I feel guilty about not posting since Wednesday, and I probably won’t post much this week. I have piles of other writing to do and friends to entertain. The friends and the writing edged out my sewing the past week, too.
When I saw View 2, I knew I had the right design for my bamboo-trellis fabric. Notable features: CF tucks, cut on sleeves, circular neck, very full skirt. I made the neck bow-tie thing but it looks superfluous on the dress.
I drafted the bodice without pleats, as I wanted to manipulate the pattern on the fabric. I simply cut a longish length of the fabric, pleated and under-sewed the pleats, then laid the pattern piece on top.
See the ridiculous darts? I chose to rotate the horizontal bust dart to make a French Dart, ignoring the my book’s injunction to rotate a French dart to the corner. My finished dart looks too low and a little sloppy. Lesson learned, and the flaw doesn’t ruin the design.
Inside view. Interesting, and this pleat arrangement resemble the pattern picture more closely. As I sewed, I discovered another novice-drafter-tell: My front and back bodice would not match at the side seam. I ended up cutting the front underarm curve nearly 1.5″ shorter- an easy fix.
Husband seems to like this dress more than most other creations. As I stepped up on the table so he could mark my hem, I asked him if the length looked frumpy- maybe we should shorten to just below the knee? He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and said “Not frumpy at all, you look wholesome.”
Speaking of hems, I did the filthiest job on the hem. Straight stitch, no pins, occasional easing on the fly. I wanted this dress done. Despite my slap-dash sewing, the skirt hangs properly.
The zipper starts at the edge of the sleeve hem and runs down my side. I thought it would make for simpler dressing in steamy conditions- my own personal version of hell involves wriggling into a dress when I’m covered in sweat. I’m fairly pleased with the shape of the sleeves.
In general, I give the dress 3.5 stars out of 6. It’s wearable, fun, cool, but still smells like a linen cupboard. That’s hardly surprising considering I made it out of an op-shop duvet cover. Two washings and a day in the sun didn’t diminish the scent, which is not unpleasant. Also, it has a few quirks I could do without. I had fun, I’ll wear it plenty, and I learned a few tricks along the way.
I feel a spark of resemblance, in a 1950’s post-modern kind of way. Fiddle-dee-dee.
Would it be weird to make a little summer shirt out of the leftover fabric?