Nov 272013
 

Happy almost-Thanksgiving everyone!  Today I have a Deer and Doe Sureau to show you.  I loved my experiences with the Belladone so much that I decided to try another Deer and Doe pattern.  I had a super hard time figuring out which one to try next, but I eventually decided on the Sureau, and I love it just as much as the Belladone!

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This is made from Kaufman 21-wale corduroy in the rust colorway.  I LOVE corduroy, but I can never seem to find corduroy things in stores that fit well or look right on me.  I bought some thin-wale corduroy last year to make a skirt, but this was before I knew about how to press corduroy, and I ruined it by pressing it all by itself.  The nap got crushed in the formation of the grid pattern on my ironing board and it never would come out, even after I washed it.  I’ve since learned that you have to press corduroy on the wrong side only, and that you have to iron it over another piece of corduroy or a velvet board.  I only recently learned about the velvet board from Beth at Sunny Gal Studio.  I decided to buy a velvet board because I was nervous about pressing it wrong and ruining my new corduroy.  If it’s what Beth uses, I knew it would have to work well because her stuff is always SO professionally finished!

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The velvet board works very well, but the one I could afford is so tiny!  It’s kind of annoying to use, but I do like it for pressing things like seams.  I experimented and discovered that ironing with a piece scrap of corduroy under the garment works well for large flat areas and saves a little time and hassle.

I only made a few little alterations to the Sureau, but they led to additional alterations.  I’ll describe them all here so you can see how they work.  The first one is the usual – I lopped off some length at the shoulder seams.  This time it looked best when I cut more off the back bodice piece than the front, so I cut off 1 3/8 inches off the back piece and I think 3/4 of an inch off the front piece (I can see what I cut off the back in the photo below, but don’t have the front pattern piece in front of me and I already put it in my pattern storage, so I’m not digging it out – sorry!).  I took a picture of my pattern piece so you can see how I do this:

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The thing that happens when you make this back pattern piece is that when you cut the extra off at the shoulder seam, if you make no other alterations, you’ll end up with a too-small and distorted neckline.  This alteration also makes the armhole and front neckline smaller, but these are usually part of what I’m trying to make smaller, so no other alteration is necessary there – necklines and armholes are usually way too low on me.  What I do to solve the back neckline problem is I trace the top part of the pattern like normal, then I slide it down so that the shoulder edge I’ve traced is 1 3/8 inches (in this case) lower than the shoulder edge of the pattern, then I trace the rest.  This leaves the shape of the neckline intact but shortens the bodice overall and makes the armhole smaller.  Now, the other problem in this case is that when you do this, the top corner of the shoulder edge gets cut off a tiny bit.  It’s usually not enough to worry about, but the Sureau has a neckline facing that gets caught in the armhole seam, so I had to alter something so that the facing would line up.  I decided to add the bit I’d lopped off back to the bodice, and I did that by simply lining it up with the facing pattern piece and taping a bit more tracing paper at that edge so I could add it back.

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You can also see my pattern weights here, which are an idea I got from someone at Pattern Review a long time ago – I wish I had kept track of who to give credit to for this!  They’re large washers I got from Home Depot and glued together, then wrapped with ribbon.  I may have mentioned it here before, but I used to be super into card-making, so I have tons of ribbon from those days.  I have a set of 15 pattern weights, all wrapped with different ribbons.  I really like using them because they’re colorful, and I think we all know that I’m in love with color!  Anyway, this little alteration ended up being moot because when I put the sleeves on, I saw that the shoulder was too wide for me, so I cut off a half inch at the top edge of the armhole and tapered it to nothing at the bottom of the armhole edge.  That ended up looking a lot better.

Now, the final thing that happens when you do this alteration is that since the armhole is smaller, the sleeve needs to be smaller as well.  When I looked at the Sureau pattern piece, I discovered that it’s what Kathleen Fasanella would call anatomically correct, meaning that one side isn’t a mirror image of the other.  I’ve linked to her blog post about this before, but here it is again: Sleeve Cap Ease is Bogus.  You can see the way the sleeve isn’t symmetrical in this photo.  The side seams are matched up, but the sleeve cap doesn’t match.

