Dresses: Day 26

Oh so guess what pattern I used to make today’s dress?

Yep, another . (That 1577 is still just the pattern number, not the grand total of versions I have made. Yet.)

Here’s a closer look at the bodice:

And in natural light:

This is Liberty Lemonia in the cotton poplin, which I can’t find extant anywhere anymore, although I did find this luscious (and expensive, of course!) . Has anyone ordered from them before? They have some really … but they don’t ship to the US.

This zipper, again, is no better than a C:

And here’s the back …

I haven’t worn this 1577 as much as it deserves, mostly because I’m always stumped by what shoes to wear with it. are my favorite, but I don’t really wear heels on a daily (or weekly, or honestly, even monthly) basis any more … Ideally I would find the perfectly-pale-blue Keds to wear with this, but they don’t seem to exist. (Dear Keds, Y U NO have a custom-Keds site? Take that money you’re paying T-Swift and team up with Pantone instead. I would spend all my money there so I could have matching Keds for everything.)

 

 

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Dresses: Day 25

Hey, did everyone see the super-nice slideshow Elle.com did of ? !

Here’s another (they keep going, and going …). This one is in :

I love this weight of Liberty, I wish they would make MUCH MUCH MORE of it. Here’s a closer view:

It’s a smooth, tight, silky weave, and heavier than Tana lawn. Here, look EVEN CLOSER:

The zipper on this one, though, is a C-. And that’s generous.

Here, you can see where I had to do a little bit of “there, I fixed it!” at the top:

Here’s the back view, for completeness’ sake:

And since y’all were so helpful with my collar question of yesterday (check out ), new question: how would you put a fuller skirt on this pattern? I don’t know whether it would be better to Frankenstein a skirt from another pattern, or whether I should suck it up and redraft this skirt (with its PERFECT POCKETS) to be fuller … and if the latter, how? Suggestions welcome!

 

Dresses: Day 24

I said there would be a lot of s this week, didn’t I? Here’s another one:

It’s from this Yuwa fabric that I bought .I probably held on to it for at least two years before it became this dress.

I’m not happy with the collar. I know there’s some kind of undercutting trick you can do to keep this from happening, but I can never seem to find it. Does anyone have a link?

Here’s a fairly fuzzy view of the front:

And the side zip, this is a strong B, I think:

Back view, inadequate pressing:

And closeup back view … I almost got those stripes matched! (Actually, I am pretty sure this was inadvertent.)

I love this dress but man oh man, are those colors hard to match. They’re all slightly off from any cardigans I actually have, so I end up wearing this dress only when it’s warm enough to go sans cardigan. (I do have one beige cardigan that matches, but … eh, beige.)

The scissors print still makes me happy … I’d love to have another scissors-print dress, maybe one with a more scattered layout? Haven’t seen any scissors fabric that I like as much as this, though.

Dresses: Day 23

I think this was the first I made — I can’t be absolutely sure, but I’m within a reasonable margin of error.

The reason I’m fairly sure that this was the first 1577 is that this fabric is pretty much my “ideal first try for a new pattern” fabric. First off, it’s quilting cotton, so it’s easy to sew and medium weight. Also, with most quilting cottons, if I make the dress within a year or so after buying the fabric and end up *really* screwing up, I can generally buy more on Etsy or Ebay, even if the stores are sold out.

Also, it’s really busy, so any weird seam bobbles or fitting issues tend to get lost in the print. And if I end up having to do some repairs, as I did here, they blend in a little better, too:

The perfect fabric for a “wearable muslin” is something where, if the dress is a success, I will be happy to wear it, but if it ends up in a tear-stained wad on the sewing room floor, I’m not inconsolable.
Occasionally I try out two new things at once with a new pattern, like this pocket piping — it’s called the ““: I’m already trying something new, what the hell, let’s try two things!

I would say my wearable muslins have about a 60-70% success rate, in terms of ending up with a wearable garment. My “I’m just going to jump right in with some fabric that I really love and see what happens” first tries have about a 40-50% success rate. So I do try to make up a new pattern in a less-dear fabric first. Ideally, it’s a fabric I like, but that I bought for $1/yard and have ten yards of … that’s perfect, since I can get two or three muslins out of something like that.

This one turned out to be really wearable — I’ve worn it a LOT.

Do you have a “wearable muslin” strategy?

Dresses: Day 22

This is one of my very favorite dresses, in that it’s a very cheerful dress to wear. I mean, how could it not be, it’s covered in bicycles!

Here’s a better view of the fabric (Michael Miller It’s A Boy Thing Bicycles) which, by the way, is still in :

I have no idea why “It’s A Boy Thing,” but I do know that when I wear this dress while actually , I get lots of friendly waves from little kids. (And if you do not wave back to small children who wave at you when you are riding a bicycle, well, that’s between you and your total lack of joie de vivre.)

The zipper on this one is a strong B:

And the back:

This is another of course, and I hope you’re not tired of these yet as there’s a whole bunch more a’comin. I didn’t remember until I started sorting out dresses for photographing 1) how many of these I’ve made and 2) how nicely it works in quilting cotton. There may be some stashbusting sewing coming up, now that this has been brought forcefully to mind.

 

 

Dresses: Day 21

Have you all picked up yet on the fact that I will basically make the same pattern over and over again until we both drop from exhaustion? Here is another , which needs a bit more pressing than it got:

This is in a nice slightly-heavier-than-usual shirting stripe. I had really high hopes for this fabric, and then this happened:

No matter what I tried, I just could not get those stripes to match up. I probably took it apart four or five times. I may take it apart one more time and use some fabric tape to stave off presser-foot creep, which is what I’m blaming for the mismatch. (Well, presser foot creep and my slightly off cutting out.)

The zipper is a C:

I have no idea why I had any navy bias binding at all. My guess is that I bought it in a big lot at a yard sale:

And what happened here? Your guess is as good as mine:

This is my favorite part of this dress … I really like the chevron effect:

 

I’m not sure where I bought this … it might have been on the remnant table at . It has that slick expensive-Italian-cotton feel. (And hey, when did Britex start ? Ooooooh! And like I NEED more places to buy fabric online … )

Dresses: Day 20

Wow, I can’t believe we’re a fifth of the way to the end …

Here is another dress from the same pattern as yesterday’s (Simplicity 5723):

(I blogged about this one , with worse pictures.)

Here’s the pocket, self-lined:

The back (Simplicity 5723 has a center back seam, which is a little bit of a pain):

The bodice/neck (I really love this fabric):

And the zipper, which is a definite C- minus on the McKean Scale of Zipper Eptness:

I generally end up wearing this dress with a cardigan (in teal, brown, or that mustardy-gold), a mustard-colored belt, and brown ballet flats.

(Today’s rollovers from , which may be my new favorite website …)

I keep forgetting to add that there are several spreads from up on “Inside the Book” at Amazon, if you’re looking for a !