The Born This Way Dress
You know that feeling when you slip that finish garment over your head not knowing if you’re really that happy with it or not? well this one had a big YES attached to it; I’m in love with this one. The idea came to me when I was shopping for a friend who’d just had a little baby boy, they had cute little rompers with bunting across the front saying B-a-b-y. A light-bulb went off and here I am standing in my own grown-up version.
I self drafted this one. I recently purchased a large cutting mat and rotary wheel to cut my fabric on and it really is a blessing. Clean, accurate lines making the tedious job of cutting-out a breeze. The top is made from jersey and the bunting is all broadcloth. I chalked out the wave for the bunting and held it up to myself erasing and redrawing until I was happy with how it flowed across my body. I cut out my triangles and purchased some vliesofix (love that stuff) to help stabilise the bunting into place ready to sew down with a zig-zag stitch, adjusting the length and width so it stitched nice and close so no fraying would occur. Bias binding was then sewn across the top to finish off the look.
The inside of the dress is all serged, I blind hemmed around the neck, sleeves and across the bottom. The neck, I happened to cut too wide and it stretched even more when I hemmed it. I braided some left over jersey and attached a strap over my left shoulder that holds the dress into place. Phew! Nice save methinks.
I seriously love how it turned out and love the bold colours up against the black. I felt it needed another colour thrown in there so it didn’t look too patriotic, not that that’s a bad thing after all we’re celebrating the 4th of July. I’m just glad I ran back to get a sliver of yellow to throw into the mix, it just pops. Don’t you agree?
Ladies, ladies, ladies I have been busting to tell you all that something rather extraordinary happened to me last Saturday, (staying away from ALL social media so I can tell the people who I know will appreciate this little piece of awesome news-The Sew Weekly) anyway… I had just finished putting the finishing touches on this dress when I had a notification pop up on my Facebook Timeline, ‘Can you please phone my mobile ASAP?’ This message came from a friend I have known for 10 years, online. We have never met. CRAZY! I know. She’s a well known seamstress here in Melbs, Peta Pledger! an absolute doll. I rang her straight away and she asked if I was available to sew for LADY GAGA!! Everything went kinda fuzzy after that, not knowing what I was sewing I said OF COURSE! Peta had just given birth to a gorgeous little baby boy and was unable to leave the house. I was just beside myself that she had asked me, ME?. All I can say is that my documenting my weekly sewing on my blog had helped me out big time. You just never know who’s watching. Anyway, after jumping up and down in total disbelief I rang my mum and close friends and screamed like my daughter did when we went to see Lady GaGa earlier that week.
Here’s what my job entailed. This is GaGa’s Castle that I snapped last Thursday night, it opens up and all of the rooms are used for different scenes throughout the show. The show was absolutely amazing by the way, not really a fan of her music but appreciate her talent and love for the downright bizarre. It really was a spectacle. My daughter danced the entire night and is still floating on her GaGa cloud. Bless. My job was to fix all of the curtains drops that had perforated under the strain of metal poles that were inserted into each hem; I’ve marked the ones I recognise with a white star. There were twenty all up. I used Peta’s Industrial straight stitch sewing machine to get the job done, they wanted me to line all of the hems with denim to stop them from tearing again. Each canvas drop was hand painted and quite brittle, some up to 6 metres wide, I’m not too sure why they weren’t reinforced in the first place, but hey! who’s complaining?
They set me up in the wardrobe department. Those black cases are just some of GaGa’s wardrobe. I really wanted to take photo’s of the clothes but didn’t want to ruin my chances of ever being called back if I got caught. I worked away quietly getting the job done without a hiccup. I loved the Industrial machine, a dead speedy piece of machinery indeed. Do you know I’m a ‘stand-up’ sewer? I ditched the chair after completing one drop. I find it’s just easier.
No, I didn’t see Lady GaGa, and no free tickets, I could of hung around with my backstage pass and milked it for all it was worth after I finished but I’m a rather reserved character, not one to make conversation with just anyone not without liquid courage anyway so I packed up my things and headed home walking back to my car kinda pinching myself over the days events. What a day! What did I wear? I wore this weeks challenge of course. Ah HAPPY DAYS indeed!
Fabric | Jersey knit, broadcloth for the bunting
Pattern | Self drafted
Year | 2012
Notions | Bias binding
Time to complete |2 hours to cut out the dress and bunting . 2 or 3hours to vliesofix and sew the dress.
First worn | Sewing for >Lady GagGa <
Wear again? For Sure, probably to its death.
Total price | $15 for the jersey, $10 for the broadcloth and bias binding, vliesofix $6