My mom sent me two cuts of batik fabric from my birthday. The first one I used for a lovely retro styled halter dress from Butterick 6049.
At first I purchased a yellow cotton for the contrast material, but once home I decided I liked the look of muslin better. After reading a bunch of sewing reviews I was worried that the inset points on the bust were going to be difficult. I watched a ton of tutorials and the prep work paid off.
After the success of lining the flamingo dress I decided to do it again. This one uses a cream colored batiste. Again the fabric was really light so I thought this would help to give some volume to the skirt. I am completely in love with this stuff. Its so soft against the skin and helps to give opacity without adding a bunch of weight. I would love to make a bohemian camisole with it. Im thinking with some heirloom lacework and pin tucks.
Lining a dress also makes the insides look so clean. It really makes my hand made items seem so much more special. I know that its a lot of effort to put into something that wont be seen but it also gives me the chance to practice and fit before using the fashion fabric.
Even with the open back I was able to fit a convertible bra under this dress which I desperately needed to fill out the top. On alteration that I made was to sew the halter into place. I hate having to sew hook and eyes and I just don’t like how they look.
This pattern also has a side seam pocket which give it a more casual feel and a nice place to stick a small wallet or phone. With a full skirt you don’t have to worry about adding any bulk to the hips.
Yesterday I got a slight sunburn from working out in the yard (OK Tony was working I was laying down , today it is snowing. For this project I let him pick everything out. I laid my entire fabric stash and un-sewn patterns on the ground and had him pick. He choose one of my wax print fabrics and McCall’s 6954.
I had wanted to do the longer version of this dress but holy fabric hog! Based on the fabric that T choose the only view I could do was A which was the short dress cut on the bias with a high low hem.
Its pretty shapeless but I think it will work well to throw over a bathing suit. The fabric is really lightweight so it will dry fast.
The neck and arm holes have a self bias tape facing. Unfortunately I stretched it out a little but I don’t think its too noticeable.
A few weeks ago I gave a little tease of this dress to be. While at hobby lobby I saw this flamingo print fabric and after a few nights thinking about it I “had” to go back and have it. I selected simplicity 8051 for this fabric.
As a relatively new pattern for simplicity I waited a few weeks to see if anyone else would tackle it so that I could have the benefit of there insights but eventually I got tired of waiting and decided to just dive right in. I don’t much like making a toile so I always try to find out from other people how much ease is in the pattern so that I make the right size. Without anyone to go off of I tried to guess by the finished garment measurements. It seemed to only have 1″ ease so I opted for the size 14 rather then the 12 I normally sew. The result is wearable though I think I might have preferred the smaller size.
When I picked up the flamingo fabric I noticed it was rather thin so I decide to pick up some contrasting pink batiste to line the bodice. I cut out all my fabric and laid it out on the floor and I noticed the bits with the lining looked a pale pink from the outside. I liked the effect so I decided to go whole hog and line the complete dress.
The pattern only accounted for facings on the neck arms and part of the back triangle. I incorporated those facings sewing them to the lining to make what I think is a really clean looking inside. Bonus: no flappy facings. This was the first time I have used batiste and it feels so soft against the skin. I will be lining more garments like this as I think this constitutes a resounding sucess.
Just like my recent map dress this dress also has rouleau loops.
Though I found it impossible to button these once the dress was on. I asked Tony to help but he exclaimed that the loops were broken and would not work (I think he just lacked the dexterity for such a girly closer). Oh well. Its easy enough to just button them and then slide the dress over my head and zip up. I might sew them in place so that the wont ever come undone.
I love the back detail on this dress though I will never be able to wear a bra with it.
The other thing I thought was interesting was how the armhole was formed with the collar yolk making the upper arm.
This bodice was supposed to use a shorter skirt but since short skirts tend to look a little vulgar on my long legs so I opted for the longer skirt length from the other view (about 7″ longer). I am glad I did because I think the proportions would have been way off otherwise.
I love this dress but I probably won’t sew it again. It has such a unique back that it would be too obvious if I had it in other colors. I would say this is a medium difficulty pattern, I don’t think I could have tackled it when I first started. This dress will be perfect for a beach vacation with a suitably fruity girly cocktail in hand.
This weekend I just wanted an easy project to rinse away all the stress of the past few weeks. I had a yard of this fabric I bought months ago. It was the end of the bolt so I got a smoking deal…only $1.25 for the whole thing. It was too short to work for most of my patterns but then I got the idea of making a blouse. I selected Simplicity 1590
It took some magical skills but I was able to fit all the pattern pieces on that tiny 1 yard of fabric.
The fabric is a little coarse in texture and loosely woven but I still adore the print on it. It reminds me of a painters pallet. Once finished I tried it on with a bunch of different bottoms but nothing looked right until I stumbled upon this pencil skirt. Who knows maybe will find a job in an office some day and get to wear it.