I bet you’re wondering how my dress is coming along.
I did make the 2nd muslin on Tuesday night. I cut it out and sewed it. In one night. That’s a record for me. I usually sew slower than a snail. If you’ll remember, I had the great idea to make it a size smaller in real muslin, because the sz 14 in a stretchy knit was gargantuan. Folks, that sz 12 would have made a hoochie mama blush. I could barely get it over my hips and you could forget about ever zipping it up the back.
It’s not all bad though, for two good realizations came out of this process:
- I could reasonably be assured that I can go ahead and make this in a sz 14 in my double-knit fabric and just baste the side seams, fitting as I go.
- This dress is gorgeous.
I absolutely adore this dress. The cut is very flattering. I love the pleats going up the bodice, so cute and flattering at the same time.
Now, about those princess seams… I tried the “clipping the curve” method to get the princess seams not to pucker and gather as I sewed them, but it did not work. I think the curved part is just too deep a curve. I might have to flatten that curve a bit.
And my only worry about going straight to the fashion fabric is that I have not muslined the sleeves at all yet. I’m just going to treat it like I treat making a left hand turn against on-coming, close my eyes, hit the pedal and just go for it. 😉
Ok, here’s the confession part of the post: I was going to cut my double-knit last night, but I suffered from the deer in headlights syndrome. I pre-treated it and it came out all lovely and soft and beautiful and I just got scared to cut into it. So I did my Xmas cards and laundry instead. But tonight is another sewing night my friends and this hoochie mama needs a new dress! I think this might be a two or three night process. I might get this dress done over the weekend. We’ll see. I’m not making any promises.
One quick question: I can get kind of obsessive over things at times (shocking to you, I know), and I can’t stop thinking about color blocking. Do you think I could use a different color knit for the center of the dress (i.e. betweeen the princess seams) or just leave well enough alone and make it in just one color? Here’s a picture of the envelope to refresh your memory.
Happy sewing everyone!