The “Coventry Blithe Fitted Lace” Dress
Fabric: Cotton Blend Broadcloth Navy, Stretch Navy/Cream Lace and Navy Cotton Lining
Pattern: New Look 6910, plus self drafted sleeves
Notions : Cream Piping, 22″ zipper and hook & eye closure
Time to complete: 16 Hours
First Worn: January 14, 2012
Wear Again: Absolutely
Total Price: $41
Meet Elna, she joined our family a year and half ago when my machine of 27 years died. The sales person truly explained all the bells and whistle but I have learn to appreciate them with every new garment I made.
I did a traditional hemming on the broad cloth material for the sleeves and dress bottom. On the lace I wanted to keep the scallop edge so I used 2 features on the machine, needle down/up (you can choice whether the needle stays up or down when you take the foot off the petal and second a sew in place needle position by hit the tack button (so the next time you push the petal it sews in place). As I sewed the 2 layers of fabric together I used these two feature to sew along the edge and at very peak of the scallop I tacked. I hand tacked the large flowers throughout the garment pieces because I had never layered two fabrics together and worried that the lace fabric would sag over time.
This pattern came with a cap sleeve and bodice lining but I only lined the bodice, in the past when I have lined sleeves it has felt restrictive and I like to use cotton lining which is not slippery. This is my first time drafting a pattern piece, so i decided to insert the sleeve by hand at the end, so I could adjust if it didn’ fit correctly and avoid any accidental gathering.
This is Elna’s older sister, Serger. She is my first serger and I bought her prior to my old machine departure. I decided when I got back into sewing I wanted to make garment that were as finished on the inside. It’s been a learning curve as to when to serge as you are constructing the garment. So all the edges are finished on the inside of the garment.
I mention all this because it would explained why it took me so long to finish this project. I got up Saturday morning 7 am and. Sewed until it was done. My tunnel vision really kicked in and the day was over before I new it. In the end I love the piece and was really excited to wear it to work on Monday.
P.S. I saw on Gertie’s sewing blog how she had a wrist pin cushion and made my own when they wanted $9 for one in the trim store. I bought a small pin cushion for $3 and sewed my own elastic band. Inspired by Veronica’s thrifty ways.