As a sewist, is there a greater pleasure than realising the perfect combination of fabric and pattern to perfectly recreate one’s vision in the real world? (the answer is no, there is not). So you may imagine just how pleased I am to be sharing this shining example with you all today!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’d have seen me post about this fabric a few months ago – I came across it at the market, a piece about 1.6 by 1.7 metres of watermelon pink wool. I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but it had a beautiful tiny scalloped edge along the selvedges. I fell in love with the colour as soon as I saw it, but I knew I’d have to search out a pattern that would work with the extremely limited amount of fabric I had. I would have loved to have made a coat, but there was no way that I could have managed it with this scant piece. But I thought that this material would also make a stunning sixties-style fitted dress. I knew therefore I was looking for a retro/vintage style dress pattern which was fitted, had short sleeves (due to limited fabric), and with a feature collar for interest – aaaaand that would fit on my little piece of lovely wool. Fortunately after browsing through The Fold Line, I turned up New Look 6000, which I then scooped up in a Spotlight sale!
I decided to fully line the dress instead of using the facing pieces – I didn’t think wearing an unlined fitted wool dress would be very comfortable :p So I bought two metres of watermelon acetate lining (also from Spotlight, of course). I cut a size 10 for the shoulders and graded up to a 12 over the bust, then down to an 8 over the waist and hips. I decided to cut out the wool using my pinking shears, so the edges would already be finished when I put them together. The lining pieces were finished with the overlocker pre-assembly. Construction went pretty smoothly: I sewed up the lining first so I could check the fit of the dress – which was spot on! Working with the wool was divine – don’t you love a beautiful malleable fabric that sews like butter and presses like a dream? The outer and lining are attached at the neckline; the lining was then hand-sewn to the zipper and at the sleeve seams so all the seams are concealed.
I’m so thrilled with how this dress turned out (as you may have guessed)! The fit is sensational (if I do say so myself), and I think this number would be Elle Woods approved 😉
It’s always a thrill when a project turns out just how you imagined it! I’ve already worn it out (again, check out Insta!), and can’t wait to wear it out on placement soon 🙂
Anyone else had a project turn out wildly successfully lately?
Until next time,