October 25, 2012
Why the birthday dress? Well because Monday was my birthday and it was the first day I wore it. This time, I faced the collar with the solid contrasting fabric so it stood out. I also added tiny, tiny (barely visible) yellow piping to the bottom of the sleeves and the yellow bow belt.
I took out the extra length from the front bodice at the side seams only and it worked great!
I added as much length to the skirt as my fabric would allow - which was only 2.5" and still wasn't quite enough. With wider fabric I think I can get a skirt that long enough I don't have to do something funny to get it hemmed.
For this version I cut 2.5" wide slightly bias (cut on the 60 - because that's what I had room on my scraps for), seamed them together and then sewed it to the dress with the tiniest seam allowance I could. I finished those inside edges, folded a tiny little bit at the top down and then hemmed the dress with a blind hem.
It's a bit short - but it's fine. With tights nobody can really tell anyway.
I had company for dinner on Monday and they had just arrived as I was corralling JB to take photos. The good doctor was playing 'model photograher' and whooping and hollering. Yelling - "yea baby! Work it! That's what I want to see." I was laughing so hard - there wasn't a decent photo in the shot! But it was very fun!
Next up - what we did for JB's birthday. Don't forget to enter the drawing to win the extra copy of Pamela's Perfect Pencil Skirt pattern.