Sarah Liz has a little challenge going - Make a Garment a Month. Rather than just random selfish sewing. She has challenged us to identify a particular goal while making at least one garment a month.
I routinely sew selfishly in that with the exception of the annual flannel pants - I really don't sew for anyone else. But my sewing is rather random. I often find something I want to make, but then I lose interest before I work all the tweaks out.
One of the things I really, really want to make and fit to myself is a darted sheath dress.
I know I could use a princess seamed sheath and have in fact made several dresses from Simplicity 3744 which is a princess seamed A-line dress with tiny bust darts because the princess seams are off to the side. Here is a busy print version that I made with links in the post to the 2 other versions of this dress I have made.
What I want to end up with is some dresses that are similar to classic Lilly P in shape and fabric. I am fairly certain that for this to work, the design lines need to be very simple and few. I think a princess seam would break any print up too much. But please - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. So - that's why the doggedness to get this to fit. Of course the December issue of Threads has an article about the classic sheath dress and the author claims *any* body shape can wear it.
Anyway - where was I going with this. Oh yes, the garment a month challenge. I challenged myself as follows:
October - New Look 6095
November - By Hand London Anna Dress
December - no plans yet.
October got sidelined because I really wanted to make something I could wear out of the house and I was frustrated. But I will continue with this with the goal to have it finished by the end of the year.
I did however make myself 3 new dresses during October: The Lady Skater/Renfrew mash up and 2 versions of the Ottobre knit sheath dress. It's now time to end this and get to sewing as the weather seems to have finally stabilized and the power isn't blipping out.
So please talk to me - am I over thinking the LP look?