The “Gedda Dun” Dress
Fabric: 3 yds of blue hibiscus floral cotton with a linen-y type feel to it, from discount warehouse $11.97 (£7.38), navy broadcloth from stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 2442.
Notions: Just thread so far (read on) but have a 22″ zip ready $1.79 (£1.10)
Time to complete: 20 hours.
First worn: 24th September 2012.
Wear again? Yes, when altered to fit better and not, erm, bodged (read on).
Total price: $13.76 (£8.48).
The challenge: “Something Blue: This week, we’re sewing creations all in the hue of blue”.
I’m all about learning lessons. Even 39 weeks into this wonderful adventure, I still feel like I’m only just taking my first steps into the world of garmentry creating. See, I don’t even use the correct terms ;)
This week I learnt that:
1. I do now have the skills to make more complicated “occasion wear” from patterns I’d been leaving till later in the year.
2. I can beautifully finish the insides of a garment, in this case a multi-pieced lined bodice with yoke (do you remember the trouble I used to have with yokes?)
3. There are some garments that really, really DO need muslins making for them first. Oops. Can you guess what’s coming?
(Hey, no eighthlys this time either….I’m learning good grammar an’ stuff too!)
Oh, I was oh so cocky starting this dress. Do the rest of you find that after a project one you’ve really loved and that’s gone better than expected, you always get a bit of a flop on your next one? Is this just me? I came off the Papa Was a Roaming Gnome dress on a high and have worn it a bit too much this past week….it needs a visit to Mr Washing Machine.
I knew I was going to use this gorgeous blue floral fabric which I again found at my favourite fabric discount warehouse. I managed to snag two pieces, an approx 3 yd piece and a 2 yd piece. The plan was to make something still summery and capable of being worn during the day but that could be perhaps dressed up for an event. I thought I had enough to make this Simplicity 2442 dress and the matching bolero jacket from the pattern. As it goes, the remainder might be needed for adaptations to the dress.
For despite this being an absolutely gorgeous print, and the dress looking fabulous on Betty Draper my dressform all week, this is what happened when I put it on:
Look at that. I’ve lost my waist and developed a matronly box shape again. I used to only be this shape when I didn’t know my size and used to cut dresses 2-3 times bigger than the actual me. I had this theory that the wide straps would create a wider shoulder appearance to balance out the bottom half of me. And that cummerbund draping just below the bust just seems to create bulk (round existing bulk and wobbly bits). This dress needs surgery, cummerbund lifts, bodice extending…..stat! OK, maybe not stat, I’ve got to get a move on with the next 2 weeks challenges because school term finishes this Friday and I know I won’t get much sewing with the kids off school.
Any suggestions to ways I can make this slightly less matronly (it seems to have totally flattened my boobage inline with my tummy, not good….I’d rather we all could see where one stops and the other two start) and make me look less of a line-backer (I believe that’s a term from a sport the Colonials play here instead of cricket) would be gratefully received. I’m currently thinking of losing the draped midriff section altogether (too much bulk), cutting a slightly deeper but flat midriff section and possibly using the extra material I had to make a fuller skirt…..which might also be made into more of a device to point to a waist with a net petticoat. Let me know what you think. If there’s any way I can pull in that waist so I get more of an V shape top that would be ace too. Pondering cap sleeves…..I dunno. I wonder if there’s a way to make the yoke straps more of a V shape like the Cambie dress ones without ruining the armsyce?
And why’s it called the “Gedda Dun” dress? Because, as I alluded too above, things went wrong and I should have made a muslin first. Despite my checking the pattern measurements against previous Simplicity patterns I’d made and despite me grading the pattern up as I usually do, 20 at neckline, 22 at bust, 24 at waist and hip…….and in spite of all the beautiful finishing I’d done on the lining of the bodice………when I came to put the dress on this morning before the final step of inserting the zip…..the bulky cummerbundy drapey midriff section didn’t quite meet at the back.
Normally when something like this happens (though it’s not that often, just seems to have struck the last 2 weeks, perhaps I need to lay-off the cake), I make an adjustment at the side seams. But this blooming beautifully-made bodice was fulled lined. If (when) I sort this dress out properly, I’m going to have to unpick the lining first before making any changes. I couldn’t face that this morning and as I said, I need to get ahead with the next 2 weeks sewing. So this is the “Gedda Dun” dress (as my husband repeatedly tells the children when they’re procrastinating) because I’d come this far I wasn’t going to totally abandon this week’s challenge….so do you want to see the monstrosity piece I sewed in the back to get it to fit and to allow me to wriggle into the dress without first fitting the zip?
Of course you do. And never let it be said that I’m not honest about my sewing, warts and all:
Never leave them on a low Tempest….here’s me pretending I’m on an a desert island tiptoeing into a blue lagoon (hence the earrings my 10 year stylist chose me, hmmm, not too sure I’m be keeping her in my entourage, well, not as a stylist anyway, court jester perhaps….the pics of me laughing were because she was trying to moonwalk ‘off set’ without success):
Nah, me neither. I won’t tell you which of the Emmys dresses she loved and loathed….although she’s almost as acerbic sometimes as Tom & Lorenzo.