust as you fit. I used the left over rust coloured thread from the skirt and jacket I made last week so it was easy to see what needed to be removed once the actual seams were sewn. To fit this part, I unpicked the princess seam.

Then, with the side front piece laying flat, I overlaped the bodice front piece with the seam allowance tucked under then pinned in place.

I took out a lot from the side seam and from under the bust.

By the pattern; Pin fitting; Finished shape

In the end I probably took too much out but by this point I had gone back and forwards with pieces too many times and was quite over it. I took out the zip in the back as I was sewing with lovely thick navy double knit.

I paired it with my lovely new Veronika Maine birthday coat (thanks Mum & Dad) and was happily blue all day.

Shift Dress: New Look 6643

6 Jul

So I ended up buying 16 patterns off the Vogue/McCalls/Butterick website on Sunday. 16? 16! I justified it by the fact that a Vogue pattern will cost me aprox NZ$27 here but I got them for US$3.99. So that’s like 75% off. It certainly helped sort the Self-Stitched-September planning too. I’ll post the goodies & plan shortly.

In the meantime, here’s what I wore to the office today. This is View A of New Look 6643 and I call it my fall back dress. I made it last year before I had attempted any fitting or altering of patterns and whilst I look at it now and think of the adjustments I might make (I mean there’s not even any bust adjustment), it’s always so comfortable.

The thing is, I always forget I have this one. I’m not sure why that is, but I run through in my head what I’m going to wear for the day (usually whilst procrastinating on getting out of my warm, warm bed) and this one never occurs to me. Then I see it, throw it on and it never fails to make me feel good.

It’s the simplest pattern – two princess darts at the front and back, neck facing and bias bound arm-holes, a centre back zip and vent. It’s made out of that super soft and silky feeling satin (sorry I’m no good with knowing my fabrics) and a beautiful rich print. It doesn’t show in the photos, which were taken in artificial light at 6am (eek), but it also has flecks of turquoise in it.

I had a similar pattern 12 years ago in high-school that I sewed in everything from satin to Hawaiian print to white linen. It’s nice to see some things are always classic.

Does it look like the envelope?

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: $10.0

Fabric: $27.99 (1.4m @ 19.99/m – Centrepoint Fabrics)

Notions: $15.0 (Aprox)

TOTAL: NZ$52.99 / US$36.70

Mermaid Dress: Simplicity 2692

30 Jun

Don’t be fooled by the pictures…… or the line drawings.

This dress nearly drove me up the wall!

Reason number one was the fabric – my first time sewing with sheer fabric that frays if you even glance at it.

Reason number two was the fit.

I was looking for a simple one-shouldered dress for a black tie event I was attending for work. Simplicity 2692 looked like it would fit the bill and be pretty easy to alter for my full bust. I mean gathers – they’re designed to adjust right?

Wrong. I’m not even going to go into how many tries I made with this one. A lot of it was my own doing as I haven’t done a lot of FBAs but there were also funny things going on with the midrif panel and the back.

I ended up extending the bodice front by 3 inches, raising the arm holes by an inch so that my strapless bra wouldn’t show. I narrowed the back piece as it was gaping and changed the angle of the midriff pieces.

Pattern pieces before.

Pattern pieces after.

On the positive side – I didn’t change anything on the skirt.

The whole thing was lined with navy acetate and I used a scrap of poly satin for the midriff. In the end it came together okay – except for one little thing. I forgot to add the ease back in when I adjusted the midriff so I couldn’t exactly breath in this one. Believe me when I tell you it took three people to get that damn zip up!

If I decide to make any of the other views on this pattern, I may just take The Mahogany Stylist’s lead and make it from a knit.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: $7.5

Fabric: $38.85 (3m @ $12.95/m)

Lining: $12.0 (3m @ $4/m

Zip: $8.95

Thread: $4.5

TOTAL: NZ$71.80 /US$49.40

I want a white lace dress…

28 Jun

You know when you get a vision of something in your head, then you start seeing it everywhere…

Alexa Chung; The Telegraph; Linda Brownlee

Trelise Cooper; Summer 2010; Marzipan 'Pearls of Wisdom' Dress

Josephine over at The Silk Futures made a truly gorgeous version she called the ‘Doily’ dress.

View B of New Look 6949 could work, and I already have it in my stash…