Monday, August 12, 2013
I made this dress a couple of weeks ago but haven't worn it because it has been too warm for it, it being summer. Even in the UK this dress won't be worn until the autumn. Because of this I forgot about it until I saw this one, which is just fabulous in so many ways.
When I made this dress I used stash ponte, which I fully intended to be a wearable try-out sort of version, feeling that I would probably need to make some sort of petite adjustment, but not being sure exactly where or how. It's drafted for a person of (I think I remember) 5ft 6 to 5ft 9 (I am 5ft 2). On trying on the dress I felt I probably should have made it a bit closer fitting under the bust and a bit narrower all over. Definitely a bit shorter than it is. Seeing Perfect Nose's version confirmed this. That's okay...I am fully intending to make another, this time with fluffy sweatshirt fabric. I did get a sample from a company in Germany that has a great selection, but it was a little thinner than I would like. Back to the drawing board on that one. Anyway, back to the ponte I used for this version: it's a bit drapey but very stable. I think I could do without a bit of that drapiness. I want fluffy! The pockets havemore fabric in them - width-wise - than the side panels of the actual dress, and I'm not sure I like the way this fabric makes the pockets hang.
Princess seams are so much easier when working with a knit fabric. Yay for knit fabrics (sort of. We have a love-hate relationship). But in this case, when it came to the sewing, it was love! I think that's because the fabric is very stable for a knit.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
When Colette released the latest pattern, Hawthorn, I wasn't impressed. For some reason (obviously not paying attention to detail) I had thought it had a gathered waist, which most often make me feel - and look - like a sack of potatoes. But when I saw the many versions put forward for the Hawthorn competition I changed my mind. Not a waist gather in sight...that helped. I think it's a really cool dress, in the right fabric. I personally wouldn't like to make it in anything too twee.
The picture on the wall is of my son having his cord cut at birth! We psyched the colours up to stop it being alarming/cringeworthy.
I am definitely going to make a dress version. My fabric is lined up - I just need the time to start pinning and cutting.