At Fabricana’s New Year sale, I asked Andrea for fabric suggestions. (Andrea has been my go-to fabric cutter since I started sewing. She introduced me to Sewaholic Patterns and is a major Lady Gaga fan) She picked out a $9.98/m navy cotton-blend with a bit of stretch. Decent for a dress with little ease. For the contrast collar, I picked an orange quilting cotton with a paisley/spiral design. This would match nicely with the orange piping.
From experience, I have to watch out for several fit issues:
- Sloped right shoulder
- Excess fabric on right-side of back bodice
- Shorten dress by 1-2″ (depends on style)
- Grade up a size in waist area (I’m a 6-8-6, bust-waist-hip, on this pattern)
I made a wearable muslim from a pair of oversized pants. (Why not reuse something that doesn’t fit)
There are 3 | 3 darts in the bust area. When I tried on the muslim, the darts looked like they were facing the wrong direction. Instead of lying nicely under my bust, they are all turned outwards. I ironed it again to see if it would make a difference, same problem. I’m guessing it is more suited for a bustier/wider person. Then I tried the size 0 darts on the size 6 piece. The darts are in the correct position but it the fit looks bumpy. Will see how it is on the real fabric.
There are 1 | 1, two mini darts on the back bodice piece above the midriff. The darts are roughly 2″ long and are much shorter after attaching the midriff. For a moment, I thought the back piece was the front. It could pass as a front bodice with the positioning of the 2 darts. There was too much fabric in the back. I extended the darts by 1.5″ and sewed them with a slight curve. The results are better than before. I wonder if the excess fabric was intended to support any ‘back ass’.
The dress is in 4 pieces right now: Front/Back Bodice and Front/Back Skirt. I pinned the pieces together as if I had sewn a 5/8″ seam. My initial reaction was just how cute the orange piping is on the pockets. As for fit, I’m worried about too much fabric around the hip area. Might take it in a bit.
This neckline is W I D E. I fear the shoulder would drop off on the side if I sew it at 5/8″ seam. Maybe sewing it at 3/8″ will be better off. Have to consider hiding my bra underneath the dress, don’t want any bit peeking out.
Alterations so far…
- Size 0 front bodice darts
- Extended size 6 back darts by 1.5″
The one almighty dress everyone must have in their closet for any situation possible is…*drumroll*…the Little Black Dress.
Fashion magazines, stylists, and designers swears by the importance of having “the little black dress”. Versatile is often used to describe the dress. The dress can be matched with anything, a coat, eye-catching handbag, killer heels, or bling (look at Coco Chanel!).
The most famous version of the little black dress would be the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Designed by Givenchy in 1961, the simple floor-length dress oozed glamour and sophistication.
No doubt, those two dresses are great. But where can I find one that fits ‘me’. I’ve been searching for the little black dress to replace my go-to black outfit for presentations; simple t-shirt, pants, heels, and a scarf to accessorize. There are times when I want a dress to match everything in the closet. (not always a practical idea though…)
I have been pondering between patterns to determine my ideal little black dress. The contenders are:
Rooibos by Colette Pattern
This pattern can be both casual and professional, plus it’s suitable for year round. My concern is the fit on the upper torso, its illusion to make the tummy look flat is perks. However if the fit is wrong, everything is wrong.
How cute is the piping on the pockets!!
Gertie for Butterick B5953
I’m hesitant on the getting this pattern because I can’t justify if I will make more than one version of the garment. This pattern breathes Mad Men. Then again, I’m afraid it will look too costume than serious boardroom. (Classroom in my case)
Time to sleep on the idea of making The Little Black Dress…