The “Look on the Bright Side” Dress
Fabric: Stretch cotton sateen (bodice) cotton batiste (bodice lining), quilting cotton (skirt)
Pattern: Simplicity 2648 (bodice) with custom drafted dirndl skirt
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: At photoshoot
Wear again? Maybe with the right cardigan and belt.
Total Price: $15
Solar Power (13-0759) and Tangerine Tango (14-1463). Together in a dress that could stop (or even direct) traffic. Literally. If there was a power outage in my neighborhood, I would simply wear this dress, stand in the road, and make like a stoplight.
My new, princess seam base pattern (debuted with last week’s Mad Men dress) came in handy again. This time sewn with rounded neckline and lined bodice (my first). I was so fascinated with the process – sew bodice to lining at neckline and armholes, pull through shoulder — that I skipped over all the careful side seam and zipper attaching involved with a lined bodice and simply treated the center back and side seams of the bodice and lining as one. Next time, I’ll do it by the book. For now, I’ll spend a minute being satisfied with what I’ve tried and learned so far.
The dress is a bit too loud and bright (it’s much more orange than my Mad Men dress, which is a rust color in real life) for me to wear it much (perhaps with the right styling). So I lazily pinked the seam allowances with the assumption the dress will be worn a few times and likely hand washed.
I suppose this was a wearable muslin to learn about lined bodices. I like that my base pattern (already fitted and headache-free) has given me a chance to slow down and focus on some construction basics. I really am a relatively novice sewer who happens to have figured how to fit patterns, so it’s about time I stop faking it and bone up on some sewing 101 ;-).
Thanks for looking.