Today I am as giddy as a box of frogs. Why, you may ask? Well I shall share with you the reason why. It all began with the purchase of Sew magazine back in May this year, which included a free pattern (yet another freebie for me!) I haven’t bought a pattern in what seems like ages. Anyway, the pattern is Simplicity K1913, I made the dress out of (what I would describe as maroon) linen, from Abakhan Fabrics in Manchester, I have taken quite a liking to linen this year, last year I had my phase of loving any fabric with a stretch, this summer it most definitely is linen. So easy to sew even with a tendency to fray, my overlocker loves it and it doesn’t pull or snag easily, I think its fab.
The biggest achievement on this particular creation for me is the variation; I have mixed and matched the 4 different dresses and I have also added my own changes (check me out!) The construction began with the bodice, sewing the princess seams, side, shoulder and back seams, the pattern then called for the bodice to be lined (my first change), I decided to fully line the dress rather than just the top half to enhance the the style. This meant I continued with the construction of the dress before I lined it. On with change number 2, I had already decided on the straight skirt but preferred darts and pleats rather then the gathered waist. With ruler and tailors chalk to the ready, some careful measuring and marking was in order. To my relief, once pleats and darts were in place the skirt fitted perfectly to the bodice, the darts in the skirt back match the back seams of the bodice (fluffs feathers and prances around the room like a peacock).
Once the skirt was safely attached to the top half, I moved on to the collar, time for change number 3. The pattern called for the collar to be sewn on to the front of the dress; I chose to sew it to the neck edge where the lining was inserted. What followed stopped me in my tracks (although through no fault of my own, just pure ignorance), let’s just say I had to buy another concealed zipper foot, I will share the story of that little ditty in another post. Whilst waiting for my new foot I added the extra details, change number 3, the six buttons along with the tab instead of the suggested tie belt. Once the zip was inserted in the back (the easiest concealed zip I have ever put in I might add), I added the label, created the vent and hemmed the skirt, all done and dusted in just over a week.
I am so pleased with this dress for so many reasons, it actually worked without the usual hiccups and head scratching moments, it looks so retro and most of all it is partly my design. I did have another variation in mind (or rather my husband did) but by the time “we” decided on it it was too late to go back, make way for my next creation………….