Sunday, September 12, 2010

What I did when I should have been writing an essay ...

First up is M5974 View D - the wrap version with long sleeves. Nothing amazing about this dress, it's just a good easy wear work dress.

The pattern is a Palmer and Pletsch, so contains a lot of fitting instructions and includes 2.5cm seams in places, which drove me made at first. I sewed as directed for this one and ended up cutting off all of the excess. I cut a straight 10 and shortened the skirt a full 5cm. I love the pattern and I love the dress. I ended up trimming the extra seam allowance from the pattern for the next one.

Next up I made View A of the same dress made from fabric that I've had for at least three years now. Cidell made a fabulous maxi dress from the same fabric ages ago and I loved it so much I ordered some. It's been a hard fabric to work with. One side of the fabric is an uninterrupted print, the other side is panels with a border in between. For that reason alone, I have been hard pressed to make it work. I've laid it up on my cutting table so many times and have never been able to make a pattern work. This one was the best so far. The back is one piece, but the front is two, so I planned to cut the back from the side of the fabric with the uninterrupted print and the front from the panelled side. Sadly, the skirt was too wide. After much head scratching, I came up with a frankenpattern solution.

I morphed the top half of M5974 back onto the skirt of M5975 (the one I made last post). It fit perfectly. The front is untouched, but I folded the pleats out of the skirt to make it fit into the panels. It took way more time to cut this out than it did to sew it. I've photographed it here with my pink boots and I also have a pair of hot pink slingbacks, but I forgot to upload that picture. And it's not crooked like it looks here. Oh, and I just realised the unfortunate pattern placement on the top!


Last up, I made a t shirt from the leftovers of the fabric from last weeks dress.



It's KS3338. I cut the sleeves from the border. The other sleeve has the cross band at the wrist. Nothing too exciting, but I do love getting a free garment from leftovers!

8 comments:

kbenco said...

It is great to see the dress on you. Vera is OK, but she just doesn't have your figure or sense of style - that stiff pose of hers does not do your sewing justice.
I love the dresses, and the free top is a real bonus. That = free fabric $ for luxury spending in my fabric accounting system.

Faye Lewis said...

Both are wonderful. Where in the world did you get those hot pink boots from? They are gorgeous!

Gail said...

Carol - fantastic dresses. I am in love with middle dress and can see why you were inspired to order the fabric. I want some too!

Sharon said...

Two great dresses and a trendy top as well, much better than writing an essay.

lsaspacey said...

The placement on the bottom of that dress is kinda of interesting too!

Victoria said...

I love, love, love everything you made. The wrap dress is pretty and the dress and top are oh so MOD! And those pink boots are too cute for words!!!!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

You've been so busy! Those are all great looking pieces; love the way you've used the prints and borders.

Sheila said...

Both dresses are amazing and love the prints. Those pink boots are smokingly fierce.