Well. An understatement. Our move out of town and anticipation of being very busy in these upcoming summer months has induced a flurry of sewing. Induced or unleashed?A very anticipated dress. My first lined bodice using a 1/2 price splurge of Kaffe Fassett dyed, then woven fabric (swoon). I plan to hand sew the lining on the unfinished seams and use a cotton tape to add weight to the unlined skirt for the hem. I have used the dirndl dress pattern from Wendy Mullin’s Sew U Dress book. The more sewing I do the more I realize that I do not like store bought patterns. I had made a muslin for this dress and realized the bust darts where in the wrong place for me. So I lowered them (first time I had made an adjustment like that but clearly outlined in the book) and viola! I then made a second muslin in which I put in a DISASTER of zipper. I cannot even talk about it. The second muslin was a success so off of that I made a mish-mashed felted sweater dress with no zipper. As of now, I have not put a zipper in this dress. I can *just* squeeze it on and I love how it fits, a bit loose. Can I get away with no zip? I will add that I am over the fear of the zip because of this minor success:
Please do excuse the wrinkles. I was finding the iron overwhelming and the usually well-behaved Marimekko fabric very, very unpleasant. With this skirt I used the Lisette Market skirt (view A). I cut a size 6 and left off the tabs (too fussy for my taste). It just fits, high waisted and a bit fluted. The teensy bit of blue showing at the hem is a ribbon I used for both the hem and as a fake sort of petersham at the waist. I will most likely not make this pattern again. How many cheerleading skirts do I need? Not many. I will perhaps try to Portfolio dress this summer. The zipper insertion was a huge success (cheering). A little embarrassed to say but I made this for a homeschooling visit to here to see among other things, the ‘Mekko exhibit (more cheering).
I have added more photos to my flckr stream for other finished tidbits. It all seems like so long ago that I made them (in reality-a few months). There is a trouser pattern odyssey I have begun as well as an Alabama Chanin evolution. I am a little scared of all that hand sewing but have managed a bit.