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!