I feel like it has been ages since I’ve posted something complete, a whole new dress that worked out just as I imagined!
Here are a few progress photos… I tend to have these binge cutting out sessions, where I cut out a couple of projects over an afternoon/evening, including facings, ironing, marking and pinning darts etc as I go, then I have a day of zig zagging edges and stay stitching, sewing darts…. this seems to make the assembly happen quickly – instant gratification! So, here’s this number all ready to go.
I picked this fabric up at the local (dream) op shop, it’s a cottony feeling fabric, with sideways stretch, and was $8 for three meters, so quite a good find, I have enough to make a pair of shorts too (wohoo). This is how it happens, there’s actually more room here than it looks! Zig zagging the fabric edges here.
I had to do a bit of last minute adjusting with this dress, and added an extra piece of fabric when I installed the side zipper, it was just a teeny bit on the small side, I think being stripy fabric it worked ok and is not too obvious.
The skirt is also not quite as full as intended, mostly just so I could have enough fabric left for shorts, so maybe about 10-15 cms less. Overall, I find the fit to be pretty close to just right, though I gave a little more length on the shoulders, about 1 cm on each bodice piece. I also added the waist band instead of making a belt as this works well for me with full skirts.
I had to sew the waist band on twice! Tthere was a bit of slippage, when I was gathering and basting it.. oh, so much extra work, but it went alright in the end. This is my second side zipper too, and now I think I love side zippers! Here’s me hemming it, hmm, got distracted by some child or the jug boiling for tea and what do I find?
Austin making the most of a nice sunny spot. He targets my sewing. He’s all, “The kids are asleep, lets just cuddle up and watch a movie or something..” I’ve ironed this about 5 times this week! But now it’s all done, will try and get a photo on me, but you’ll have to put up with these ones for now..
Close up of the illustration.
And the finished frock.
The skirt looks better on, a bit fuller, the fabric is just the right weight to pull off the full skirt, just.
This is the side zipper, here’s a close up, where I added an extra piece.
Not too bad, I think the stripes were on my side… I have had a bad run of misaligned zippers lately, but have a new tip from a clever sewer for the next dress length zipper. I struggle a bit with the bulk of full skirts waist bands, do you have any tips? I’m thinking next time to sew a piece of fabric the length of the zip and attaching the zipper to that… With this one I cut back the seams on the inside, but I still get a bit of pull, but maybe that’s the way with invisible zippers? That’s what I’m using most of the time.
Here’s that lovely low back… I thought the brown and the stripes might be a bit dull, I don’t really wear brown.. But I do like it, I think it worked well. And I think I’ll have to make a more summery floral one up next.
That looks great! I’m impressed how you matched up the stripes on the front midriff band.
Thanks Jenn, yes I’m very happy.
I spent ages lining it all up, but it was pretty easy, just made it match when I did the pattern layout, and then it was straightforward. I wore it all day!
Loving this dress – such talent
Your sewing reminds me of Miriam the Kiwi Mummy Blogger hostess to Wardrobe Wednesday she loves 1950’s style dressing too
This is gorgeous – do we get a shot of you wearing it?? Sent over from Cat she thought I’d like your sewing – she was right!
Hi thanks for your message, no real life photo yet.. that involves another person and charged camera during the day, which doesn’t happen often! I have a number of other completed dresses and tops to blog about, so getting some photos is a priority! Watch this space.