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I was happy that Deer and Doe use a more sophisticated sleeve design, but it also made me unsure of what to do to make the sleeve smaller.  I ended up doing the following, but I have no idea whether it’s what one should do.  It worked well enough, but this is just me making it up as I go along.  I measured the total sleeve cap and then each side of the sleeve cap and calculated ratios.  I figured out how much I needed to subtract based on my new armhole size, then I figured out how much of that subtraction should be done on each side of the sleeve based on the ratios I had calculated earlier.  I wasn’t sure it would work, and I thought I might lose the gathers that were supposed to be in the sleeve, but they ended up remaining intact.  Yay!  It may have worked out by accident, but it worked out and it’s all that counts.

You can see the final alteration in the first pattern piece photo above – I added a quarter inch to the side seam of the bodice.  When I made the muslin, the bodice was super tight, so I thought I’d add a bit of room.  After this alteration, it ended up being ever-so-slightly too big.  But it’s not that noticeable, and it just makes it a super comfy dress to wear.  I love my new comfy cozy corduroy dress!

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You can sort of see here that it’s a bit loose.  I really love the color, too.  With my brown boots and jewelry, I look like Mrs. Autumn Woman, the companion to The Onion’s Mr. Autumn Man, LOL!  It’s perfect because fall is my favorite season!  It’s been like 20 degrees here this week, so I’m lamenting the coming of winter just like Mr. Autumn Man does at the end of the article.

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When I turn to do side views in my photos, I sometimes look like I’m checking out the bookshelf, so I decided to do it for real this time, haha.

deer-and-doe-sureau-buttonsI really wanted to finish this dress and didn’t have time to go to Vogue Fabrics, where they have an obscene amount of buttons, so I had to rely on Joann’s.  I had a really difficult time finding buttons I liked at Joann’s, but I ended up with these and I think I really love them!  They look like ceramic, but I think they’re just plastic.  One thing to note about this pattern is that it’s not really a button-up on top – that’s a mock placket, and the buttons are just sewn on top of it.  This is fine with me because I think it would look weird if any of the buttons were ever unbuttoned, so it wouldn’t really be functional and would just be extra work.

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I’ve worn it twice now and I plan to wear it for Thanksgiving tomorrow because I LOVE it.  It’s super comfy, excessively fall-ish, and fits pretty well even if it’s just a smidge too big.  Yay for Deer and Doe patterns!  I can’t wait to make more.  I’ve never seen myself as having a body shape that would look good with button-down shirt dresses, but I really like the Bleuet, and I think it could look good on me.  I think I’d also like it in a fine wale corduroy, but maybe I’m just obsessed!

 

 

Nov 182013
 

I had planned to write this post a week ago, but I got sick last weekend and spent the next few days totally miserable – tired, stuffy, sore throat.  I didn’t feel like doing much of anything, especially getting all gussied up to take blog photos of completed projects!  I cancelled class for my students on Tuesday but had to drag myself in on Thursday because they had a paper to write, and I also had an appointment to get my sewing machine cleaned on Wednesday, so I was really worn out from all the activity and was just a vegetable while I was home.  I’m still sniffling now, but I’m mostly recovered.

Anyway, I finished my second Deer and Doe Belladone a few weeks ago and have been wanting to blog about it ever since.  I have such a backlog of things I’ve finished and haven’t posted about that I’m going to talk about my first and second Belladones in this post.  Let me start by saying that I LOVE Deer and Doe patterns!  They fit me very well right out of the envelope, which is amazing.  This happens more often with independent pattern makers than it does with the big 4, but it seemed like the Belladone was particularly easy to fit.  I almost could have made it without any modifications, but I tweaked a few things here and there to make the fit better.

peacock-deer-and-doe-belladone-front-1So this is Belladone #1, for summer.  I was obsessed with this fabric – I just love colors (haha, can you tell from the walls in my apartment?), and this has lots of them, so it’s clearly superior to other fabrics!  It’s a linen/cotton blend from Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study line, and it’s called Parenthetical in Potpourri.  I was really pleasantly surprised with how little it wrinkled, considering that it’s a blend of two fabrics that are known for wrinkling.  The first day I wore it I was running late, so I had to drive instead of taking the train to campus, and being scrunched up in the car plus seatbelt didn’t leave me with a wrinkled mess like it usually does.

