The “Blue Bird” Dress
This is one of those projects that was abandoned mid-construction because I was unhappy with how it was turning out. It is my own darn fault – I put too much pressure on myself to complete a new dress for an event in a few days time. Turns out, the fabric required a lot more attention and time than I had. Silk velvet is a PAIN to work with. (Well, it doesn’t have to be, if you have the time and energy to devote to it.)
I am mad at myself for wasting such beautiful fabric. This is a washable silk/rayon velvet that I found at a warehouse sale for Bella Notte linens.
The fabric is a bit too thick for the bodice draping, which is part of the problem. The other issue is that the pattern size I purchased is one size too small, and the hip area is very fitted. And my hips are NOT small. I did add some extra ease, but it would seem that it was not enough.
I also used an invisible zipper the first time around. However, the plastic coils were just too stiff for the fabric. So I ripped out my stitches (which was not fun) and replaced the invisible with a regular zipper and lapped insertion. However, I did a rather lousy job of it. Oh, how I wish I had a needle board! I also managed to flatten the nap at the center front skirt seam while binding the edges with seam binding. Of course this ends up front and center! Aargh.
The only other thing that was unfinished was the shoulder pads, and a hem.
It is far from perfect (I am too embarrassed about the inside seams to show you) but at least I persevered and finished the darn thing. They can’t all be perfect, right?
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Silk/rayon velvet from Bella Notte Linens warehouse sale; Bemberg rayon remnant for bodice stay
⁃ Pattern: Vogue 2610
⁃ Year: 1947
⁃ Notions: Zipper, Thread, Hug Snug seam binding
⁃ Time to complete: From first cut to last stitch, it must be over a year. The sad thing is I have many UFOs that have spent quite a bit more time in a bag/drawer. I am going to have to something about that . . .
⁃ First worn: January 29, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Not sure – perhaps if I lose five or ten pounds. It’s not my favorite, but at least I followed through and finished it. Thank you Sew Weekly for the extra motivation!
⁃ Total price: ~ $45.00 This is just a guess – it has been quite a while since I purchased the yardage.