Made This Look – The All Mixed Up Dress
I’ve long been a fan of the Make This Look entries. I like Modcloth, but their clothes are kind of expensive , they rarely fit me properly and the construction can be low-quality at times. As I browsed through the archives, I was drawn to many patterns, but eventually settled on the Master Mixologist.
Some of the comments noted that the fabric selection seemed off, and I agree. Closeups of the Modcloth dress showed a subtle tweed-ish pattern, and I went to the store with that in mind. Once there, I found a simply silky print that I couldn’t ignore. Blue and green warped geometric pattern on a black background? Sold!
This pattern introduced me to a few new concepts.The method of lining the bodice and sleeves was a bit different. Instead of piecing together a complete bodice and sleeve with matching lining, the pattern called for basting the bodice and sleeves to their respective linings separately, and then setting the sleeves. It gave a nice, crisp finish to the sleeve edge. I had not done a back vent on a skirt before. Although the pattern directions were confusing at first, it all made sense once I started to sew it.
In addition to new sewing concepts, I got to use some of my new tools! I broke out my invisible zipper foot for the first time, following Sarai’s advice from the Colette book. I was mostly pleased with the results, but found it tricky to sew completely to the end of the zipper in one direction. I ended up redoing part of the back seam in order to get a smoother finish. I adjusted the size of the bow, as I did not find the extra long style appealing. I also used my new blind hem foot, and was quite pleased with the results.
As for the fit, this pattern is not ideal for me. I did not make a muslin first, so I was not aware of fitting issues until I tried on the finished dress. Based on the ease measurements, I graded the pattern up two sizes in the hips using my french curve. The dress ended up fitting well in the hips, but being a bit too big in the waist. The waist also hit a few inches above my natural waist, which makes me look a bit boxier. I like my curves, so I’d rather show them off! While I am pleased with the sleeves, I know that if they had been any longer, they would bind up and prevent me from raising my arms. This is a problem I’ve noticed with many patterns. Gertie has been working on underarm gussets recently, and I may have to study up on her techniques and begin to incorporate them.
Overall, I am pleased with this dress, and I plan to wear it for work.
Fabric: Blue and green geometric print from Joann, $10.48; clearance lining from Joann,$0.88
Pattern: New Look 6968, $3.99
Year: Unknown, but it is a modern pattern
Notions: Interfacing, $0.62, invisible zipper from stash
Time to complete: 15 min cutting pattern pieces, 4+ hours to complete dress
First worn: 28 Jan 2012 for photos
Wear again? Yes
Total price: $11.98