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My cutout in the back is still ever-so-slightly gappy, especially when I move in certain directions, but I’m mostly happy with it.  When I wore this on that first day, everyone was complimenting me on the front, and then a few minutes later when I turned to leave, they’d gasp and then compliment me on the back!  This is a dress that really knows how to make you feel good about your sewing skills, especially considering that the back isn’t really that hard to make!  The directions are really well-written, and I wasn’t confused even once.  The back is the area where I had to make the most alterations, which is typically the case for me.  I took the two back pieces in slightly at the center seam and overlapped the top triangles a little more than was called for in the pattern.  I also cut the back just a little shorter than the pattern called for because I always have a problem where if the front of a bodice fits me, the back is slightly too long.  I suppose what I really need to be doing to solve the back problems is starting with a smaller size and then doing a full bust adjustment.  There’s been a rash of really awesome and clear FBA tutorials going around lately, so I’m going to give it a go on my next new make.  Lauren’s tutorial for the La Sylphide sewalong finally made sense out of FBAs for me, as did Alana’s for the Dakota sewalong.

peacock-deer-and-doe-belladone-sideI was really worried about that front pleat sticking out in an obnoxious way, but it looks pretty good, I think!  Another alteration I had to make was taking the dress up a bit at the shoulder – I think about a half inch.  As I’ve mentioned before, this solves two problems for me – armholes and waists that are riding too low.  I also usually have some gaping at the armholes, and this dress was no exception though it was pretty minimal.  In order to deal with it, I pinched out a little dart where it was gaping and then rotated the amount of the dart into the horizontal bust dart that was already in the pattern.  It was my first time rotating excess into an existing dart, and I was pretty excited about how well it worked!  It’s amazing to me how excess fabric in one area can be taken care of by removing it in another area.  Magic, I tell you!

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For winter, I want to make myself a long-sleeved t-shirt out a black tissue knit, because for some reason I think this would look awesome to wear underneath this.  For now, I’ll just wear it with a cardigan, tights, and boots.  This cardigan, by the way, really shows you how much I need to knit my own sweaters.  It’s just way too long, even though it’s a petite size.  I can’t wait until I know enough to make my own sweaters!

So that’s pretty much it for the first Belladone.  After making and loving this one so much, I decided I wanted one for fall with sleeves.  I had been eyeing some fabric for a while and it went on sale for like $4 a yard, so I grabbed it and decided to make my fall Belladone with it.  Now that it’s all said and done, I’m not as in love with the fabric as I originally thought I’d be.  It’s a quilting cotton, and it just doesn’t drape as well as the linen/cotton blend.  I have a bad habit of falling in love with quilting cotton prints and then making things out of them that don’t live up to my expectations.  I still have a few in my stash that I need to use up, but I need to institute a rule about buying them in the future.  It’s so hard, though, because you can find them so cheap that it always seems like a great idea to buy them.  Anyway, this fabric was annoying for two other reasons besides its hand.  First of all, I didn’t buy enough of it to make the sleeves.  I bought the same amount that I bought for the summer Belladone because I’d had plenty of extra left over and could have easily cut sleeves out as well . . . but that fabric was 54 inches wide and the quilting cotton was 44.  Ugh.  So I went online, found some at fabric.com, then hemmed and hawed about what else I wanted to buy along with it, and by the time I made up my mind it was sold out.  Remember how I said it was on sale?  Yeah, that’s because it was being discontinued and was in the clearance bin.  I was really irritated with myself for being so stupid twice over and even cried.  What can I say – I’m a crier.  You’ll probably hear a lot about me crying on this blog!  I finally found some at a website I’d never heard of before – Ladyfingers Sewing Studio. I was concerned that their obscurity wouldn’t bode well for my shopping experience, but it all worked out smoothly, so yay for Ladyfingers!  This nefarious fabric is Lucky Penny Fallen Leaves in Night by Allison Glass, for those curious.  Though don’t be too curious because you’ll never find the stuff!

deer-and-doe-fall-belladone-frontSo there it is, the fall Belladone.  I had the worst time with that sleeve.  I tried to use a tutorial from Threads to draft my own sleeve, but it was ridiculously too huge for the armscye.  I don’t know if I did it wrong or if Threads is a propagator of the unnecessary sleeve cap ease that’s so rampant in commercial patterns, but it did not work out at all.  I ended up just taking the sleeve from the Deer and Doe Sureau pattern and popping it in.  The Sureau sleeve is gathered, but somehow it turned out that I needed to use a quarter inch seam allowance instead of 5/8 to get this sleeve to fit, plus it ended up not having enough fabric to be gathered.  Whatevs, it covers my arms and doesn’t look horrible.  I was never committed to the idea of the gathering anyway.

