oona does it!: wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee
last week on my blog, i lamented my lack of solid black and solid white (let's be real, solid anything). i had ideas for not one, not two, but THREE oona does it! requests, and they all required more class than is in my stash. are y'all trying to tell me something?
as i sorted through the maze of colors and prints, i mused that my closet looked like a summer carnival. shannon commented:
It sounds like you need to make a dress fit for a carnival. Inspired by a farriswheel:)
Sounds like a good idea for a Sew Weekly challenge Oona!
not having direct access to a ferris wheel, i thought i'd show you the carnival of stash instead.
i love the ferris wheel! i am also terrified of it! there's something so excruciating about moving slooooooow and easy up to the very top and back down again… makes my stomach do flip flops. and i'm married to a boy who insists on rocking the car back and forth right as you go over that bit at the top of the wheel, the part that makes you feel like you're no longer on a ride; you're just on an unattached bench about to fall to your death. this cotton zigzag vertigo fabric fit that flip flop feeling for me.
when we look back on the summer of 2011, might we decree it the Summer Of Sorbetto? i'm sure some other important stuff will have happened too, but really, nothing as earth shattering as this awesome li'l pattern. turning to sarai's freebie for the third time, i decided to morph it into a dress, but with a more exaggerated a-line, omitting the pleat, and raising the waistline to make a bell shape. so i slashed and spread the pattern (i love saying that) and then decided it would be even cooler if i sliced it through at the waist and had separate bodice pieces, with some funky trim to join at the waistline, and oooh yeah dissect the back skirt to add an exposed zipper….
and then i decided to match up the zigzags. a la chevron. would this still be called a chevron? je ne sais pas. whatever you call it, it gave me a hell of a fight. my first bout with matching stripes turned my head dizzier than any carny ride. it did not help that i cut the bias bodice pieces on a fold, thinking i'd use the crease as the cut line for center back and front. that, my knowledgeable friends, gives you two halves with lines that line up. non chevron.
but let me tell you right now: I AM THE MARIE CURIE OF MESSING UP A PATTERN. there are only happy accidents! i exhaled over my faux pas, set my chin, and matched one half of the front to one half of the back bodice, playing with them until the zigzags matched. then i drew new cut lines until i had my chevroned bodice pieces, losing about 2-3 inches off the waist, neckline and side seams. so, i added some vintage lace to the center lines to make up for the lost inches– essentially, i put the pleat back in.
in a rare occurrence of matching, i chose a pale pink exposed zip to match the pink zig zag. how very conservative of me.
what ride will you take me on next? step right up! prepare to be amazed as i use something other than le sorbetto!