|Posted on January 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM|
I'm happy... I'm back... First of all, now I can make an announcement that I won 2010 Endless Combinations on Pattern Review website. The contest really challenged me. I was glad that I did it. Second, the last 2 months were like hell for me. New job and tough. Good news is i'm getting used to with it and making it better and better everyday. i'm learning to love my job as I love the paycheck ...
Ok ... back to sewing I've done 2 dresses in last 10 days. This wool dress is the one I love. It has its own character ... I bought this piece of wool last week. I could not believe how cheap it was $3/m on sale at Fabricland. It took about 1.5m (60" width) for this dress. It was double wool, sparkling dark blue and fringe grey .
The FRONT 's bodice was 2 pieces cut in bias to create V stripes matched pattern, opened about 5 inches for front V neck. It was FIT bodice (because it was thick wool so I did not want to use darts for fitting). I made a gathered strip which was top stitched on attaching front seam. The BACK's bodice was simple at top but I put more details for the back skirt.
The bottom piece was flute style. I cut it as a full circle 9" width. I had a very nice and evenly ruffle around knee area. For the front, I wanted to focus on matching pattern so I turned the circle and found a good spot to attach it with to dress's bodice. It's shown verticle stripes at front center and kind of V up to other sides to match with V pattern of the dress's front. For the back and 2 sides: 1 small circle (3.5" width) was cut in half and stitched each half to each side of the dress where attaching between dress's bodice and bottom flute. 1 rectangle (30cm x 50cm) was cut in half at diangonal. I marked about 5 inches at the end point and the other point about 7 inches which would leave enough room to top stitch the left of the diangonal to the back like rainbow line through 3 points : side, up to underhip, then down to center point. So the ends were free falling down at 2 sides and center back .
Lining is stretching satin knit with elastic stitched at front and back neck hems. The bottom was also cut as a circle (7" width) to attach with the lining dress's body.
I love this dress. The dress' color tones go so well with red belt, red shoes. Hope you like it.
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