But the pattern is definitely up my alley. Not the strapless version (although it’s very pretty), but the others.
So what happened? I’ve been wearing this all the time, grabbing it when I need to go out and about, and don’t want the bother of a top and bottom. I even like the print now. The fit is fabulous – slightly shaped in the torso, nice gathers under the bust and across the back. It was time for another version, this one in coral and black tribal print cotton jersey from Fabric Mart.
Yes, it is just as bright in person as it appears here – this is definitely orange, not coral, and I love it. Orange, orange, orange…I’m a sucka’ for orange fabric.
As with the first dress, I sewed View B, and trimmed the Medieval point off the sleeve. I really like the resulting, slightly belled, effect.
A few more sewing notes, pretty much the same as for my first version. Since all these changes are already in my working pattern, this was a fast sew – I almost whipped it up!
- Added 1 7/8″ to bodice length.
- Raised front neckline 2 3/8″.
- Lowered back neckline 1/2″.
- Applied 1/4″ twill tape to the first 4 inches of the shoulder seams, for stabilization.
- Did not add elastic to the waistline seam.
- Used tricot knit interfacing in the facings.
- And finished the edge of facings with 3-thread serging.
|Fuzzy photo. I guess the camera sneezed.|
Other things…I’ve been knitting again, now that the neuropathy in my hands has receded (thank you, B12 and D25). Knitting is one of my favorite ways to watch TV, since I don’t actually look at the TV – I just listen to it. News, good movies, and programs on NatGeo, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel (plus The Big Bang Theory) are my favorites. And I caught up on a few more seasons of The Wire on HBO, while kitty-sitting earlier this month. Darrin and Ashley have great TV – like, all of it! The Wire reminds me of reading Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe. Captivating.