The Well Read Dress
Fabric: A little less than 2 1/2 yards of brown wool tweed suiting. ~$12
This was actually what was left after making a capelet. Apparently I buy a lot of yardage when I get fabric. Lining and pockets are a brown and white cotton polka dot fabric scrap from a previous dress. Serious stash-busting here!
Pattern: Colette Peony, purchased on sale ~$14
Notions: Brown invisible zipper ~$1.50
Time to complete: 5 hours
Wear again? Yes! Especially during the winter.
Total Price: ~$27.50
This dress was inspired by some tweed ballet flats that I’ve had for a couple of years. I constantly wear them – I find the plaid colors add a little fun to my basic work-wear, and I love the little leather buckle. With this week’s challenge, I was completely inspired by these shoes. I wanted to do a wool tweed that would match the feel, and almost give them a literary vibe. Yup, that’s right, I feel like I should be hanging out in the library or doing some historical research in this dress. It reminded me of Giles’ jackets from Buffy the Vampire slayer.
I knew Peony would be the perfect use for this fabric. It’s a simple design but the boat neck adds a little sass and I love the long sleeves. I tied the shoes back into the dress with the brown leather belt, mimicking the brown belt buckles on the top of the shoes.
I normally don’t wear a lot of unlined wool because of the itch factor, so I changed the facings out with some cotton scraps that I had leftover from another dress I made a couple of months ago. It’s a brown cotton with white polka dots. I wasn’t sure what to do with my fabric scraps, but after reading suggestions from the Sew Weekly Community forums, I sorted everything into smaller yardage amounts and fabric scraps, which gave me a good idea of what I can use for mini projects, charity, and trimmings such as bias tapes, facings and pocket linings. It’s so nice to have a grasp on those things!
Can I tell you how much I am loving installing invisible zippers since I started following the method from Colette’s book? It’s so easy and it looks so good! Oh, and this was my first ‘on location’ shoot? Well, not counting Gatsby, but generally, I take my pics in the backyard. I told the hubby that I wanted to ‘step-it-up’ for this week so we ventured over to the local library. Unfortunately, it’s tiny, so it was hard finding an empty aisle, and I was a little nervous about taking pictures in a crowded library, but luckily, I found a couple of empty spots. Whew!