“The Blue for Mustard’ Dress
Fabric: Blue mystery fabric. The local Malaysian fabric stores fondly calls this kind of fabric ‘The Yellow Line’. It has sheen to it, medium weight, and the salesperson said it’s for making trousers. Most probably polyester. Good buy at RM8.80/USD2.75 per yard, 1.75 yards required. I meant to use it to make wearable muslins as it’s half the price of viscose fabric.
Pattern: New Look 6909
Notions: Basic Zipper, Hook & Eye, Interfacing
Time to complete: I didn’t really count. Most probably at least 15 hours (not including cutting pattern and fabric, I take another average 2 hours to do that). (Errata: The 4.5 hours to complete mentioned in my favourite 2011 dress was a typo (I just realized), I usually take at least 10 hours to complete a dress. The 4.5 hours was the talented Adey’s record as I was referencing the same pattern she made earlier)
First worn: Today, 8 Jan 2012 in my garage as the weekend and the garage is when and where the hubby will take my photos
Wear again? Yes! To work tomorrow morning (Monday). Hopefully the blue dress doesn’t add on the Monday blues!
Total Cost (including pattern): Approximately RM30/USD9.30
The second challenge theme for 2012, Accessories that Inspire! To my family and friends who know me well, I am a no frills, non-accessory person who almost likes to wear the same style and weekend outfits as it is always a rush to dress to go out on weekends after getting my 2.5 year-old Little Terror ready. Actually in nature I am also very lazy in primping up myself! :). I make more effort for my workplace outfits though as the job calls for it. This is a really interesting challenge as it reminded me that I have a new mustard bag that I bought during the last week of 2011 that I have yet to use. The zipper and the mustard colour really called out to me………. actually I saw the 70% off sign first. Malaysian readers, it’s a VOIR bag by the way, nett of discount it was RM34.50 / USD10.70. I have never worn mustard before, it’s a first! I used to be really wary of this colour but I think now it’s rather becoming!
Actually I sort of cheated. I have already cut out the pattern and fabric 3 days before Mena announced the challenge theme last Wednesday. So I was off to find an accessory to match the dress I was making. Well, it’s a chicken and egg question, the dress came first or the accessory? :) The blue is a nice contrast to the mustard!
Alright, do I pass for a bag model? Have I enticed you to buy a mustard bag yet? :)
Hey, the dress is still the main focus here! Some obligatory shots without the bag. I attempted a hand pricked lapped zipper but I think it wasn’t that successful as you can see some whites from the zipper. I learned to make a skirt vent via making this dress.
Pattern Notes: I cut a size 10 for the pattern but I sewed a 1cm seam allowance on the sides instead of the usual 1.5cm, as I am smaller on the top but pear shaped on the bottom. The fit on this dress was quite spot on for me, it’s quite flattering. I also adore the cute collars and bow. The puffed sleeves are awfully cute too. The pockets placement are also quite elegant. I interfaced the bow as someone rightly pointed out in Sewing Pattern Review.com that the bow will be floppy without interfacing (thank you for mentioning that!). I omitted the collar facings in favour of fully lining the dress. The hems were done without the aid of a special blind hem foot, you have to check out this great tutorial if you are not aware a blind hem can be done without a special sewing machine foot. I used to hand stitch my hems but I find this method alleviates the bumps/bubbles problem on the hem.