A Sheepish Return

Well… my adventure into blogging didn’t have much staying power, huh? I feel bad about the hiatus, but I didn’t want to post again without pictures to make things pretty, and I kept not getting pictures of me in things! So I’ve finally given up and photographed things on a hanger. Sigh. You win some, you lose some.

Anyway! Here’s the long-promised pictures of that shift dress!

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Here’s that pesky but oh-so-cute organza collar:

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And the lovely lime green zipper:

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You can also juuuust see the messy extra stitching from where I machine-stitched the facing along the zipper instead of hand-stitching it invisibly like a good sewer – but I like to think the lime green distracts from that. I do love a good colorful zipper. Altogether, I like to think this is something Oonaballoona would wear if she were in a 60s mood. I pretty much want to be Oona, y’all, it’s becoming a little bit of a problem and has resulted in some seriously colorful sewing projects this summer!

I’ll be getting my rear in gear soon to put up some of the other dresses I’ve made during my haitus (at least one reaching even greater levels of high-intensity color!), but to tide people over I’m going to post – this!

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Two things:

  1. I love this fabric so much it hurts (red tag sale at Joann Fabrics, and you bet your ass I bought all they had)
  2. I may have found a favorite blouse pattern.

This is McCall’s M7127, view A. I scooped it up during a 99-cent McCall’s sale at Joann’s, and at the rate I’m going I think I would have gotten my money’s worth even if I’d paid full price. I’ve already made two, with plans for as many more as it takes to allow me to wear one every day. (I’m only kind of kidding.) I made my first one up out of a remnant I had lying around, a scant 7/8 yard of a stable knit, which is the kind of fabric the pattern is designed for. I was planning it as a wearable muslin, just to see if I liked the fit and the pattern in general, so I didn’t do any hemming – which meant that from cutting to the final finishing, it took me maybe an hour and fifteen minutes. Instant gratification is my jam! I slipped it on and fell in love. It’s a simple silhouette that I’d been worried would be too loose, but the fit was just right at a straight size 16, and as I expected the low back was exactly where I wanted it. It hung well, but there was still a decent amount of ease, and I got to wondering: would it work with a drapey woven fabric?

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A shot of the back – I promise it looks better on!

The answer is yes. This is what I think would be classified as a voile, very drapey and thin but not too slippery, and with absolutely no stretch whatsoever. I stuck with the size 16 and crossed my fingers, and luckily I was right – there’s enough ease built into the pattern to allow a comfortable fit without stretch fabric. The fit once it’s on is closer than with the knit, which I actually like for a slightly more dressy look.

The construction was slower with this one than my knit version (I promise I’ll put pics of that up later (we’ve heard THAT song before…)) because I actually had to follow the pattern and hem the whole thing. Holy rolled hems, Batman! Even so, I think in total I only spent about two and a half hours from cutting to finishing, and I used a bright turquoise blue thread for contrast to keep myself interested and provide that pop of color I like to put into my projects. A very fun, simple make, and a finished product I know I will wear the bejeezus out of – I already have plans to wear it to a casual dinner party tonight! As for the future, I know I will be making more of these, probably to the detriment of my wallet. I made the mistake of clicking a link in one of Closet Case Files‘ posts, and it led me to Art Gallery Fabrics. Y’all. Their fabrics are SO PRETTY! And they have an amazing selection of patterned knits (I am in particular danger of succumbing to this one and this one). They don’t sell directly from their website, but they do have a locator for stores and online retailers that carry their fabrics – the best price I found online was at Hawthorne Threads, who have all their Art Gallery stock arranged by designer and collection, which I thought was a nice touch.

Coming next time: dresses!

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