…I joined The Monthly Stitch a few months ago as usual, I planned various projects, I even started the Advance blouse I had planned, for vintage month:
Of course this is still sitting on my sewing table, unmade, and partially cut.
For Frocktober, I actually finished a project, which was a dress for my daughter’s formal dance on Halloween, but when I went to write a post right on the 31st, I could not for the life of me find out how to do it. I have now found out how to post so here’s the dress.
Planning the Dress
Anyway, for my one and only Frocktober Frock, my daughter wanted a shortish dress, this was her first choice:
However, when we went to Spotlight they did not have this pattern in stock! Very disappointed, we had another look, and I figured we could hack one out of this pattern, which had similar pleats at the front and similar lines.
She had a very definite idea of what she wanted, but the fabric was nowhere to be found, unless we went $45+ per meter. Instead she found a gold foil coated denim?? This fabric was very hard to iron, so I did not get nice flat seams at all, and you have to be careful that you don’t melt the foil coating. I also didn’t prewash the fabric, mainly because we didn’t know whether the foil would get ruined in the washing machine, also because we started 3 days before the formal 🙂
So this is what it turned out like:
And this is my baby in her dress, along with a few ghouls and gremlins:
Making the Dress
- So I used Simplicity 4070 .
- I made a muslin or two, the first one was just the straight size 18 bust and size 20 plus a little bit hips, however it was miles too big, not sure what I do wrong when I measure, but there you go.
- So I read every book I have on pattern manipulation and settled on the Vogue sewing book.
- For muslin no. 2 I raised the bust, did a small bust correction and took the sides in, redrafted then cut out again, this time it was better, but I cut it out and hoped for the best. Now the actual denim was a bit stiffer than the calico I used, so it didn’t go too well.
- On the actual garment, I then had to take more fabric from under the bust area, as there was too much fullness there.
- We added the belt, she didn’t want it initially, but the dress looked wrong so we went with belt, and she loved it!
- I hand sewed the hem and handpicked the zip, which I thought turned out well, I didn’t want the solid line, and the stitching seemed to fade into the fabric, so I was happy 🙂
- If I was to do this again, I’ll probably go with the 14/16 size at the muslin stage, I think I need some new tape measures.
Well that’s it, she felt beautiful, she looked beautiful, which is all that matters, so I’m one happy mum!