After finishing the Karlene blouse
I am in a crafting slump: I jump uninspired from one knitting project
to the next, only knitting a few stitches, I decided on a new summer
dress to sew but stopped mid tracing only to start a different sewing
project (copying an existing dress, did not work out, looks like sh**).
Now I am at crossroads, should I show you some projects I finished weeks
ago but never let you know, or should I show you the jumbled mess of
Knowing me the answer is clear: mess it is :-DDD
Let’s start with the sewing. Some weeks ago, I lamented about the
extreme hot weather and while sweating profoundly decided I need an airy
new summer dress. Exactly at the right moment the new summer edition of
fibremood was published (hey there! Fibremood, I am again promoting
you; don’t you want to pay me? PEAAAAASEEEE? :-DDD) and the right dress
instantly found: Colette. (Writing down gives me goose bumps, I fear women’s names in sewing are my real nemesis, not woven fabric)
Colette is a long and wide dress with spaghetti straps, a fake buttonband and french seams, made of – ahhhh yes… WOVEN FABRIC. All designer elements I have never tried out before, so I decided to persuade Silvi (who also has never done this) into sewing the dress together with me… I thought it would be much more fun if two people despair over a pattern. Maybe I am not a good friend…
The first step into the sewing journey is the nicest one in my view; visiting the fabric store.
We prepared with sunscreen, water and cool packs (remember, weeks ago,
hot weather) to walk appr. 200 m to the fabric shop. Here we donned the
obligatory face mask and dived into the wonderland of pattern and color.
Only to emerge more than an hour later very annoyed and even sweatier.
The shop seemed to be in silly season design-wise. Most fabrics had such
strange patterns and colors that they provoked migraines by looking at
them. But even more annoying was the fact that all fabrics we found
acceptable were see through.
Last resort was a muslin in dark colors and with dots. Not very
cheery or arty, more a practical solution. Silvi was the lucky finder
and opted for a moss green, I took the lovely black :-DDD.
Unsatisfied with this fabric found I searched a bit more and I imagined,
I could copy the dress I love wearing (a kind of skater dress in a
sturdy jersey, you can see it on a later photo). Steeled with this
excuse, I bought some more fabric, in… lovely black. But this time a
jersey fabric :-DD
Back at Silvis studio we started to trace the pattern only to realize
that the sizes are not corresponding with our measurements (as always).
We both opted for the bigger size, because you know, making something
big smaller is definitely easier than the other way around.
Because of the weather or general injustice, my head was pounding, and I
only took photos while Silvi worked on the dress pattern. Mine is still
only ¾ traced and waits in a dark folder beneath my sofa until I
finally decide to finish it.
But instead I started a new project (believe me I cringe inwardly
while writing this!!!) the copy-cat dress. Should be easy I thought. I
have made several dresses with stretch fabric. Stretch fabric is my
friend. Easy. EASY!!!!! I took the still sweaty dress from wearing it in
the garden (it is already next day, headache was better – info is just
for your orientation) fetched some transparent paper and tried to copy
the seams. Still (half) clever I also fetched an existing dress pattern I
already had made once and compared it with the thing I had sketched. I
added the bust darts from the bought pattern and adjusted the armholes a
bit, as I remember them to be on the smaller side. Next clever move was
to cut this self drafted pattern not from the new jersey fabric but
make it out of discarded old men’s shirts.
Shall I say more? It does not fit. Shoulders are to wide, the
back-neckline gaping (not on the photo), the bust darts too low, the
waist too wide. Hurray what a success. And I look so lovely on this
photo 🤢🤮🤢. But I am persistent. I pulled the beast over my head and
tried to incorporate all my adjustments. Sadly, I only afterwards
thought about it, that they will add up, meaning: By manipulating the
armhole height and the bust darts in one go, the latter now sat beneath
my armpits. And as I made the waist, the back and the shoulders smaller,
I looked as if I should turn green and explode out of this second
version of the dress’es body (Hulk allusion, you know) I effaced myself
from taking another photo although this could have been my great
breakthrough as a comedian….
But, dear needleworkers, persistence. I made a third version. From a
new shirt. And with a new pattern. But, as I told you at the beginning
the force slump is strong in this one, the cut-out parts are
strewn over the carpet of my study and I still have no idea if this will
fit in any way.
I wish you all wonderful summer (or other) holidays (or workdays)…:-DDD I will be back in roughly 3 weeks. Love you all.