Fabric: Cotton Gauze $3 a yard (3 yards)
White Cotton lining ($1 a yard) (3 yards)
Patterns: Amy Butler Cabo Halter (from stash)
New Look 6774 ($ 5 on sale!!!)
Notions: 14 inch invisible zipper ($1) Hook and eye
Time to complete: lost track (but once the top part was decided like 3 hours!)
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Hells to the yeah!
Total Cost: $7
So . . . I have been seeeewwww behind. Not that I haven’t been sewing. Quite the opposite. But have I posted about it? Ummm . .. that’s another story. So, this is my first official post back and will post pictures of embellishment, Ascot races, red white and blue, pillow cases and ultimate summer dress. I will. Promise. Speaking of the Ultimate summer dress . . . Well, that became my UFO for this week. When that challenge came round I jumped on it! I loooove summer and summer dresses! I don't typically wear shorts but flowy dresses, oh yeah! I had ambitions of silk and breezy flowy fabric and oceans and and mojitos and . . . MAXI DRESSES!!!!! I took some inspiration from Anthropologie and net-a-porter and several vintage 70's patterns floating out there on the interwebs. (Tons of information out people, but I digress)
I finally settled on some white gauze I found on sale at the Hancock. Fun, flowy and would be cool on those humid Chicago days. Has anyone every sewn with gauze? Well it stretches a bit. It stretches when you cut it. It pulls when you sew it. It stretches when you coax it into a happy sewable place. Did I mention that it stretches? Not huge obstacles, but noteworthy.
I found a New Look pattern similar to what I wanted but wasn't sold on any of the bodice choices. So for the first go (I say first cause there were several) I used a triangle type top from a nightie I liked. The result was a little too va va voom. Nothing wrong with va va voom but didn't want to worry about said va va voom going va va everywhere every time I wore my ultimate summer dress. So I scrapped it. 2nd try. Let's give the actual pattern a whirl. (this is when i should have listened to my inner sew goddess whisperings and do a mock up. oh well. . .) This went together fairly smoothly. There was some language in the instructions where i was like Whaaat??? Do that now? That makes no sense. Always listen to your inner sew goddess!!! The result on this go round was waaay off. Even though I took the bodice pattern from my bust measurement it was waaaay too big everywhere and honestly I wasn't crazy on the bodice top pattern anyway. This too was scraped. Argh! My ultimate summer dress went into a pile.
Enter the UFO 2 challenge! Yay!!!!! I finally was going to conquer this dress. I loved the material even with the stretch factor and dag nab it, I wanted to finish my maxi dress. But what kind of top??? I suddenly remembered I had the cabo halter pattern in my stash. I am a huge fan of the halter and apparently was a common factor in my 70's maxi dress research. I decided to give that a whirl. This time I did a muslin of the whole damn thing (that went together in like 1 hour and a half ) and decided this was it. Added
bonus: the notches and side seams matched the skirt notches and side seams. Hmmm . . . Kismet? maybe? I kept the gathering on the skirt portion and did a small SBA adjustment on the cabo halter and quickly while I still had steam cut out another top from left over portions of scraped bodice versions. I put it all together, installed the invisible zipper (with matching seams!!! Thanks Angela Kane!) and held my breath while I put it on. IT FIT!!!! Yay!!!!!! Whew!!! But Yay!!!! I think I might even wear it today to a beach party!!!! There's my summer talking!!!! Another yay!!!!
My biggest lesson here?? ALWAYS do a muslin mock up! Do not skip this step. At least with me. A muslin mock up will save you hours of seam rippage, headache, and frustration. Just do it! Make it part of the lesson.
And . . . listen to your inner sewing goddess. Things alot better when you do! Happy Fourth everyone and happy sewing bliss.