FO Friday & Sewing: Needed a Dress for 2 weddings

Looking for clothes for “fluffy” people… The Bay has a whole section, but nothing for me. Julie’s is sporting some amazing (and not in a good way) lounge singer wear if you are working in Vegas!
It took 10 stores for me to through in the towel! All the places that sold fluffy wear, had nothing classic or simple, most were loud geometric, or with giant flowers, black, white, strapless, sundresses and jersey.

I am thinking I could do an awesome business designing and manufacturing tasteful plus size clothing out of nonknitwear  fabrics…

Plan B: Have pattern, Fabricland, sewing machine, 1/4 of what I was willing to spend and a dress for each wedding that fits. Pattern evaluation and any alterations tomorrow, Bodice dry run and test fit Monday, Tuesday cut out and serge, Wednesday sew, Thursday sew, Friday hem… Saturday wear, hopefully.

Saturday Step 1: Decide what to make

The blue linen is for the first wedding. The complementary fabric might be a jacket or another dress, we'll see...

The blue linen is for the first wedding.
The complementary fabric might be a jacket or another dress, we’ll see…

Sunday Step 2: Pattern alterations and improvements

Favourite old trick, use comfy older dress as a model for alterations. This pattern asks for fully lined. I am adding a 1 pc yoke facing for the neck and arm holes.

Favourite old trick, use comfy older dress as a model for alterations. This pattern asks for fully lined. I am adding a 3 pc yoke facing for the neck shoulders and arm holes.

This pattern is lined, but no neck shoulder and armhole facings. Some pattern drafting required… dust off my tailoring skills, tissue paper and drafting tools, what fun! Voila, Ghost Facing!

A few years a go friend and I took a Tailoring Diploma together. I really enjoy pattern drafting, I should do this more often.

A few years a go friend and I took a Tailoring Diploma together. I really enjoy pattern drafting, I should do this more often.

Monday Step 3: Cut out Lining ant test fit, finish cutting

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Found everything I need to get on with it, except the cutting table! Things have been piling up in my studio. I can’t even see it from the door. Good news, found the cutting table, tools and sewing machine under the mountain… the bad news, my serger is MIA. Todayz mission accomplished, once I tossed everything out of the studio and got out the rotary cutter, mats, ran out to get some pins, and got organized. Everything went smoothly 🙂 Lol what fun! My upstairs hall is a minefield, but I don’t care!  Ignore complaints is my motto!

In the evening my hero found the serger! He also sorted the storage room and looked after the hall, so all set for tomorrow :0)

Tuesday Step 4: Serge

I am really enjoying working with this fabric, and I forgot how much fun using my serger was.

I am really enjoying working with this fabric, and I forgot how much fun using my serger was.

Tutorial: Serger tension tips

Wednesday Step 5:  Sew – Lined Neckline and Armhole  with Ghost facing, and Invisible Zipper.

Ghost Facing, it lays inside the dress, not attached to the lining. Use this method when fabric is light and the facing would otherwise show through as a ridge on the surface of the fabric. I needed to face this as the neckline and armhole required stabilizing.

Ghost Facing, it lays inside the dress, not attached to the lining. Use this method when fabric is light and the facing would otherwise show through as a ridge on the surface of the fabric. I needed to face this as the neckline and armhole required stabilizing. This pattern had no facings.

Ok Huston we had a problem. Dry fit front of dress, lining and facing. Shoulder seam and neckline adjustment needed. Major reworking of underarm and side seams:0)

Invisible Zipper tutorial as a reminder or this tutorial for regular foot 

Everything done but the hem :0)

Everything done but the hem :0)

 Note I am not showing the hem, I am disgusted could not get it straight, thought me or the pattern… turns out that my Judy has a list… called it a day. Something to do tomorrow. My awesome, sweetheart has offered to crawl on the floor with a ruler. That’s just one of the things I adore about him :0) 

The Finished Dress with purchased Jacket

The Dress 1.0 with purchased Jacket

The Dress 1.0 with purchased Jacket

Meanwhile back at The Plan

Wednesday

Easy Peasy Shawl started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

All Done!

All Done!

Thursday

Mile a minute afghan  

Only did 2nd row on 2 sections, got tied up in trying to hem my dress...

Only did 2nd row on 2 sections, got tied up in trying to hem my dress…

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 40% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  30% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 40% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots vest 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 80% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 =  79 + 1 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11 – 1 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 67 + 2 = 69

Books 2013 = 21 + 1 + 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christina - a Babys Smile Knits
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 07:42:49

    wow that dress is coming together fast and I love the colour you chose.

    Reply

  2. Melissa
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 08:44:43

    Believe me….I can feel your frustration about finding fluffy clothes. Great job on your dress, sounds like you enjoyed getting back to dress making.

    Reply

  3. Carrie
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 09:21:57

    OH yes, IM in…Fluffy People classic clothing. I would love some classic day dresses. Like housewifes use to wear…nice and cool.

    Reply

  4. Chrisknits
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:15:46

    I don’t need fluffy clothes, I just need clothes that meet the floor or actually cuff at my wrists! I am 1″-2″ too tall for Misses, but not tall enough, nor do I want to pay, for Tall Misses. I just need 2″ more length in pant legs and sleeves!! Is that too much to ask for? LOL. Love the dress! So classy.

    Reply

  5. Minding My Own Stitches
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 12:46:20

    You’re an awesome sewer. I’d have given in and opted for the cheap and cheerful loud print 🙂

    Reply

  6. Ferretmania
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 17:29:02

    Wow you’re a fast sewer 🙂 it looks great, very stylish and classy . Makes me want to start sewing again .

    Reply

  7. Andrea Morrison (@wonderwhygal)
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 18:42:44

    I Love that dress! I love that you can sew!

    Reply

  8. kitenswithmittens
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 21:24:26

    Been a while, my back is a little sore from time at the sewing machine. I suspect that you use different muscles for knitting and sewing :0)

    Reply

  9. sarah in the woods
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 06:46:49

    So much going on! Your projects are great.

    Reply

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