The hot hazy days of summer are fast approaching, and with it a wardrobe stocktake and assessment. No more hiding under winter sweaters and jackets for me.
This week I made this plain shift dress, an exercise in fitting and some new techniques. As a result of my surgery six months ago, my shape has changed a bit, and I needed to get back to basics with pattern fitting.
One of my all-time favourite bloggers is Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic. Carolyn sews all the time and her posts are full of useful information and sewing tips. Inspired by Carolyn, I carefully made the necessary adjustments to this basic shift shape, including taking some fullness away from the front armhole, and re-aligning the bust darts.
I tried one of her tips, ironing 1 inch strips of interfacing into the back seams to stabilise it before inserting the zip. It works like a dream! I'll certainly do this in future - just thinking of a lifetime of zips placed slightly askew makes me shudder now. Instead of my usual habit of cutting facings for the armholes, I tried another tip and use bias binding instead. Quick and Easy.
My next project, and one I have been looking forward to for ages, is to make Vogue V8805.
I have bought a pale pink linen for the top section, and am trying to match its weight in navy linen for the centre/main body of the dress. What colour do you suggest for the skirt panel?
I have something in mind, but it will depend on what I can find.
Before we know it, it will be waaaaay too hot to wear jeans, coloured or not.
But in the meantime, I bought a yellow knit ....
and a minty green lace top, both from friendly Chain Shops at the mall.
Currently they work well with my bright pink jeans.
Maybe later on with cool white linen.
I think there are some important sporting events this weekend.
While Mr C and my brother-in-law are busy watching, possibly drinking beer and consuming - oh, maybe some gourmet pies, - my sister and I will be doing Important Womens Business.
Anything we can think of, really ...
Have a truly great weekend