My friends, I am sure you will all agree that if one has gone to the trouble of altering a TNT pattern, one must dutifully use said altered pattern more than once to justify the effort. (Although one could argue that the fuchsia and orange colorblock dress was all the justification needed.) I ask you, why stop at just one?
This weekend, I burned the midnight sewing machine oil. So much so that I have a sewing hangover today. I cut out my beloved floral linen purchased at Chic fabrics (I think) last summer and much petted since then. As soon as I finished the colorblock dress I knew, just knew, I had to cut into my floral loveliness right away. How did I know this? Let’s just say that the fabric called to me from within the depths of my fabric closet. It was quite insistent that it be accented with the green linen I used last year for my linen pants. Who am I to argue with fabric? Especially when the two paired together were a match made in fabric heaven.
I don’t know what it is about this version of B5147, but it just screams Mad Men to me. Maybe a little Betty Draper? Is it the floral or the color palette? Not sure, but I just love this dress.
New stuff on this dress:
- I lengthened the skirt part of the dress for the floral section and decreased the bottom hem band to match the width of the waistband. I wanted to maximize the floral impact while still having some solid bands of accent color.
- I remembered to interface the zipper area. It was definitely needed as this linen had a very soft hand.
- I used Trena’s method of machine sewing the lining to the zipper tape. Loved it!!! Thanks Trena!
- I didn’t have matching topstitching thread for the green linen, so I just doubled up on thread and used the topstitching needle. It seemed to do the trick.
- I tried to cut carefully and in one layer to avoid floral pasties on the bust points and to pattern match on the back. I was mostly successful. I still need to work on this skill though.
One thing I forgot to mention about making the colorblock dress and now this dress was that I did not look at the pattern instructions once. Not once people!!! I just sewed a dress. I thought through my order of construction and just started sewing. And both dresses worked. They’re both wearable. Not only wearable, but I love them! Does this mean I have graduated to some new sewing level? Seriously, I never thought I would ever get to the point where I wouldn’t need the instructions sitting right next to the machine at all times. How awesome is this? I know it’s just a sheath dress and that I have made it before, but I am still tickled by this fact.
Even though it was a tad chilly and windy today in NYC, I still wore my dress to work. Hey, if I’m going to stay up late to finish a dress, I am sure as heck fire gonna wear it the next day. You don’t leave a brand new cute dress hanging in the closet. You just don’t!
And now for some photographic evidence.
And a bonus pic of my Singer Featherweight in action. I love this machine! I used it almost entirely on the last two projects.
Once again, thank you for all the great responses to my colorblock dress. You gals/guys are the best. And as a matter of fact, a woman stopped her car in the middle of traffic to tell me she loved the colorblock dress on my commute home from work last week. Can you believe that? An unsolicitation in traffic!!!
Hey, you know what I just realized? I almost have enough B5147 versions to wear them to work all week (the silk twill border print, the black eyelet with turquoise underlining, the colorblock, and my new floral). I just need one more. Hmmmm… Well, we’ll see. I have to get through today’s sewing hangover first.