Thank you so much to every one who left such wonderful comments on my vintage pattern dress. Commentor Jeanettec said she was off to find that very pattern. I highly recommend it and want to remake soon with a modern twist.
Right now I am working on a few other projects and getting ready for some intensive sewing fun. I am going to have a sewing student, Karen of Did you make that? She is traveling to California for a vacation and before she heads off on her journey through the Golden West she will be spending a week, as she puts it “under my tutelage”. That sounds a bit formal, doesn’t it? Yes, we will get to details of collar construction and organza interfacing, but the thought of hours of sewing talk with a fellow enthusiast is quite exciting. I have not inquired but I hope she is a Downton Abbey fan so I can hear all about it from the British point of view. I am looking forward to having a student who is miles past beginner level so we can delve into lots of fun yet tricky details.
We will need a break from all that concentration so how about joining us for a drink and a chat in San Francisco on the evening of Wednesday May 9? Probably around 6 pm and if you have a suggestion of a good spot let me know. Please leave a comment or e-mail me if you are interested and I will let you know the final details.
The recent Pattern Review challenges have given me a creative kick lately. I finished the Vintage challenge and jumped right in to the next one, the Ready-To-Wear challenge. I actually don’t pay that much attention to ready-to-wear, in terms of sewing things for myself as I prefer to find a fabric and then decide what to make in that order. Lately I have been crazy for the clothing line, Milly. Lots of great color, interesting fabric combos and nice details, and perfect for recreation at a tiny fraction of their prices (around $ 400). And in particular this dress.
So here is my version, in rayon ponte knit. My dress has multiple darts to give it waist shaping, I think theirs probably has just single darts, but I used an old pattern that I have been wanting to revive which worked very well for a fitted silhouette. This is definitely a dress that looks better as worn than on the dress form so I will try to get some photos today.
I did take some photos during construction so if you are interested in how I created the color block pattern pieces I will show that in my next post.
Edit for 4/30/12: here it is on me, without belt, which I think looks better in this knit fabric.
Today we have lovely sunshine so it is time for a bit of work outside, those oranges don't pick themselves!
Happy weekend sewing, Beth