Friday, December 12, 2014

Details Of The Dress Plus

I've been moving slow these past two days, catching up on sleep and adrenaline from the spectacular ending to my fabulous holiday while gently getting back into the flow of things. I have several tasks to complete by Monday and then things will slow down in terms of have-to's. Tomorrow, I want to clean house so that next week everything is fresh and clean and I can get back to a more normal schedule and maximize studio time.

There have been several requests for more details of the dress. The pattern is Vogue 1410 and the fabric is Sunny Day In Seattle from The Smuggler's Daughter. It's a novelty knit with slits in the blue-gray fabric that reveal black behind. Because it's a four-way stretch, I was able to turn the fabric the other way and have the slits running vertically instead of horizontally. MUCH more flattering I think.

I combined the novelty knit with a black ribbed knit from my stash and re-drafted the pattern to have a black strip down center front. I was aiming for more of an hour-glass insert that what developed but I still like the way it turned out. The neckline is bound with the same black knit.

The side, shoulder, and sleeve seams were stitched to the outside using a serger and then top stitched in place. The two seams running down center front were stitched to the outside and only top stitched at the shoulder and...

... at the bust line to keep the seam turned where it needed to be turned but still free in other sections especially at the bottom where the hemlines needed to point inward.

I wanted to piece the sleeve in order to better merge the black with the rest of the garment. Although it looks much larger, the top section is the same width as the bottom one and the section in the middle is about half the size. In retrospect, I may have preferred one larger section at the hem and two or three smaller ones above. That's something to know for next time.

At the back, I folded under the tucks and top stitched them in place instead of having them stick out free form as per the instructions. Sticking out is not typically flattering on me. I look much better in garments that are closer to the body.


At left is the finished dress on Millicent who is currently smaller than me... BUT I am shrinking down to match her... and at right is me wearing the dress at the get-together I just attended at my friend Ute's in Ashland. The angle of the photograph is nicely maximizing my bust and minimizing my hips but I realize it's not straight on and doesn't provide as much information as you might like. Hopefully the details above will help. The dress feels ever so slightly snug which I think is a fabric factor since the same pattern in a different fabric feels much looser. Not a problem. As I said, I'm working my way down... to it feeling loose.

The pattern on the left is the 1931 Parisienne Coat by Decades of Style. At Fabric of Vision in Ashland, they had a model of the pattern sewn up and - once again - a model will sell both fabric and patterns. I don't know why more stores don't sew more models. The sizing was too small for me to do much more than pull it over one arm but Sheri - who has the same figure type as me and is smaller - was able to try it on and it is GORGEOUS. The tuck details are amazing and I love the flippy hemline. The fabric was already sold out and that's okay. I have a few potential pieces in my stash.

The pattern on the right is Diane Ericson's new Ventana Jacket and Vest. It is FABULOUS. While we were at the get-together several women of different shapes and sizes tried it on and it was flattering on all of us. The jacket is softer and more shaped than many of Diane's design. If you haven't been able to wear her styles in the past, I would bet this one is different. Give it a try. Her blog posting from November 26, 2014 - Celebrating with Metallics: Holiday Sparkle gives some great examples of how to use the pattern. For some reason I don't understand I can't link directly to the posting but here's a link to her blog and you can find it by the date.

Now that I've seen the Ventana jacket in several different variations, I'm debating which direction to develop my own jacket in and am considering combining knitting with sewing which is why I picked up four skeins of Boboli by Berroco from Websters... on sale... 50% off... in their bargain center... because you know how I love a bargain. I also love...

... a challenge. After my coaching session with Diane, we walked down to Fabric of Vision to meet Sheri. I asked them both to pick half a yard of a fabric that they thought "looked" like me - the top two fabrics in the image above. The black with gold stripe was Sheri's pick and it's a tissue knit. The green with with architectural motifs is cotton and was Diane's choice. The fabric below is a heavier weight cotton and was my choice. It's reversible. I'm thinking about how to combine all of these into a garment.

It's rare for me to wear a metallic fabric or a brown tone and so it surprised me that Sheri picked two very similar fabrics for me. The one on the right is a silk dupioni remnant from her studio that she tucked into my suitcase. I absolutely LOVE silk dupioni so I'm intrigued to see where I use this.

The tape with colored circles is also from Fabric of Vision. The dyed ribbon is from the Eugene Textile Center. It was hanging on a hanger with many many strands of ribbon and labelled OOPS $2.00. I took that to mean two dollars for all of it and not two dollars for each strand and I thought the oops was in the dyeing and not in the cutting. Apparently the oops was that each ribbon was only 2 yards long instead of 3 yards long. Hmm... that was probably my cue to put it back only I didn't. I bought three strands - 6 yards - and we'll see what happens. It may or may not go with the other fabrics. Either way, it's another challenge.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - challenges, gifts of fabric

Have you taken personal responsibility for the opportunities give to you? The reason we need to adapt is because we don't get to choose the starting point. Unless you learn how to adapt to your environment, to your circumstances, to your challenges, you will continue to use them as an excuse, claiming they are the obstacles that stop you from living the life of your dreams. 
- Erwin Raphael McManus, Wide Awake


  1. It's hard to see the details but the completed version of the Vogue dress looks so different than the pattern envelope. In fact, it look GREAT. It's my kind of style. Another case of by-passing a pattern because I couldn't see past Vogue's interpretation. Thanks for showing the details.

    1. Do try the pattern Robin. It's quite wonderful and great with or without sleeves.

  2. What a great time you had. I was much more relaxed reading this post. The last one raised my blood pressure I think as I read it!

    1. LOL - sorry about that. I didn't mean to raise your BP. Laugh. It was actually quite funny and more so in retrospect. I had a FABULOUS time in Oregon. So glad I went.

  3. Your dress is simply wonderful!

  4. The dress is stunning! And you look just awesome!!!

    1. It's a feel flirty dress. Might need more of them. Thanks.

  5. What a great post! Thanks so much for the additional details on the dress (which I missed until this morning, because I was computer-free for a few days). I would buy that dress in a heartbeat if I ran across it in a boutique (which, sadly, I seldom run across any more). I love your idea of mixing knitting and sewing in Diane's Ventana pattern (which I finally received in the mail last week). Can't wait to see what you do with the silk dupioni (which is absolutely my favorite fabric).

    Sorry about all the (which...) additions. Just thinking out loud, I guess. ;)

    1. You're welcome for the details. What a compliment that you'd buy the dress. I know what you mean about not finding anything like that in the stores. The last time I went snoop shopping I came back so grateful I could sew. LOL - I don't midn the which-es at all. I think out loud too.


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