Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘dress’

I’m not 100% convinced about this, but I think once it’s hemmed it’ll be great in the winter with a cardigan. Mostly the waistline looks… weird. I have a super high waist, but the dress almost looks too long in the back and too short in the front. Meh. Maybe next time I’ll do a band at the waist instead of just bodice -> skirt!

Dress Front

Dress Front

The main colour is teal ponte, and the black is a higher quality random bit of ponte I had in my stash.

The bodice is a Moneta in L and a 2″ total FBA which may not have been enough in this more solid fabric. I drew in princess seams to do side panels, and also used the back for neck and arm bindings.

Dress Side

Dress Side

The skirt is Tiramisu, cut big and with no CF or CB seams. I used the slash pockets from Cambie.

Dress Back

Dress Back

Maybe if like it better if there weren’t the gathers for the skirt? Idk, I’ve been looking at pictures of Moneta all week while I tried to decide what to do, and I actually really liked them on people!

So that’s my new dress. Yay dress! I definitely want more in softer jerseys, and will probably make more in ponte with some size adjustments.

Sorry for the wonky photos. I did them with my phone propped on some stuff on a chair!

Read Full Post »

After sewing most of the dress last night, I realized that it probably isn’t a French terry. I think it’s just a thick 100% cotton knit, as it has practically no recovery. The dress is pretty good, but there are some things I need to fix on it,

  • Even though I cut the neckline binding quite a bit shorter than the actual neck opening, it’s just not doing its job. I need to undo the underbust seam where the binding attaches and slide some flat elastic in there to help hold everything together. This is due to the fabric. This won’t happen if I make the dress again in a real French terry, as the ones I have available have a little lycra in them.
  • The sleeves need a wide sleeve binding, as the narrow just doesn’t work in this fabric.
  • I will probably have to hem it. Sigh.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the dress is quite low-cut on me. Low-cut to the point where most of my bras show (I wear everything except plunges, so this is irritating). I had moved the CF seam 1 cm to get more of an overlap, to hopefully raise the neckline, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I’m getting those drag lines that move diagonally down and out from the binding. I also think I need more width above the bust, so I might slash-and-spread along the FBA line and ease the front shoulder into the back. This is pretty typical for me as my front ribs are much broader than my back, and then on top of that I have a very full bust.

Tiramisu, Magenta fabric, no skirt

Tiramisu, Magenta fabric, no skirt

I’d really really prefer the mole to be covered, or at least my cleavage not be quite so exposed, but I’m not sure what to do as I get more drag lines if I add more overlap. Maybe I should just add to the overlap seam on the dress, instead of overlapping more. Hmm.

Read Full Post »

So I’ve been working on sewing up a Tiramisu by Cake Patterns. I’ve made one for a friend, and it’s pretty much perfect except for the fabric being too stretchy. So she’s going to come over this week and I’ll cut out the underbust seam to take up the extra fabric, and I’ll also take it in under the arms a bit.

I did a muslin the other day, and then decided (upon viewing Steph’s underbust fitting tutorial) to just go for it in my French terry. I’ll put a couple pleats into the underbust, then pin the seam and try on the dress. If the seam needs any finessing in the heavy fabric, then I’ll take extra length out, etc. But if it doesn’t, then I’ll just sew things up.

The dress takes me about 3 hours to sew, from getting out the fabric and pattern, to hemming.. although I must admit that my hem is a quick run through the serger, as I’m not worried about the finish on a knit dress for casual wear. The full turned up hem only takes me about 15 minutes, though, so it’s not an entirely daunting task should I decide the dress needs it.

I have 2 metres of the French Terry, and with some futzing and the elimination of the CF seam, I am able to cut every part of the dress out of this 2 metres. I’ll be cutting the pockets out of a cotton quilting fabric to reduce bulk, as this fabric is ridiculously thick. I think I have something in a similar colourway, but I can always use my Blue Clouds fabric should I not be able to find anything.

Magenta Tiramisu, cut out

Magenta Tiramisu, cut out

Read Full Post »

Go, Tiramisu, go!

So excited. Steph posted a guide to choosing pattern pieces that could actually be my measurements, so I’m going to try it with my magenta coloured French terry, and make a shirt (hopefully) this week. I’m still trying to finish a course (yay for extensions?) so I don’t have a lot of sewing time yet, but I’d really like a couple new tops and a dress for Christmas.

Ooo. Maybe even something for my mom. I’ll have to get her to send me her measurements. Although really, my dad is the one I always have problems finding things for. Sadly, I don’t think a Tiramisu would suit his everyday life.

Read Full Post »

So I have undertaken a quest to draft and make a dress.

I saw a post on A Dress A Day featuring Simplicity 1577. It was love at first sight. The shaping, the pockets, the awesome seersucker. I haven’t been able to find a copy of the pattern near my size, though, so I’m going to make my own based off a dress bodice pattern I have already fit and made.

Things to change:

  • Higher neckline
  • Collar draft
  • 2 underbust darts instead of one
  • Sleeve draft – either cut-on, or set-in 3/4
  • Skirt draft (with pockets!)

I will probably do a midriff band that is 1 to 2″ tall. This will be to give some waist definition, and allow me to wear both skinny and wide belts with the dress. It will also make it less necessary to accurately match seams.

So. Where do I start?

The mess that is my sewing table.

Right. I should clean this disaster up. (The purple is going to be a blouse, because I’m also trying to fit a blouse pattern. The other pile of paper includes a pencil skirt draft that needs to be made up, since I’m currently living in my two pencil skirts.)

Wax paper pattern of my favourite dress bodice.

OK. So here’s the bodice pattern I’m starting with. Yes, it’s wax paper. It’s see-through and cheap, and I got the idea from The Snug Bug. It works very well, but I really should transfer my “master patterns” to cardstock.

… more later!

Read Full Post »