New (girl) Dress
Fabric: Red mystery fabric (“100% unknown fibers”), but I suspect it is a wool/nylon/lycra blend = $2/m
Pattern: Simplicity Project Runway 2444 = $1
zip (nope, the Mena test held up)
Time to complete: 7 hours (complete first season of New Girl)
First worn: In autumn. It’s too hot and humid in Montreal now.
Wear again? Perhaps.
Total price: ~$7
I grew up without much TV. I lived in rural areas with terrible TV reception (those of us from the pre-cable days will remember wrestling with the antenna when your favourite show came on and frantically trying to catch an image). Now that I can watch anything on Netflix (or by other means *cough cough illegal file sharing cough cough*), I really appreciate being able to open up my laptop next to my sewing table and watch a little Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes or F.O.T.C.
I recently started watching New Girl, featuring Zooey Deschanel, who I’ve loved since I first saw her in Mike White’s sadly hilarious 2002 film “The Good Girl”, duping seniors into getting Cirque du Face makovers at the Retail Rodeo.
and I love her style, especially this red ice skater-esque dress she wears in the opening credits:
It was graduation week here on campus, and I saw a lot of this style: very fitted bodice, stiff pleated skirt, bright solid colours, and SHORT SHORT SHORT. I love the look on 22 year old biochem grads, but not so much on me, so I went with the pattern skirt length, which is just above the knee. I couldn’t tell from the screenshots if the bodice was princess-seamed or darted, but knowing my struggles with armscye princess seams, I opted for Simplicity 2444 with lots of bodice darts to manipulate.
I’ve heard nothing but good reviews around the internets about this pattern, and I was pretty happy until I tried on the bodice and the fit was terrible. I tried taking in the seams a bit here and there, but it really needed an overhaul to be perfectly fitted. This coincided with me finishing the complete season 1 of New Girl, and it seemed that my enthusiasm for this dress ended with the finale.
I have too many UFO lying around this place. I knew that perhaps I was being just a bit too picky about fit, and that few other people would criticize it as harshly as I.
So I decided to Just Give’r. I pulled a “made-in-China” on this dress: I completely ignored the instructions and sewed in the flat, I didn’t set in the sleeves properly and pleated the caps instead; I serged all the inside edges together and pressed to the side; I eliminated the back zipper because the fabric has just enough stretch to pull on (and more importantly, off) without any contortions; I didn’t sew a lining because the fabric feels good against my skin despite the content, and I have a good collection of full and half slips already. I serged the neckline and hems and just turned them in and topstitched. Then I took some last-minute photos in my basement last night (oops, sorry for the terrible quality. My photographer is out of town and it was midnight) It doesn’t look perfect, but it’s fine for now.
(I don’t have Photoshop, so please forgive my feeble attempts at photo editing that were stitched together in PicMonkey, Windows Live Photo Gallery and Powerpoint. Yes, powerpoint. As a scientist, I can’t really write off the purchase of Photoshop because the only reason scientists would use Photoshop would be to falsify images!)