The “Cape Town Switcheroo” II, the sequel
Fabric: 2m + 1m narrow print shwe shwe from Botswana (144 Pula = $18.75)
Pattern: Vogue 8238 , used previously so=$0
Notions: none yet
Time to complete: ~4 hours
First worn: not yet, but I plan to for Me Made May day 18 (Green Theme)
Wear again? Lots and lots
Total Cost: $18.75
Yay! My losing streak is over! It’s been a heck of a month sewing-wise, what with one disappointment after another. I started this challenge two weeks ago by making a muslin for this dress from Burdastyle because I thought that the multiple panels would look great in different prints: Not one, but two muslins went into the recycle pile, and a third was cut out before I decided it was too much trouble. It looks simple, but I just couldn’t get the fit to work for me. You’ve won this round Burda 108B…..
So I decided to just use the rest of the pink cotton fabric and whip up a quick sorbetto top for the Pink Challenge. Given that I’ve made the sorbetto 3X before, I should have been able to do it with my eyes closed. Not sure what happened, but the bust darts ended up about 2 inches high, and it was so tight across the back that I couldn’t move my arms. (I don’t remember putting on 10 pounds or my breasts suddenly dropping, so the only explanation I can think of is that pattern nibbling mice came into my sewing room one night and did some alterations to my paper Burda patterns…..)
Then last week’s Long Road Trip blouse kicked my butt with its boringness and I knew I had to just Make it Work® this week, or I’d risk getting kicked out of The Sew Weekly sorority of coolness. I loved my Cape Town Switcheroo from the Local Colour Challenge, and I knew exactly what small alterations had to be made to the pattern to improve the fit. Lo and behold, I had EXACTLY enough shwe shwe in two complementary prints to squeeze out the pattern, although I had to cut on the cross grain and make it shorter than I did last time. And there may have been a tiny bit of overlapping on the seam allowances, but let’s keep that between ourselves.
Modifications to pattern: Shwe shwe is quite stiff, so I skipped the interfacing along the front edges. I also removed the ease from the skirt back because trying to ease shwe shwe is like trying to ease denim: it just isn’t going to happen easily. I used bias tape for armscye finishing instead of facings because 1) as I stated before, I hate facings with a passion and 2) didn’t have enough fabric. I sewed the dress in the flat rather than in the round because I wanted to ensure that the side seams matched exactly. With contrasting prints like this, any misalignment would show. It seems a bit “made in China” to be sewing that way, but I have to admit, it makes the fitting a lot easier, and I may start doing it more often.
Full disclosure time: I haven’t done the closures yet. Since I made the neck facings from the contrasting print, I may wear it open sometimes, but I certainly will need to do some kind of fastenings for the skirt portion to avoid flashing the goods.
Also: I have absolutely no explanation for this face.
On that successful note, I’m going to be taking the next few weeks off from the SW. I have to go back to Cape Town tonight to retrain some new members of our research team, and I won’t have any access to a machine while I’m there (maybe I should take up knitting or crochet or embroidery to pass the kid-free evenings? or at least add those closures). I will however, have the chance on the weekends to cruise the fabric shops and markets of my favourite fabric hunting city!
See you all in June.