This dress was finished two weeks' ago, but I'm only getting around to blogging it now due to all the work I was getting done in my house that I mentioned in my last post. The work is finished, and is lovely; but, oh my goodness, the mess was unbelievable! I feel like all I've done this week is clean! I had the presence of mind to cut out two jersey tops, Bronte and Agnes, and have been working on them on and off. They got finished yesterday, and you can see them on Instagram here and here.
Anyway, back to the dress. I have to talk about the fabric first, because I love it. It's from My Fabrics and is called Bi-Stretch Gabardine. As it's name suggests, it's gabardine with a bit of stretch because it has some spandex in it. It's lovely to work with, and also to wear. This colour is called purple, but is definitely more blue. I also have it in a rust red shade, and I think I'll make a long sleeve Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress with it.
I drafted this from my block, and it was inspired by a dress I saw in the internet (which I can't get a link to work to!). I loved the collar, and the shape of the dress, but it had princess seams, and I wanted to experiment with gathers under the bust. Also, I loved that it was a bit Wednesday Addams/Magenta from The Rocky Horror Show, hence the name that my sister came up with last night.
The back has darts, and there are shoulder darts underneath the back of the collar.
I think my favourite thing about this dress is the sleeves, because they turned out exactly how they were in my head.
I slashed and spread the sleeve head to make the puffy sleeve head, and also slashed and spread the main part of the sleeve to widen it. Here's what my sleeve pattern piece looks like, complete with idiot guide instructions for my future self!
The elasticated cuff is created using a 1 1/4 inch hem. I pressed it up, then turned it in on itself and sewed it, leaving a gap for the elastic. I was trying to work out how to best do this, and remembered that that is how the sleeves are finished on Megan Nielsen's Darling Ranges dress, so I just copied the instructions off it.
The collar was made from some white peachskin fabric from Minerva Crafts. I didn't do a great job on pressing the seams, but the fabric was a bit tricky to work with, I can live with it though. I think a point presser/clapper would have helped because it was tricky to get the iron into the ends of the seam, so I may have to ask Santa for one.
The neck is faced with some white bias tape. I thought it would be less bulky than a facing, and the white tape works well with the white collar.
I flipping love this dress, (as you can probably tell!) and am already planning a sleeveless pinafore version.
Have a great week,