deer-and-doe-fall-belladone-sideI really love the mustardy yellow paired with grey.  I started to type that this is one of my favorite color combos, but honestly, when I really think about it, there are tons of combos that could qualify as “favorites.”  I’m pretty indiscriminate when it comes to pairing colors!

deer-and-doe-fall-belladone-backI wanted to make the back solid as well as adding sleeves so this could be worn for fall without a cardigan.  Everything seemed fine at the muslin stage, but I must have mucked something up because the top of the back was way too tall.  It was crawling halfway up my neck.  I hacked it down and it looks mostly okay.  You can’t really tell in this picture, but when I hacked it down, it meant that some of the zipper teeth had to be enclosed in the bias binding I used on the neckline.  I tried to cut the teeth out, leaving just the tape to be caught in the binding, but I didn’t do such a great job and the the stiffness of the zipper in the binding caused the two halves of the bodice to be uneven.  You can’t really tell in the picture, but the right side is definitely higher than the left.  I ripped it out once and redid it because it was really noticeable, but I didn’t want to rip it out a second time to get it perfect because I was worried about causing additional problems by stretching out the neckline with all the handling.

deer-and-doe-fall-belladone-no-beltI mentioned earlier that there were two problems with this fabric, but I only told you the harrowing tale of not having enough of it to make sleeves.  I also ended up not liking the all-over print once it got put together.  Once again I chose a busy print that left me with no waist definition.  I could tell right away that I didn’t like it before I even tried it on.  I thought I might rip it apart and substitute a different color for the waistband.  I had some grey fabric in my stash that I thought would be perfect.  It turned out that the grey fabric didn’t match at all – it was too cool to go with this warm yellowy grey with mustard accents.  Then I decided that it would be totally awesome if I could find a mustard fabric to match the leaves in the print.  I even mocked it up in Gimp and loved how it looked.

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What I didn’t realize is that that mustardy yellow color is exceedingly strange.  I took a swatch into Joann’s to look at the Kona cottons, assuming that quilting cotton designers might take coordinating solids into account when designing their prints.  No such luck.  Against everything I could find, this mustardy yellow actually ended up looking sort of limey.  So I gave up on that idea and went to Target, where I bought my second-ever belt.  Woohoo, belts!  You solve all my problems!

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See how happy you make me, belt?  You’re awesome.  Why on earth did I ever think I couldn’t pull off a belt?  My body apparently pretty much requires a belt whenever I wear print dresses.

So goes the tale of the Deer and Doe Belladone in my household.  Wow, that was really long!  At least you got to see two different dresses, though.  I’m resisting the urge to call them “looks” after the marathon sessions of Project Runway watching that I’ve been doing.  I feel the need to not call them “looks” or discuss how I’ve “styled” them.  Maybe when I start taking myself more seriously as a seamstress (though it’s not Project Seamstress, is it?).  For now, my ineptitude at making sleeves and ordering enough fabric make me feel that I’m not worthy of such high-minded language.

I finished my Sureau last weekend, just before the sickness caught me in its grip.  I did a marathon photo session, so the photos are all ready to go and I’ll post about it in a few days.  During that marathon photo session, of which this fall Belladone was a part, you may have noticed that my tripod is captured in the bottom right corner of all my photos.  Editing it out would cut off my feet or part of my arm in most of the photos, so I’m leaving it as is.  Ah well.  I will figure out this photo thing someday, including not capturing the tripod and getting rid of the three feet of dead space above my head!

 

Oct 292013
 

It seems like every time I think a project is going to go smoothly it ends up being a disaster. I decided to make an empire-waist dress using the Renfrew with a scoop neck for the top half, and the gathered skirt from Butterick 5456 (you can see my first two versions here), joined at the waist with elastic. I’ve made the Renfrew twice and the Butterick dress twice, so this should have been a piece of cake, right?

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I like this picture because it reminds me of the sassy preschoolers I taught one summer. Can you hear me stamping my feet and saying, “NO!” to this dress?

