The “Pinkadot Power” Frock
Fabric: Cotton poplin (dress), organic cotton batiste (lining)
Pattern: Same as the Birdless Garden Tour and Make My Lucky Day dresses
Notions: Invisible zipper, interfacing
Time to complete: 26 hours
First worn: For a full day of work and errands
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: $30
It is nice to be back after my weekly sewing intermission.
Real life — going on outside my sewing room — had experienced some serious neglect after thirteen weeks, so I spent some time with it (life, I mean) and started working on ways to sew more efficiently (er, less obsessively).
For this week’s Tickled Pink Challenge, I sewed a rerun dress to ease myself back into things. However, this time I lined it. As usual, I underestimated how long that would take and what it would involve, being my first, fully lined dress and all. I enjoyed the experience though. So many construction mysteries were solved. I kinda feel like I can do anything after lining a dress. That powerful feeling you get when you learn something new is what makes me get so intense about sewing.
It’s difficult to see in the photos, so here is a close up of the fabric. It’s covered in tiny pink, orange, and yellow square dots. Two shades of pink dots dominate the print, hence the made-up word in the title.
I took some time to refine the fit of this pattern a bit more by raising the armhole and taking in the princess seam near the front armhole (with a couple of bodice-only muslins). That area of a garment– where side bust (dart) meets armhole and front shoulder – is often tricky to fit, especially when you are proportionally petite (short distance between top and bottom of armhole) and have a D cup bust like moi. But, I think I nailed it this time. Which means, this custom-fitted hybrid dress pattern, now in its third iteration, is officially a TNT! I shall be celebrating that by making this dress again (perhaps with sleeves and/or a different skirt style) very soon.
I finished the dress late Thursday night, put it on first thing Friday morning, and wore it all day. It felt comfortable and a bit more modest thanks to the anti-cleavage adjustment I made to the widen the bodice overlap.
It also felt quite pretty to wear. The young lady who bagged up my groceries at the market thought so too. After I merely said “Thank you!” to her compliment, my husband leans over to her and says, “She made it” like he’d just let her in on a secret. Pretending I didn’t hear all this, I casually walked out the sliding doors while the market girl said something like “Really?! Wow!”.
I know a dress is a winner when it gets compliments (and unsolicited publicity) less than eight hours after leaving the ironing board ;-). I even think that the color pink is growing on me. Outside of the cardigan I’m wearing above (which is a bit more coral than true pink), this dress is the only pink (well, partially pink anyway) garment in my wardrobe! If my spring/summer wardrobe palette works out, the pink power in my closet might go up a notch.
I’m still catching up on all the goodness folks have made these past few weeks, so don’t be surprised to see me posting some belated comments of admiration and envy. I definitely missed you guys.
Thanks for looking.