Monday, December 12, 2011

New dress for MEEEEE!!!!!

When people know that you sew, they give you stuff. The fabric for this dress came from my very lovely Mother In Law (and I'm not just sucking up because I'm going to tell her about this post - she really is fantastic!). She had been given it to find it and some of it's mates a good home. And I took one look at this (70's ?) scenery print on something completely devoid of natural fibre and it screamed MAKE ME INTO BURDA 10/09 #119! (Many many thanks to Sewingelle for pointing out the Burda archives!). So I did.

My trusty assistant overseeing proceedings.

I am really pleased with how this turned out, with the possible exception of where the pleats are released. The fabric is very thin and both it's lack of body and tendency to be see through led me to underline it (in the ubiquitous red lining - the dress looks gold when light shines through it!) and while that is perfect for the rest of the dress it makes the area below the pleats a bit poofy. I am trying to decide whether or not I care. Edgestitching the pleats would flatten them, but I don't want to do that. I also don't want to sharply press them, so I'm wearing it today to see what I think. So far, not bothered.

In addition to underlining it I added 4cm to the length (I hate my knees) and scooped out a chunk of neckline as I'm not a fan of a high neckline on myself. Other than that, straight from the pattern.

So once again a project which wasn't even on the horizon a short time ago is made and being worn. I suspect I have sewing ADD.


  1. Really nice Judy! I love the print, and it's colours - lucky you!

  2. Ooh that's lovely on you. Your assistant looks like he's having fun there!

  3. It does look great on you. Love your little guy's cheeky grin.

  4. I love how you have altered this dress - it's a lovely pattern and grooovey fabric, by the way, have you seen this post?

    there's something I think you might recognise there..

  5. I think you just know how to quickly act on inspiration before it dries up and becomes procrastination. Good on you!
    It's nice to see an advent calendar and a sleeveless dress together. Down Under! Here I am with chilly feet in rainy weather (not snow).

    The pleat release point looks perfect to me--what gives? The length on you looks perfect too, and the whole silhouette like you've been inspired by Mad Men. I don't like showing my knees either.