We went to a wedding at the weekend. An awesome wedding full of love, dancing and laughter. The ceremony was held outside under the trees at Yarra Bend park and of course a new dress was in order. I had a maxi silk Anna planned but Melbourne, being Melbourne decided to deliver some decidedly un Spring-like weather, with temps hovering at around 16C and light drizzle. So, instead it had to be a dress that could be worn with tights and a jacket but still wedding-y. And be something that I could move in for the flash mob dance routine at the reception. Hell yeah.
I settled on Simplicity
2444 but this time in a stripy Ponte. I've made this
pattern once before for the Eiffel
Tower party dress so I knew the fit was good but I wanted to go shorter so
I took 5 inches off the length and did a 2 inch hem - so that I can
let it down again if I want to wear this dress for work. I wasn't sure
how the stripes would work on the skirt (as it cut on a curve). I did
contemplate making it just a pleated rectangle but decided to go with
the pattern, although I did cut the CF on the fold, allowing for seam
allowances instead of cutting two separate pieces. I made an
effort to keep the black stripes at the waist but there is still some funky
stuff going on there. Hopefully in a good way though.
Talking stripes - this is the most stripe matching that I've ever done in a
garment and it went OK. I used my walking foot this time and they are
mostly aligned. Practice makes perfect though. Good job as and I've got
another striped Mandy tee cut out and ready to go...
I'm becoming less and less keen on facings and was just about to
add a lining but had a head slapping 'doh' moment when I realised that the only
lining I had was non-stretch which kind of defeated the point of making a Ponte
dress. Instead the neck and armholes are finished with bias tape, hand
stitched on the inside. I hand stitched the hem too when I realised
that I couldn't possibly match the thread because of the stripes. Ah well, I
actually don't mind hand sewing. It's kind of relaxing.
darling's tutorial. Why didn't I think of using the overlocker for bunting
Simplicity 2444: Size 10, shortened, pattern used before = free
Fabric: 2m of Ponte from Spotlight $4 (scored for $2/m in the Brunswick
closing down sale)
Thread and zip from op-shop stash 20c
Total = $4.20 The wardrobe of bargain dresses continues....