We took some photos of Leaflace today. I made the pattern myself, strove to cut artfully, and learned a few things.
I do apologize for posting the images without the numbers.
This one is McCall’s 3220. I like to leaf through google images for inspiration, but the drafts are my own. This one has the superficial elements I used, but not the same cut. This is a gored skirt with a dropped waist and pointed basque. I prefer dropped waists on me only over a girdle, but I try not to make too many clothes I can only wear with certain underwear.
I don’t know the number for this dress. I think it’s a 50’s Simplicity, maybe someone else would know? It’s also on this flickr stream. Colorkitten! Where are you?
I made the facings out of black linen scraps from a previous project. I sewed the facings on “inside out” after carefully turning under and pressing the outer edge, like the shorts in my last post. I like back interest, so made a notch at the center back neck.
I wanted to emulate the basic shape of a 4-leaf clover skirt like Charles James. Vastly simplified for day wear. I had a skirt in the past with a squared-off waistline and circle skirt that hung in a similar way, so I thought I’d play with the idea.
I always take pinking shears to enclosed seams, taking off at least half of the seam allowance. It blends well and reduces bulk.
I used black bias tape around the hem after trimming the skirt to the right length. My binding foot makes it a quick and clean process.
The cut of the skirt isn’t quite right, but I can see where to improve and this one doesn’t bother me much. I could unpick, trim and remake the waist seam, but until I do it’s wearable.
I like it, too.
The construction was reasonably straight forward to someone who sews vintage-type dresses. I wonder if any accomplished sewists out there would like to try a little drafting experiment with me? Drop me an email if you’re curious and would want to make a dress for yourself (with a fine-tuned skirt) like this.