The Yellow Trellis Dress
Fabric: Yellow print curtain (Linen?) = $5
Pattern: Simplicity 9253 = $1.75 from Etsy
Notions: cotton sheet for lining (leftover from my Long Road Trip blouse) = $0; invisible zip = $2
Time to complete: ~5 hours?
First worn: For photos
Hmmm. Not sure. No; This is a muslin.
Total price: $8.75
Yellow looks terrible on my skin tone. Even before the ’80s Colour Me Beautiful craze declared me a “winter”, I knew I shouldn’t wear it. I was going to skip this challenge altogether and save myself the sallow disappointment, when I remembered that I had this yellow curtain and could always just use it for a muslin of Simplicity 9253, a cutout dress from 1971. Everything old is new again and all that jazz.
I rarely do a muslin, but when I do, I just sew directly from the pattern and made adjustments afterwards. However, I’ve finally gotten enough experience under my belt to know the typical alterations necessary and did them before cutting: broaden the back, lengthen the torso, open the armscye. And you know what? It was pretty close! The front bodice is still slightly too big (I need to pinch a centimeter from the width and may have to do a slight SBA next time) and somehow the bust points are too low (first time for everything!) but it fits better than a ready-to-wear dress would, so I’d give it a B+.
You may notice that the neck, armscyes and hem aren’t finished. I just cut them where I wanted them to fit on my body in my final version. I feel like a cheating badminton player by posting a muslin for a challenge, but it didn’t start out that way, so what the heck.
This fabric is hella-itchy. I think it is that kind of cheap linen that I’ve unfortunately encountered before (blogged here). I lined the bodice with cotton, but I can still feel the fibres, and I actually had a rash after wearing the muslin around the house last night to check for fit! I think I’ll cut it apart and use the fabric to make some bags, since it’s quite strong, and I do love the print.
I have a great red, white and blue double-sided shwe shwe cotton that has a similar heft and body, and would work great for this pattern, so I may try to work that into a challenge sometime soon. Uh, Mena…..Can we do another red, white and blue challenge? :)