Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time for a Maxi dress

I will admit that I'm not really a fan of maxi dresses. I've made a few but every time I regretted the effort. I'm affectionately referred to as the "furnace"; always hot, always complaining about being hot.  So why I made a long dress that prevents air flow from my legs is beyond me. Perhaps I'm a bit of a masochist.

Once again, thanks to Melizza for taking the pictures...

I used Simplicity 1064, a wrap tunic with elastic waist and wrapped mullet hem. I loathe mullet hems. There was no way in hell I would bother with that, so I lengthened view C but used short sleeves. I don't remember how much length I added. I'm 5'8" for reference.

As far as fitting adjustments -- mine were minimal. There was my usual 3/8" forward shoulder adjustment and I took a small wedge out of the neckline to prevent gaping. I also followed Gertie's twill tape method, using stay tape in place of the twill tape.

The fabric is a lightweight polyester crepe from Joann. It was shifty when cutting but sewed up beautifully.

Crepe Geo Circle Silky Print

Overall, I'm happy with the dress but it's been too hot here in Seattle to wear it without sweating. I could blame the polyester but I've made maxi dresses with cotton lawn and still had hot flashes.

Summer just needs to end already.

Monday, July 13, 2015

I've got outwear on the brain

I want to make a moto jacket. No, not just that. I want it to be FALL already. I'm done with summer. Done. Sewing summer clothes no longer interests me. It's time for jackets and an obscene amount of ponte knit dresses. I want to be draped in scarves while strutting around in my boots.

I am so ready for autumn.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Winning Combination: Vogue 8028 and New Look 6143

I finished this dress about 6 weeks ago. Melizza (Pincushion Treats) graciously took photos of me in my finished dress well over a month ago. Why has it taken me this long to post a review? I'm not sure. I really like this dress but I've only worn it once.

The fabric is cotton poplin from Mood. It is lightweight, more like shirting than poplin.

Stonewash Blue Bird Printed Poplin

Saturday, March 28, 2015

More dress musings.

I am going to make this dress:

Carolina Herrera Resort 2015 Look 1

Toy (of Sew and Style blog) posted about this last year, of course I didn't stumble upon it until 2 days ago. I will admit that I don't keep up with designer collections. I usually stumble across things as I lurk blogs.

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