I just couldn’t help myself. Last Sunday I had some cutting out time & following in the steps of my great aunts I had an occasion to sew for this weekend. Yes, I am told by my Mum that she would see her aunts whipping up dresses during the week, laying out all the fabric on the living room floor & piecing everything together during the week for the dance on the Friday & this was also my sewing story this week.
I had a party to go to this weekend & despite numerous possibilities in my wardrobe fancied the thrill of making something specially. Complete spontaneous sewing. No plan. Just pure energy. I pulled out 1.5m of spotty something or another with an amazing hand – great drape & wonderful qualities (also viewed here in Karen’s Sorbetto including the actual roll that we both scavenged it from!!),
Image from Karen’s blog at Didyoumakethat
We both bought this when in Edinburgh at the Crafters’ Ceilidh. However I only bought 1.5m, therefore limiting its application. New Look 6000 sprung to mind
because I knew it worked OK on me before & I had already altered the pattern for what I suspect my form of narrow back. If I could have I would have sewn the collared sleeveless version, as this would have been dress ambrosia, but alas, not enough fabric.
The fabric was so fine that I needed to underline it to make it more robust – wow – that took a good couple of hours just basting each piece together & securing the darts.
During its construction I still had extra adjustments to make for the darts & also at the shoulders, but all in all a quick-ish make slowed down by attention to detail. Not only the underlining & invisible zip, but I also used fab orange bias binding instead of facings thanks to both Marie from a sewing odyssey & Catherine, the Makings of Urban Rustic at our latest swap in Birmingham. I hand sewed the bias at neck, sleeve & hemlines & felt I was chaneling my great aunts.
I also drafted a collar & used some black poly cotton just for contrast. It’s got a bit of a 60s vibe going on.
It’s been worn & there’s plenty of ease in it so it’s nice to wear out.
Sadly I have tweaked my back & didn’t feel up to the party (couldn’t expect myself to watch sedately from the sidelines boo hoo). Never mind though, it’ll be worn to the substitute bash instead. It’s perhaps one of those dresses that can also be dressed down with tights & flats & not feel like I’m going to a wedding ….
Have a good weekend everyone – I have now ordered the new Sewaholic Thurlow trouser pattern from MisforMake ….exciting!!