Jewel of the Nile | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Some sort of silk, a gift from Husbie, free & remnant cotton for lining.
Pattern: Very Easy Very Vogue, 7796
Notions: vintage zipper, 20c
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes, after a little neckline fix up
Total Cost: ~$0.20c
Part of my Sew Weekly committment this year (to myself) is to sew with my stash, or as Zoe calls it Stash Busting, which makes me feel like a Super Hero! Most of my weekly creations have been from the stash, no worries, so I'm making a dint. BUT, there's a bundle of fabric that have now been pushed into that old 'Too Hard' Basket, or the 'When I Find the Right Pattern' Shelf, or 'This Vintage Floral is Just For Me to Cuddle Occassionally', so my stash has VIP membership for sure!
Why was this lovely 'jewelled' silk in the VIP area? Husbie gave this to me after I became serious about sewing (after I'd made a dress or two) and he bought it with a friend somewhere in Melbourne. Black is my favourite background colour, and I seriously loved the dragonfly jewels, but it's SILK. And so it lived in the 'Too Hard' Basket and the 'What Do You Make Outta Silk' shelf of my VIP stash section. Very elite! Mum calls the dragonflies jewels, because they glimmer and have a sheen at different angles, and we decided it's silk because it frays easy. Why am I scared of silk? I'm a self taught seamstress who mostly uses cotton bed linen. Anything else is scary!
So I made 1 good decision and 1 bad decision this week. The good one was to go headstrong yelling "Gung Ho" into making this dress, and the bad one? Not making a toile/muslin to get the fit. But when do I ever make a toile/muslin?
The Very Easy Very Vogue 1990s pattern has princess seams, and I chose it thinking it would be easier to tweak if the fit wasn't so good, and it wasn't so bad to get the right fit around my middle, BUT you'll see the problem:
It's just so gapey in the front. I feel the fabric may have moved (it's super slippery to cut) from the pattern piece but it may be my itty bitty shoulders and my petite torso. I resized the waist and the length out of habit for my sizing, but didn't think the neckline would be so broad. Next time, I'll use the smaller sizing. After my Oolong last week however, I think I can gather and pin the neckline and it'll become a sweetheart type neckline. I *think* that could save it! Or I could just walk around like this:
Husbie has always wanted to take photos down China Town in Melbourne, so the beautiful jewels, the oriental feel to the fabric, and a Hot Date Dinner Night to wear my new dress was just right.
But I'm really happy with my determination in sewing this fabric, as I had a lot of nerves with ironing, using the overlocker and topstitching (I may or may not have used the right needle size, sometimes it's clean and other times the 'jewel' thread can be seen). I felt like giving up a few times, and I had some worry moments when the hemline started to fray (making it shorter) and when I topstitched the side pieces instead of the back piece. I even had my first sewing dream: "Oh no, I cut the lining on the bias by mistake!" LOL! That was last week's dress, silly!
It moves when you cut it.
It moves when you sew with it.
Iron on the 'silk' setting of your Iron, as the material can melt and stick to your Iron.
Matching the jewels isn't so hard though (using the lines on the wrong side).
Princess seams ARE good if you're not sure of the fit.
Being Gung Ho on a fresh pattern with VIP material is not so perfect, but still wearable.
Until next week xoxo