Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Wobbly Purple Thread

One of the things I found really interesting about working on this dress was the awareness of my preference for clean pieces. I wanted to do more than simply follow the pattern and add points of interest but without adding clutter. With such a busy fabric, that was hard to do.





For the hem, I used a band of the border print shown in the original posting when I started this piece. I cut a strip 3 1/4" wide, folded it in half, and attached it with a 5/8" seam after cutting one inch off the bottom. The pattern was drafted with a 5/8" hem and the finished band is 1" wide so this maintained the math. I used a double needle to topstitch the hem and...





... a binding of the same fabric to the neckband. I used a dark purple thread which was fine on the binding but a lighter color would have been better along the edge. It's wobbly and visible although with all those other colors you'd have to be up close or looking.





The very edge of the fabric curled promising but when I cut a wider strip hoping to sew down the middle and have a curl on each side, the one side refused to curl so I cut a much narrower, rolling-into-a-tube-sort-of, strip and...





... pinned it in place to see what I thought. I debated different ways to stitch it on and in the end couched it in place with a long, wide, zigzag using grey thread.





I like the way it works along the hemline but I"m not too sure about the neckline although it does do a good job of hiding the wobbly purple thread. Below is the neckline with just the purple band. Which do you prefer?





It was good to get into the studio and finally sew again. I started this dress on April 22nd and that is a LONG time for such a simple pattern. Hopefully this'll kick start a few weeks of productivity. I went through my closet yesterday trying on a few garments to see what would be wearable for the workshop. Along with this dress, I have The Marcy Dress which looks better on me now that I've lost a few inches. That's two out of five outfits I want to take. YES YES ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - sewing again

10 comments:

  1. I think the neckline looks good either way, so the decision might come down to do you have a necklace you want to wear with the dress? If so, then the flatter neckline might work best. The wobbly thread reminds me of that old saying about housekeeping: If someone's looking that closely at how I keep house, they're not welcome in my home. But if someone was rude enough to comment on the thread, you could always thank them for noticing because "It took me more than a dozen samples to get the thread just this way!"

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    1. I used to say something similar to my students when I first started teaching - a Christmas tree skirt class - if people climb under your tree, move your presents, and flip over the skirt, let 'em find something.

      With the neckline, I think the answer might be deciding on a necklace and then working backward.

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  2. The neckline looks good either way. I like the extra added piece as it frames the neckline but it may not work for you if you plan on wearing one of your necklaces with it. I think it comes down to personal preference.

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    1. Most likely I'd want a shorter necklace with this one so I'll see what I have in my jewelry chest and/or shop for something and then decide. I'm getting used to seeing it with the grey on Millicent but I agree, the jewelry would make the difference. Too bad I didn't take a picture on me before I added the grey to compare.

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  3. It all looks good to me! Very excited to see this dress coming together. The previous two commenters make such good points about a necklace--though it would have to be a bold piece to stand up to the dress. Love the hem band.

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    1. Bold and probably quite plain, like a solid bead of some kind. Something to look for because I don't think I have anything like that in my jewelry other than a black necklace made up of strings of seed beads and I'm thinking something more chunky. I really like the hem band too. Thanks.

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  4. I like the couched, curly, lighter piece, as it seems to tie in well with that bit of trim at the hem just above the border, letting the border stand out on its own. The finished product with the big floral print is so beautiful and colorful, you'll feel like a million bucks (or whatever the slang is for Canadian dollars) when you wear it, with or without a necklace.

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    1. Thanks. I do think it ties it together well too and perhaps draws the eye up rather than to the hem. We say a million bucks as well. I'd love to feel that way in it. Shoes and a necklace and it's good.

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  5. ooh love it all.the fabric and the dress,it looks so comfortable yet stylish!

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.