A balancing act…

Balancing. No, not my life – my dress!

In my original post of this dress, I was contemplating those sleeves. They just seemed a little too much for the dress. And I suggested that I might rework them.

But I didn’t – instead I added a waistline feature to offset the sleeves, and, as it happens, bring some interest to the front of the dress.

This didn’t happen overnight – I tried on the dress a couple times, fiddled with the sleeves. Nope. Nothing. Thought about ditching it! It kind of had me at a stopping place with my sewing. Thank goodness, somewhere around midnight Saturday, the idea of a tie hit me.

Lots of seam ripping, draping, messing around, removal of elastic in the front waistband, and re-sewing later…a tie I really like! The basics of the tie pattern:

The wide end is placed in the side seam, with 1 3/4″ above the waistline seam, and 1″ or so below it. And I added a ‘preventer’ belt loop at center front to keep the knot in place.



 I’m super happy with the result…

So now I can think of my next project. Actually, I might try a tie on this dress, which has been hanging in the loft, taunting me since I disparaged it.

What is it with me and tie-front dresses this month? If someone would just create a pattern for the Mociun dress, I wouldn’t have these challenges!

Parting shots: I finished my T-Shirt Graffiti pen escapade with my Willow tank, Washed and dried, pretty nice for a first attempt with these fabric pens.

And Monday, Monday. I started the day with a 3-hour wait at my Honda place, while they replaced an air-bag that’s been recalled. I almost finished this Felicity slouchy hat. I love love this pattern by Wanett Clyde. Check out those crystal polo beads, totally inspired by Roobeedoo’s beaded Amulet shawl, which is absolutely stunning.

Ciao! Coco

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