This is an old dress pattern, but one I’ve used several times for projects over the years. It’s a great simple empire-waisted take on a shift dress, and I am amazed how many times I turn to it when someone (or I) want a new sleeveless dress. I like the fact that it doesn’t have long bodice darts (oops! I mean princess darts? The darts that extend from under the bust, through the waist to the upper hip area), because those are a fitting nightmare to me, especially for myself.And since my last version of this dress has been worn to a rag, I thought I’d like a new one. I made it up out of a stretch cotton remnant from EmmaOneSock.com but there was barely a yard, and I ran out of length. So I faced the hem with scraps. It’s a little bit short for my taste, but I’m sure it will wear well!I lined it with bemberg from my stash. It’s a super comfy dress! The stretch-cotton is a bit heavier than the pattern calls for, so I may have it for a while! Here’s the back view. I made quite a significant short-waist adjustment combined with a high-hip adjustment. You can see it could have been a little bit shorter, too, by the slight lines at my waist. I know it’s usually taken care of my a sway-back adjustment by folding out the excess, but I find this messes with the grainlines a little to much – perhaps because I need to do such a significant adjustment – a total of 2 inches in length.I made two other adjustments: I raised the neckline by one inch and I did my usual FBA. Here’s my goof-off pose for Me Made May ’13.
This is my third pair of capris currently in circulation from Vogue 8094, and I promise I’ll make up something new and exciting from a different pattern for my next post! But I love chocolate brown – it’s the black … Continue reading →
I really need capris and summer trousers. I’m not a shorts person at all. I haven’t actually worn a pair since my DD3 was born 9 years ago, and prior to that I’ve only ever owned about three pairs. But … Continue reading →
I’m late! I’m late for a very special date! And I’m going in with a whimper with this RTW top and me-made capris which are oldies, but goodies and have lots more life in them. I, Tia Dia of MezzoCouture, … Continue reading →
This sequin business is a PITA, and I mean it. Every single strand of sequins and beads is attached by a chain stitch, so I need to be super careful about how much I pull on a thread to eliminate … Continue reading →
This is a bust dart from my current project. I’ve never worked with sequin-encrusted fabric before. It’s impossible to sew with a machine, mostly because the small seed beads are not needle-friendly. I’ll be constructing this garment completely by hand.
This the second of three tops that I’m working on right now. The third is in the toile stage because it must fit perfectly. When you see the fabric, you’ll understand why! Anyways, this lovely little tee with gathered raglan … Continue reading →
I was sort of kinda maybe definitely getting stuck with my SWAP jackets. The muslins are cut and waiting to be sewn and fitted (this is the nightmare part for me, especially since I don’t have a sewing partner to … Continue reading →
So, after wearing the Jester blouse for a day and mulling it over for days in my head, I decided I really wanted to do that neckline differently. Y’know, like Burda had suggested in the first place. *hand-forehead* So I … Continue reading →
Well, I haven’t felt much like sewing these days, so I’ve been fabric shopping, and thought maybe you’d like to see some of the new treasures that came to live in my imaginary all-sewn-up-and-ready-to-wear world. First up, a remnant of … Continue reading →