29 May 2012

Dear Delta Airlines...

When experiencing turbulence at 40,000 feet, it is a little disheartening (and creepy) to hear "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" on the plane's music shuffle.  Please remove.



08 May 2012

Thank You & S2473 Update

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere thanks to all who take the time to read and comment on my blog.  Although I may not address each comment individually, please know that I read (some times twice!) and appreciate them all! 

I am forging ahead with my dressapalooza and Simplicity 2473.  I cut out the pieces a couple of weeks ago and finally started working on it more recently.  Honestly, I could have gotten much further were it not for the myriad of mistakes.

When I made the FBA, I altered the front midriff band to match the width added on the bodice but I somehow neglected to add the width to the skirt.  I don't know why I didn't catch this in the muslin stage, though I think I may have done something different.  I am usually pretty good about writing down changes I made, but I guess I didn't this time.  Needless to say, it took some finagling to get the bodice to fit the skirt front. 
Assembling the skirt back was a pain in the @ss.  In the flared skirt version, the side back pieces look EXACTLY like the center back pieces - notches and all.   My saving grace?  I added an extra 1/2" of ease on the side seam for fit.  It took me no less than 30 swears minutes to figure out how to match the pieces.

Was that the end of the mistakes?  Nah...of course not!

Since I'm not following the instructions, I missed the part about interfacing the midriff band.  Of course this revelation came *after* I had completely assembled and serged the front and back.  Thankfully I had yet to put in the zipper.  I could have cut the interfacing without seam allowances and fused it to the already-assembled dress.  But I didn't.  Instead, I carefully picked apart each piece, applied the interfacing, and re-assembled the complete front and back.

Incidentally, Simplicity instructs you to completely sew the bodice, skirt, and then attach at the waist.  I prefer to sew the front and back in its entirety then, lastly, baste the side seams for fit.  This just makes more sense to me.

Hopefully I've gotten all of the mistakes out of my system for this dress.  I've cut out the lining pieces and started its assembly.  I also created interfacing patterns for the lining.  Instead of using facings, I fuse interfacing directly to the lining in high-stress areas.  I got this tip from a lady at Haberman Fabrics a couple of years ago.  I tried it on a lined, silk-cotton satin dress that I made (not blogged) two years ago.  The tip worked quite well.

That's all for now.  Be well everyone!


01 May 2012

The Kool-Aid Dress (Oh Yeah!)

My guy friend thinks I have a big head.  This isn't a commentary on arrogance or ego, but of literal cranial size.  I showed him a picture of me from two years and fifteen pounds ago and since then, he's been relentless with the jokes.  That's okay, though.  Do I tease him about the dust storms created by his ashy knees?  Yes. Yes I do.  Hah! 

Anyway, "Ash Gordon" has officially nicknamed me Kool-Aid based on his perceived notion about the size of my head.  Because I can take a joke, I decided to play it up and make a red version of Vogue 1250.

Fabric & Notions:
  • 2 yards of red ponte knit

This version doesn't fit the same as the first and I think it has to do with the fabric.  Version 1 was made of a rayon-poly-lycra that had more rayon than polyester.  This version is a 58-40-2 polyester-rayon-spandex blend.  The stretch doesn't appear as great and the fabric seems stiffer.  Version 1 definitely doesn't have all of the front wrinkles. 

I removed an inch across the back to raise the waist seam and eliminate some of the pooling at the center back.

I must have added some length to the hem in version 1 because this version is an inch shorter than the first and it's not even hemmed!  I don't think I'm going to hem it either because there's just not enough allowance and I don't want the dress to be too short.

I sewed this on my sewing machine and serger.  Again, the serger did not like sewing with ponte.  Even though my serger gives me fits from time to time, I am thinking that ponte just isn't made for this machine.  Does anyone else have problems serging ponte or other types of double knits?

This pattern is quick to make and is a great choice if you need a cute dress in a flash.  It only has two pattern pieces (three if you count the neck facing, which is totally unnecessary).  It doesn't require a lot of fabric and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

The dressapalooza is still in full effect.  Currently, I am working on Simplicity 2473, Vogue 1220, and Butterick 5490 in some way or another.  Right now, my equipment is set up for the Vogue dress and I should have that completed soon.  More later!



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