04 January 2012
Odds and Ends
First, I won this giveaway over at The Feisty Redhead from the Sew Mama, Sew giveaway day. Ah! I'm super excited about both of the patterns and the burdastyle measurement cards! How useful! :D
For those who have been reading for a while, you know that I've been working on princess dresses for my niece. Oh, and matching doll dresses. I used Simplicity 2817 for the Cinderella dress, I'm in the process of working on Simplicity 2065 for Rapunzel. I'm used Simplicity 5705 for both of the doll dresses. You can see in the below pictures my niece wearing her dress and her doll with the matching dress. The picture to the right is the doll dress, without the skirt puffs, with a panel down the front to kind of mock up the inset on the actual rapunzel dress. I used charmeuse for the doll dress. The actual dress will use the same charmeuse and an organza for the skirt overlay and sleeves. The actually dress, of course, will be laced up the front and include the lace trims, but that was entirely too much work for a doll dress and I had a hectic week. I have, however, cut out most of the pieces for the rapunzel dress.. because I was hoping to have enough of that burnt rose colored charmeuse left over for the next item on this post . . .
My initial choice pattern is Simplicity 2145. . . except (oh yea), this pattern (as all of the project runway patterns only goes up to one bust size smaller than I need. The whole thing is so frustrating because I'm pretty sure if I went to try on a ready to wear size 22-24 dress, I would be drowning in it, but when I'm sewing, my bust normally needs that size (and then taken it at the waist or paired with a belt, depending on the cut). So, the finished bust measurement is an inch or two short of my actual bust measurement, so I think I would need add around three inches. I'm not sure what would be the best strategy for this, since the top is a cowl. I think the best plan would be to add two inches straight down the center and then another two inches in the back (which can be taken out, if needed, with relative ease). I'm not sure, though, I've never done it.
All of the other patterns I've looked at that have the look I want and in my head would look good in challis.. oh, they're stretch only. Which leads me to something else that annoys me. I'm really trying hard to go with more structured garments vs the knits that I'm comfortable in. A lot of my clothes and styles actually make me look bigger than I am because I'm so focused on down playing the size of my chest. I think that more structure would be able to smooth everything out. However, the Khaliah Ali Collection from Simplicity . . . most of the dresses are for stretch materials! So, I can't use them with my challis. waaahhh yea, I know. I might cut out the pattern for 2145 tonight and see how I feel about it, maybe I'll use some scrap fabric to mock up the bodice and see how it looks, but being a cowl neck I just really don't want it to end up too right over my chest aaahh Suggestions? has anyone made this pattern?
I'm hoping to get another Lace Your Way Through Anything tutorial up this week. I'm also considering doing another pattern giveaway. Any thoughts? What would you like to see in a giveaway?