Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Dress Progress

I have a wedding to go to in mid-August and it is black tie. After having no luck finding something in ready-to-wear, I grabbed the opportunity to sew something. Now, I am not a perfect size nor am I a young person who can get away with wearing almost anything. I needed something elegant, a bit conservative and something that would hide figure flaws (too many to mention). I think I found what I was looking for in a McCalls pattern. It also came with a selection of "toppers" which gave me the opportunity to go a little crazy. I found both fabrics at JoAnn's. The black has a bit of stretch in it, which is good...At my age stretch is ALWAYS a good thing. The pink has an antique look to it and I think it will make a nice little shrug...Plus it covers upper arm issues. I have been sewing for many, many years and I have tackled some pretty heavy duty projects like fancy dresses, custom pants for my husband who was in a rock band in the late 60's (violet bell bottoms), clothing for my children, slipcovers, curtains, coats, you name it. But this project has offered some new challenges. Working on black means you need Ott Lights, baby...Especially if you have older eyes. Cutting out 60" fabric and lining on the bias means you are ON YOUR KNEES and leaning over to pin ON THE FLOOR. My cutting table is 4' wide by 6' long and handles almost anything. Not this. It was a KILLER and that is NO exaggeration. Sewing on the bias means everything must be pinned first and possibly even basted first. Be prepared. And use a stretch needle.

Other than that, it's going well. I have put in the zipper and now the lining in the back is next. I'll post when it is completed and try to get a decent photo of me in it. I know you will be on pins and needles waiting for that.

I hope this helps with any of you who may be thinking of attempting such a project. Use the comment bar or e-mail me with any questions.


Dress Progress Posted by Picasa


Detail of Pink Shrug Fabric Posted by Picasa


Detail of gathered edge Posted by Picasa