WRONG. OMG you guys, this dress almost put me over the edge! First of all, the fabric.  It’s a Derek Lam rayon/cotton blend I got from Emma One Sock. I don’t know if the cut they gave me was short or if it just shrank aggressively in the wash, but I was 10 inches short of the two yards I ordered and needed to make this dress. I managed to squeeze this dress out of what I had, but it was really close. Also, I somehow missed that this fabric was super lightweight on the website. I thought it might need lined, but it definitely needed lined because it was like a featherweight knit.

Since the fabric was so lightweight and lacking in body, I thought I’d be clever and hand baste the lining to it (I’d decided to underline to give the fabric a better hand instead of just lining). Well, that was a terrible idea. Here’s the hand basting I did – it’s the red thread running around the edges:

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Aren’t those colors pretty, though?

I used this rayon embroidery thread that’s really slippery. I always use it when I make muslins or machine baste things because it’s super easy to pull out of the fabric if I need to make any changes. Turns out, it also makes the fabric slide around on it when you use big old hand basting stitches. So I had to pull it out and just machine baste them together.

Which is when I found out that my sewing machine HAAAAATES this lining fabric. It’s also from Emma One Sock, and it’s called Venezia 4-way stretch lining.  I’ve used it before and didn’t have any problems, but this time, no matter what needle I used (and I tried them all – sizes 10, 12, and 14 in both ball point AND sharp – no dice), I got skipped stitches and the thread would snag or something and then bunch up. WTF? Who’s ever heard of this?! I was just banging my head against the wall anytime I was at the sewing machine with this fabric, and the sewing part is usually my favorite.

At some point during all this, I saw that the fabric had a tiny little hole in it near the bottom of the dress. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! I nearly cried. Don’t think sewing hasn’t driven me to tears on multiple occasions. This just wasn’t one of them, I think because I was sort of over it at that point. The hole isn’t that noticeable, so whatever. I’m just leaving it as is, because the last time I tried to darn a little hole like this, I just made things worse. These little ones don’t tend to spread unless you put a lot of stress on them, and I think this one will be fine since it’s near the hem.

So after all that, I put it on and decided I didn’t really like it that well. Much like my black and white Butterick 5456, the all-over pattern didn’t give my waist enough definition.

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kinda frumpy, no?

So I got out the trusty single belt that I owned and slapped it on, and I like that much better. It’s a new age of belts in my household. I just bought another one to wear with my fall Belladone that I just completed and hope to show you soon.

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better, yes?

I got a lot of compliments on this dress, so I guess it came out okay. All I can see is hours of frustration, though. I do like the colors, so maybe the trauma will wear off with time and I’ll love it.

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I realized that I never wrote anything about sizing on my last few posts, so here’s some info about that. I made the Renfrew top in a size 14, and the Butterick bottom in I think like a size 18. But I should say that I think I greatly reduced the size of the Butterick skirt because the gathered skirt they had was just too bulky for me. What I ended up with is a piece of fabric 27 inches long by 28 inches wide, which I then gathered down so that it fit my waist.

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That reminds me – one thing that did work out very well on this dress was gathering on my serger, which I tried for the first time. I HAAAATE gathering by pulling threads, but I’ve always been too nervous to give up the fine-tuned control that method allows for the serger, which just sort of does its own thing. I did some tests on scraps beforehand, though, and it all worked out okay. I thought it wouldn’t need much gathering, but I ended up turning the differential all the way to the highest amount of gathering and going with almost the longest stitch length, which is the way to get maximum gathering on my serger. I think it worked out because the serger gathering is kind of stretchy, so if it ends up a little small, you can easily fudge it.

You may notice that the sleeves don’t have the typical Renfrew banded hem. I decided to just serge the edge, flip it under and top stitch it because I felt like the banded hem wouldn’t look right with this style.

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Or maybe I was just feeling lazy.

I also did the same thing with the bottom hem. I’m still kind of learning how to get my coverstitch machine to do what I want it to do without annoying me, and I just did not feel like taking the time for that with this dress. I wanted it to be done, and the serge, flip, sew method was the quickest way to get there.

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Yep, lazy.

Lately I’ve been taking shortcuts like this, and I think a lot of the reason is that I’m just not sure how long I’ll be this size, so it’s just not worth it to go the extra mile. It’s kind of freeing to just not worry about all those little details all the time.

Oct 212013
 

Today I’m going to talk about Butterick 5456.  It’s getting really cold here in Chicago, so it feels inappropriate to be showing you such light, summery dress.  But this can easily be paired with tights, boots, and cardigan, so just use your imagination!

