Sunday, September 20, 2009

If at first you don't succeed... try, try again... (OR!... scrap it and do something else!)

Which ever!!

I, for one, ended up doing both...

I really loved this Weekend Designer Column dress How-to.So, I kept adjusting the pattern till it would work for me.

Finally I got it. I was doing pretty good until I, over zealously, took in some excess fab on the side seams. I, apparently, needed that fabric, else the back zipper buckled!

And the straps.... )))Grrrrrr(((.

By pure happenstance, as I was trying to fit it again, I pulled the dress on backwards, to get the zipper up...(((eyeroll))).... I had the straps wrapped around the bodice and when I turned it around again, Whomp!
Momma likes!!

Since I didn't need as deep a pleat anymore, because the straps covered so much, I took back some of the room I needed.I even added pockets. I put them a little low on the hip... not necessarily intentionally low... but I think it works.

The pattern also called for a self-fabric lining. Since I was using a linen, I decided to use some light weight jersey I had in the stash to make it instead... it was a new concept for me. I liked the result.
... like Slick Rick said at the beginning of 'Children's Story', "HHeeerrrreeee We GO!"

Now, is it just me or does anyone else get the overwhelming urge to get up and make something after watching Project Runway?

This week was no different... I set out to make this M5754 top from McCall's.
(I poo-pooed the sleeves and chose jersey instead of a woven for the bottom.)

Unfortunately, the allover stretch lace I was planning on using was not a color match for either of the black matte jerseys I had on hand.

But, while I was rummaging through my stash, I came across several trim laces I'd forgotten I had.

My first thought was to piece the lace together and then cut the pattern piece. But then I'd lose the scalloped edges.... blah blah blah.

Anyway, while I was holding up the different lace choices to see which pattern I liked best, I thought, 'hey!' what about a sleeveless tube?

I ended up using the bottom pattern pieces (view C), since it was already the proportion/shape I like.

All it needed was a row of lace across the top and Whomp Whomp!!
(Front detail)(Back detail)

I liked that tricot shelf bra idea so much, I added it to this top too. But instead of making one from scratch, I used a mini-tube cami-ette I got from work.

I'm going on a cruise to the Bahamas at the beginning of next month and I can't wait to rock BOTH of these!


Totally off sub.... has anybody ELSE chosen Kathy the California Cow?... L.O.V.E. her song.... "...C to the A to the L - afornnnnnyyyaaaaa!!"


Anonymous said...

LOVE the first dress. Very chic. I am very impressed with your drafting skills. Have fun on vacation!

marLou said...

Love the weekend designer dress. Reminds of McCall's 5654 which I just passed up buying for 99 cents at Hancock Fabrics over the weekend. But now that I saw your post, I wish I got it. Can't wait to see your version. The other dresses are so lovely!!!!!!!!!!!

toya said...

well i think this dress looks great on you, love your hair too

Adrienne said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress!!

Susan said...

Love that dress. A success for sure!