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2012 January 9
by elizabeth_admin

This weekend when I was working up the muslin for B5523, I had a (for me) major epiphany.  I had some weird shade of purple doubleknit in my stash and since the little voice in my head was whispering about FBAs, I at least had the forethought to use a fabric that was not 100% in the like column.  As I was cutting it out, I kept thinking how this is such a strange color and that I couldn’t possibly get away with having the entire dress made out of this fabric (at this stage I was still working under the delusion of magical sewing and how the FBA I needed would magically disappear).  I thought I would look like a giant blueberry walking around regardless of how I styled the dress. 

And that’s when it happened folks.  My epiphany.  I mused (haha, this is a Muse dress) that maybe I could use a contrasting color fabric for the skirt of the dress.  Maybe black.  I had some in the stash as it so happened.  That way the weird purple would only be an accent color rather than the only or main color.  In that moment I knew I was on to something.  I knew I had pure genius gold on my hands. 

Then my eyes happened to glance at the pattern envelope.


See the picture on the right?  Yep that one.  The one with the contrasting colors.  Yep.  Someone had the audacity to have this idea before me.  Can you believe that?!?

Isn’t it funny how we are all on our own creative journey, sometimes in a vacuum it seems.  Ideas are rarely new, they’re just new to us.  Someone may have already thought of it first.  I have to admit though, I was quite proud of myself for thinking outside my box.  I tend to have a very narrow vision.  It has its pros and cons.  I am very good with the details, but not great with the big picture.  In my box, two colors in a dress is an epiphany.  Trust me, it is.

And that weird purple is great, in the small doses of accent color land. 

Long story long, I am in the process of working out my first FBA with a dartless pattern.  I am quite enjoying the puzzle of it.  Or course, I have some questions about it, but I am hounding some people behind the scenes “researching” it today.  I hope to have more to show in the next couple of days.

As for my muslin, I think I know someone it might fit who is not as chesty as I am but a little fuller elsewhere.  If it does and she likes it.  I will hem the sleeves and skirt for her. 

In other sewing news, I have plans on getting a dressform and coverstitch machine.  It’s time people.  I am past due for a dressform and hemming knits is driving me crazy without a coverstitch.  2012 feels like it’s going to be an amazing year people.  I can’t wait!

Happy sewing!

10 Responses leave one →
  1. January 9, 2012

    Ooh. I didn’t realize this dress had that cute back detail. Like a coat. I like it!

  2. January 9, 2012

    Yay for your new, fun dress! Can’t wait to see it!

    FBA’s are a snap and you’ll get it down quickly. For non-princessy versions, I’d recommend FFRP (this gal does it, too: or this: For princess, I’m a fan of Sandra Betzina’s method from “Fast Fit” (couldn’t find a link for this…). I’m a C cup, so I always have to do a 1/2″ FBA. Hope this helps!

  3. January 9, 2012

    I have this pattern, but haven’t made it yet – can’t wait to see your version! The purple/black combo sounds great.

    Also, I have a dressform and love it – it helps a lot with swayback adjustments for me on coats and things. I am sure you will really enjoy having one, especially since you make so many dresses. I have been a bit focused on pants lately, so not as much use there.

    I just got a serger two months ago, so it is a bit too soon for the coverstitch for me, but I will want to know details so I can ooh and ahh over it when you get yours.

  4. January 9, 2012

    Good for you for “thinking outside the box”! That can be scary sometimes, but it’s always good to go with your inspiration and take “risks.”


    Also mad props for giving the dress to someone who is likely to wear it.

  5. January 10, 2012

    You will love the coverstitch machine – it is TIME!

  6. January 10, 2012

    I’m overdue on a dressform too. I don’t feel the pull for a second machine, but a dressform really should move up on my priorities.

    When you figure out all the FBA details, I’d like to read about that.

  7. January 10, 2012

    You are so right about being in a creative bubble! Once I get a stroke of creative genius, I then see the same idea everywhere… staring me in the face… saying “duh” at me. LOL

    I bet you could add a dart going from the bust to either the armskye, side seam or waist. Actually, if you look at the model, there are two little ripples from her bust heading toward the side. But I only say that because I had NO LUCK doing an fba on a pattern that had no darts and that I didn’t want to add darts to. So, I await your “research” results!

  8. January 11, 2012

    I love epiphanies, including those have been had already! Wonderful things. And I completely LOVE my coverstitch, so go for it and I look forward to finding out what you end up getting because there are so many to choose from out there. Hemming knit tops etc is a breeze with it.

    I have a dress form on my short term future too and all I have to do is figure out which on is for me. Then make room in my sewing room for it, then figure out how to make it go. Oh what fun that will be. So, I’m excited for you too.

  9. January 11, 2012

    You’ll love having a dressform. I don’t know what I’d do without mine! For one thing it speeds up sewing enormously because I don’t have to keep getting undressed to try the garment on all the time – or is it just me that has to see it on the body at every stage?

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