The “Happy New Year!” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Green silk dupiani ($35 a yard – 3 yards)
Pattern: Hacked Truffle pattern from the Colette Sewing Handbook
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 14″ invisible zipper
Time to complete: 3.5 hours
First worn: December 2011
Wear again? Absolutely!
Total Cost: $105
As 2011 comes to a close, I’m trying to wrap my head around all that has happened this year. Closing a business, wrestling with career direction, coping with a family emergency – through it all, the Sew Weekly has been a bight spot in a difficult year. Each week, the five of us came together to share something we loved and engage with other talented, kind people from across the world. I have LOVED this year of sewing and can’t think Mena enough for letting us all be a part of something this great. Posting creations along side her, Debi, Adey and Veronica was an honor and each week pushed me to be a better seamstress.
To give 2011 a good sendoff and welcome 2012, I decided to hack the Truffle pattern from the Colette Sewing Handbook and create a one shoulder dress with a bow detail (inspired by this Pattern Runway pattern). The construction was super easy – thanks to my first foray into the Truffle, which helped me get the fit perfect – and the transformation into making this a one shoulder top was as easy as lopping off one of the shoulder straps. Warning – make sure you lay out everything right sides together (front and back pieces) before you chop. You have to make sure everything will meet up the way it’s supposed to (the lining and the back pieces).
After getting the cutting down, I simply pieced the front and smaller back pieces together, sewed the shoulders together and attached the front to the lining (right sides together), leaving one sides open. From there you pull everything right side out (using the shoulder as a channel). Finally, sew up the open side. At this point you might be like “Sarah – WHAT? This makes no sense!” I drew some pictures for you to clear things up (hopefully!)
Once the top is finished, I added it to the regular Truffle skirt, inserted the zipper as instructed, and constructed a simple bow. I used the one from the Pattern Runway pattern, but you can wing it and make any thing you think might look cool! After fooling with it for a few minutes, I came up with a design I liked and hand tacked it to the shoulder. Voila! Instant party!
I will be wearing this dress while ringing in the new year with those I love, kissing Ryan the Gabbart at midnight, and hoping for a year of sewing joy that matches this one – thank you all for being part of the Sew Weekly this year and for supporting us as we slaved away on this labor of love. Happy New Year!