Well, it didn’t take me long to sew this pattern for myself! I really enjoyed sewing the version I recently made for Ashley. And drafting my size was easy peasy, because I take a shortcut on the skirts of maxi dresses – I simply cut out a rectangle to the length I need. So I only needed the bodice patterns.
It’s so nicely drafted. My only change was to add 3.5″ to the sleeves on this version. No FBA, no length addition on the bodice, no raising of the neckline or narrowing of the shoulder. (A quick note – my bust is almost 4″ smaller around and 2″ higher since my surgery in August. So I’ve gone down from size 14 to 12, in Big 4 patterns. And they fit without adjustments. Happy!)
This fabric is pretty funky. It’s a crushed poly ITY that I picked up from Fashion Fabrics Club a couple years ago. I expected the print to be smaller, and it has taunted me from my stash ever since. This is a big print! and needs something that can carry it. The good part – no way did I try to match it up. I think the vertical repeat must be about 36″.
Once I started working with it, I got another surprise. I picked up the back bodice to staystitch the neckline and found a hole. I didn’t cause this! So I carefully inspected all my pieces and, thankfully, no more holes. In my leftover pieces, I found a line of holes from selvedge to selvedge. Thank goodness I missed them and had enough to cut a new back.
In the back of my mind – is this dress going to rot in place? Actually I think it was probably mechanical damage from fabrication because the holes are identical in shape and size.
The pattern calls for elastic in the bodice/skirt seam, and I included it in Ashley’s dress. But once I put this on, I decided not to use it. Ashley’s is only pinned in, so we can remove it from hers as well if she likes it the same way.
I’m wearing a short cami-style undergarment, which just peeks out in the neckline. I don’t usually mention under things or RTW here, but I really like these – Fruit of the Loom Seamless Strappy Sports Bra (although they don’t have compression and or feel like a sports bra). Sold in a pack of 3 for about $26, they’re available from lots of places online. I got mine from HerRoom, which is my favorite place to shop for seamless lingerie.
On another topic, the holidays will soon be here! so I’ve been thinking about what I can make for family. Ashley has requested fingerless mittens to wear while gaming on the computer – fun for me because I’ve probably knitted 25 pairs and used to sell them at craft fairs. And True Bias just came through with the men’s Hudson pants. Yesterday I downloaded the men’s and mini versions – I love to make my son and grandson matching garments. Last year I made them camo board shorts and loop bracelets. I’ll be shopping JoAnns tomorrow for fabric and yarn. My JAs is a great store with wonderful fabrics and lots of very nice and helpful people.
Thank you so much for all the kind comments and wishes on my last two posts. You’re the best – Coco