How others see my dress
How I see my dress
Remember the Chiquita Banana lady?
This dress ended up being kinda cute, but the fabric sure was a pain. It is a woven cotton with a sheen on one side. The weave is looser so it slips around easily and getting a straight edge was near impossible. It also did not press well at all.
This is the last time I try to use up fabric that just wasn’t all that when it arrived from an online purchase. It just wasn’t worth it!
This is an OOP pattern and there is a good reason for that – the neckline was very difficult to apply.
I like yellow and wear it just fine, but this was an extreme color of yellow and I wasn’t sure I wanted that right next to my face. So I had this brilliant idea to put lace over the fabric on the yoke. Well, the only lace I could find in my stash was a stretch lace.
Can you see the bad decisions/mistakes piling up?!?
For the yoke, I carefully pinned the lace to the slippery fabric and sewed around the edges to hold it in place. Next step: rip one side where the lace stretched going around the curve. Sew again. Rip another side. Sew again. Ok. It’s good enough.
Baste. Check. Sew.
Each straight seam on the yoke was done in this manner.
Have I mentioned this simple looking dress took about 12 hours to cut and sew?
Also, I cut a size 16 based on the measurements. Seems to fit my size 8-10 body just fine.
I originally cut the ¾ sleeves, but after one try on, it looked too dowdy. Chop went the length and it suits the overall carefree look much better.
And the pocket…
I came upon the idea of using heat-n-bond cut in ½” strips to fold in the edges of the pocket so they would stay straight. I used the same idea for the hem. I placed & ironed the strips in the fold of the hem, and then hand hemmed the ¼” turn under for a neat look. Is that clear as mud?
I am so glad to have this in my closet – finished. I knew if I set it down it would never again get picked up.
Sure hope I enjoy wearing it more than sewing it.
Happy creating everyone!