Dresses: Day 82

There’s something fishy about this :

Here’s the for this dress, from back in 2010.

I bought the fabric . (I still haven’t sewn up the other fabric from that post.) I kind of wish I had more of it — I mean, wouldn’t you? I’d also like to have bright orange koi on a gray background, kind of like .

The neck binding is a bit roll-y:

The zipper is nice, though! The pocket lining is just plain off-white batiste.

And the back:

Dresses: Day 81

ANOTHER orange-stripe Heidi; this one is matchier:

I really liked this fabric, it’s a heavy sateen:

The zip turned out okay …

Pink pockets!

And the back (still matchy):

I think after tomorrow we’ll take a break from Heidi for a few days. What do you think?

Dresses: Day 80

Another day, another Heidi:

This one was back in 2010:

I think that this fabric fell into the category of “there isn’t possibly enough for a full-skirted dress but I love it so much I will buy it anyway,” and then voila! there was enough for a Heidi. It’s a nice crisp corded cotton with a gorgeous hand. In my opinion, there is not enough corded cotton in the world. Why doesn’t Liberty make corded cotton? I shall write a letter.

The side zip, pretty good:

And the back view.

I wore this one on Sunday with , which are, in my opinion, the coolest and most comfortable ones I’ve ever owned (they seem pricey now but they were on sale a while back):

Amazingly comfortable and really good for those of us with wider feet — they can be adjusted at both the ankle and toe, so you don’t have that thing where your ankles are swimming and your toes are pinched, which is the worst. Highly recommended. I got the black; if there are any in my size left at the end of summer sale I may be tempted to get the brown or even the denim-y blue colorways …

Dresses: Day 79

Another . I really love ticking-stripe fabric, and to find it in orange … well, I had to have it:

It turned out to be a very creamsicle-ish dress:

The for this dress did not show the wonky side zip:

I’m not sure what happened with that. Is it just me, or is it harder to find instructions on increasing the waist measurement than it is to find instructions for any other alteration? Is it just assumed to be easy, or does no one but me do it, or what? I find that whenever I have a weird side-seam problem, it’s usually because of some wonky alteration I’ve done. (While looking I did find , though.)

I don’t wear this dress all that often, I’m not sure why. I do love orange …

Dresses: Day 78

This is without a doubt my favorite :

This is one of the few dresses that I’ve reworked after learning more about the pattern — the first version is . The original neckline was a bit too wide — luckily I had enough extra of this fabric, because the Heidi sews up with virtually nothing.

This dress is just so fun to wear. I like to wear it with .

Side zip, eh. The Heidi side zips are open at the top (go right into the armhole) so it’s important to make sure that you cover the scratchy bits.

And the back:

I realized while getting the next batch of dresses ready for their closeups that whoa, I have made a LOT of Heidis. I don’t think all of them are going to make the Hundred Dresses cut! Maybe I should do a separate series of just Heidis? I’ll try to do at least a roundup. I don’t wear them as much as I used to because they’re not as well-suited for biking (they can be biked in, it’s just not as easy as in a fuller skirt).

Dresses: Day 76

I had really high hopes for this :

I love the pink and red and gray colorway:

I kind of bailed on trying to match the stripes, since I think it’s impossible to match stripes and gathers:

Pockets, lined in batiste:

Side zip:

The whole dress is lined in batiste, actually:

I’m not sure why I lined the dress, the fabric didn’t really need it. Probably just to see if I could:

But this is why I hardly ever wear it, and why it’s going in the Goodwill pile, finally — there’s a subtle flaw in the fabric and I managed to cut it right across the front bodice. Arrgh:

I know it’s almost imperceptible, but I know it’s there, and it drives me crazy. So … oh well. I scrutinize fabric a LOT more now, especially bargain fabrics (which this was). If I find a flaw, I mark it (on BOTH sides) with blue painters tape, so that I can’t help but see it when I’m cutting.

The Heidi, 1950s-style

So yes, still obsessed with the — I have been thinking about making one that's a bit more jumperish, and came across this pattern (available from Anna at ): 

 Scoop neck, big pockets — can't you see it?