Most of the pictures below are of my second version of this dress.  The first photo is of the first one I made from a beefy knit print I got from Gorgeous Fabrics paired with a weird beefy knit solid from Joann’s.  The fabrics were too thick and didn’t drape properly, so I didn’t like the dress very much.  It was nice to slip on and head out the door to run some errands, but I always felt like it was too casual or just kinda strange, so I didn’t like to wear it to anything where I wanted to look nice.

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My first version.

I knew I wanted to make a second version in a drapier fabric, but that desire was solidified in August when I visited my mother and saw that she had a dress from Macy’s that looked exactly like the pattern envelope!  It was such a strange coincidence.  Hers was obviously made out of the proper kind of fabric, and it made me want one that would look better than the one I had.

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Second version, sans belt.

This fabric is also from Gorgeous Fabrics.  It’s an ITY knit, and it’s a nicer one.  I’ve sewn some ITY knits that were terrible – too clingy or had a squicky-feeling finish.  This one is nice and smooth, and it skims the body without clinging because of the smooth finish.

After I made the dress and tried it on, I felt like the all-over pattern didn’t give my waist enough definition.  I thought it would look better with a belt, but I didn’t own any.  For real – zero belts.  I used to think I couldn’t pull off a belt, but I used to be stupid.  Belts are awesome.  I really wanted to wear this dress for the first day of classes (and I finished it at like midnight the night before, haha), so I made myself a fabric belt out of some aqua fabric I had lying around.  I just tied it around my waist and I thought it looked sort of stupid, but it was better than nothing.  I ended up getting tons of compliments on it, so what do I know?  I’ve since bought a real belt, and here it is with the dress.

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Second version, avec belt.

I think the belt looks better pretty much from every angle.  I have a habit of buying tons of patterned fabric, but as I’m learning, I really need to think about the style of the dress I intend to make because patterns hide a lot of fun details, and as in this case, can make me look waistless.

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Side view, aussi avec belt.

As the pattern is written, the back is supposed to have a cutout, like so.

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But I didn’t like that feature because I intended to wear this in the winter as well as the summer, and I thought the ties would look weird with a cardigan.  So I just made the back pattern piece straight so that it goes all the way to my neck.  Easy peasy.

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The only problem with this dress is that if I move certain ways, you can see the side of my bra.  It’s not such a huge deal unless I lift my arms certain ways, but when I’m teaching, I have to lift my arms to write on the board, so whoops!  A black bra minimizes this, but it was easier to show you the problem with a lighter-colored bra.  I could fix this by raising the bottom of the armhole, but I feel like I have really good mobility in the arms because of its size, so I’d have to muslin this to be sure I was happy with the fit.  Also, because these are cut-on sleeves, I’d have to be sure that changing the armhole doesn’t mess with the fit at the bust.  I’m really not the biggest fan of cut-on sleeves because they don’t tend to play well with large busts, but they sure are easy to sew!

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Boo, unfortunate gappage!

The dress is constructed with a self-lined bodice, which you can see below.  Part of the problem with my earlier version was the fabric was bulky to begin with, and then self-lining it doubled the bulkiness.  This one is so much better in that regard.  The self-lining makes for a pretty clean finish with the elastic, which is nice.  I just left the edge of the elastic casing raw because this knit isn’t going to ravel, plus the raw edge is a lot softer than serger stitches.

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This was the third thing I hemmed with my new coverstitch machine (I have a Janome CoverPro), and it was a nightmare – I had to rip out the stitches a few times because the hem kept rippling and it was making me crazy.  I think I eventually ended up taping the hem up with wonder tape so it would stay put, then running the cover stitch over that.  I guess it ended up looking pretty decent here!  You can see it from the right side and the wrong side below.

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I’m still learning about how to coverstitch – it’s really hard to get everything lined up properly so you’re catching the edge of the fabric.  I’ve been using a stack of post it notes on the bed of the machine so I can run the fabric along the edge, but it’s not perfect because floppier fabrics like this one don’t necessarily lie flat and will bubble up against the post it notes, meaning that the edge is no longer exactly underneath the needles.  I’ll get the hang of it soon enough!

I’m in the middle of about 5 different projects right now, because I’m freaking out about getting enough clothes for fall, so I hope to have lots to show you in the coming days!