Spring has sprung!
I love NYC in the Springtime. It’s just gorgeous here and I knew I wanted to wear something springy today. Something I haven’t worn since summer last year. The odd thing though is that it is only mid-March, not even officially Spring yet. Despite how warm it is today and how beautiful the day is here, I feel slightly funny breaking out something so springy and/or summery to wear at my conservative finance workplace. I had weird fantasies that people would see me and then break out laughing for wearing such springy colors so early.
I wore it anyway and received not one but two unsolicitations on my dress!!! I must admit to feeling quite proud right now. One unsolicitation was from a late 40’s executive in my office building and the other was from a 20-something co-worker. Now if that’s not a sign that this dress totally rocks, I don’t know what is, because that’s a mighty wide demographic in terms of age and taste.
What’s that? Oh, you want to know which dress it was? Why, the silk twill B5147 sheath dress of course. A classic sheath in an unusual and beautiful graphic border print. Tasteful but still a little edgy and definitely one of a kind.
Of course you know I am gonna be breaking out this handsome piece soon.
In other sewing news, I finally made a decision on my colorblock dress design. I went with something safe that I felt confident about being able to execute using my TNT sheath dress, B5147. As I have never cut up or significantly altered the look of a pattern before, I wanted to make something simple, but that still had some color impact. Last night, I started tracing out my pattern and cutting it up. I got as far as cutting out the front piece only as I wasn’t sure how to add the colorblocking to the back pattern piece so that it would match up exactly with the front piece. How the front bust darts actually changed the length of the front pattern piece once sewn hurt my head when I tried to figure out where the changes in color would happen on the back. (Was that a run-on sentence? I don’t care, my brain still hurts from all the mental contortions I had to make last night just to get the front pattern piece sewn up.)
My plan of attack is to make a muslin of the back pattern piece to baste to the completed and darted front of the dress and to mark the style lines directly on the back muslin. Then I will take it apart and cut it up to use as my pattern pieces for the back. Lengthy process? Yes. Worth it for the perfectionist in me? Definitely.
I am really excited about this dress. Not only is it a color combo that I adore, but it’s my first foray into using a TNT to create a dress of my own vision (design sounds so hoity-toity for the kind of shots in the dark I am making in this process). If it works, I could totally see other colorblock dresses in my future. I will note however, for those of you who have never attempted this kind of thing before, it is a rather lengthy and complicated process for the uninitiated. At least it is to me as I am not a 3D person naturally.
Happy sewing everyone!