The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress
Fabric: Dark Steel Blue Lightweight Linen, White Unbleached Cotton Lining
Pattern: Vogue Pamella Roland V1232
Notions: Nylon Fusible Knit Interfacing, 14″ Invisible Zipper, Eye & Hook and Thread
Time to Complete: 26 Hours
First worn: For Photos in Times Square!
Wear again? Absolutely.
Total Price: $35.50 – Fabric was $30, Notions were $5.50
This is my favorite piece I have sewn so far for SewWeekly. I took my inspiration from the NYC Skyline and it’s magnificent Skyscrapers. Now for the good stuff, I naively looked at this dress and thought beautiful, this won’t take me long, ha! Turns out it was 23 pattern pieces and then 20 of the pieces had to be cut out in triplicate. The entire body of the dress except for the flounce was interfaced & lined. It took me a long time to cut out and mark all the pieces. Sewing it was very start forward, there was just a lot of steps. I never interfaced an entire dress before but once you have it on you feel the strength of the construction, but my favorite part is the flounce around the bottom. One of my goals with participating in the weekly challenges is to use more sewing feet, in this dress I used my Gathering Foot, the Zipper Foot and the Narrow Hem foot which the more I use, the easier it gets. For anyone wanting to use the Narrow Hem Foot I found that a small stitch length and slow speed is the best combination for getting a smooth curve and I always practice with the actually fabric scraps. We shot our photos in Time Square where your surrounded by Skyscrapers and the High Octane Energy that drives New York CIty. As the photos were being taken I could not help singing in my head…New York, New York a heck of a town, the Bronx are up and the Battery is down…