January 14, 2013
I Made Another Dress
It's hard to tell, but there is yellow in the print of the dress. The fabric was a home dec section and I really liked it. So - I brought it home. It said dry clean only - so I threw it in the washer and dryer - because I have slobbery dogs - and I need machine wash clothing.
The pattern was Simplicity 1966. It's just a very simple princess seamed bodice with raglan sleeves and a 4 gored skirt. The only adjustments I made were to the bodice - I learned how to make a full bust adjustment on a shoulder raglan. I might have needed to lower the bust point a bit - but that didn't happen. Also - sometimes I wonder if I have too much room between the bust point and the shoulder - but I haven't started removing room there, the fit was comfortable.
As drafted - the neckline was really, really high. Like I was positive I was going to choke high. So I just drew new facings to lower the scoop. Lucky for me - it worked.
I have another version of this dress completely sewn up with some rayon challis I bought at Hancocks and I believe I'm pulling the pins from the hem and tossing it. I had never used challis before and this fabric stretched all over the place. The waist seam on the challis dress is a good inch off at the zipper and no way to fix it. So - live and learn. Any ideas on handling challis? I have another piece that has a lovely border print that I really want to use soon, but I don't want another wadder.
This last photo isn't great, but just had to show you that Beau has turned into a camera hound.
Happy Monday and Happy Sewing everyone.