Flutter dress – not so fluttery!

Completed the flutter dress and quickly fell out of love with it nearing the end. Why? I lost my enthusiasm for it… despite the drapey fabric, instead of fluttery goodness, it felt as if I had wings… bat wings. From that moment on, this project officially became a ‘painful sew’. Adding to this, was the huge sleeve opening which shows a lot of side boob (will definitely need a camisole/slip underneath), the wrestling that I had to make the sleeve facings behave when I hand sewed them in place + I’m seriously undecided about the adapted A line skirt. Without the addition of the belt, the dress looks and feels like a droopy, shapeless bag.

Ok, so will I wear it?? Hmm, maybe… I can’t see this dress existing in the wardrobe too long. On the plus side, I’m pleased that I didn’t give up and abandon this to the uncompleted projects pile. Verdict: a blah dress.

Next sew please!

Postscript: I wore this to school chapel last night and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed wearing the flutter dress teamed with a belt, jacket & heels. Second verdict: an ok dress

Flutter dress – under construction

Yes the flutter dress is under construction. I’ve almost completed the top (have to add the sleeve facings), the skirt is largely finished (I opted to have an A-line shape to the skirt with soft pleats replacing the darts for shaping). Remember the self tie idea from my last post? I think I’m going to abandon that and just add a smart belt to finish the look. All that’s needed is attaching the top and skirt together before adding the zip (I’m putting in an invisible zip) and hand finishing.

So far this dress has been an easy sew. I’m looking forward to finishing the flutter dress and showing you the end result in the not too distant future.

Flutter dress – concept

My next sew is Vogue 9021 (dress B) made up in the paisley print rayon shown above. Both items were purchased from Fab Fabrics (pattern was $5 on sale and the fabric an astounding $10 per metre)

Vogue 9021 is an easy to sew, multi sized pattern. It was the flutter sleeves that enticed me to add this to my wardrobe. The main challenge with the design concept of this dress is that I don’t suit the ‘straight’ skirt style. I need room to move in the tummy/hips/thigh area. So… I’m going to change the shape of the skirt to a slight ‘A line, without compromising the look of the dress too much. I might even add a self tie belt to help enhance the new shape.

Meridian dress – complete

Meridian dress – Front
Meridian dress – Back

The Meridian dress is complete!

The wedding is tomorrow – so I’m chuffed to have got this made with a bit of time to spare. Apart from replacing the fabric loop and button closure at the back with a hook and eye, I stayed true to the pattern. Overall, it was an easy sew. Very happy with the result.

Next on the sewing list is a flutter sleeve dress.

Meridian dress – construction

Yes I have started to construct this dress. At the time of writing this, I have the front + back panels complete and ready for the invisible zip. Then all that’s left to do is close up the sides, set in the sleeves, hemming + hand sewing back closure.

I’m very pleased with how this dress has been put together. This is the first time that I’ve used a Papercut pattern and the instructions are simple and straight forward to follow. They also have online tutorials on their website to assist sewers with construction dilemmas.

Meridian dress – the fabric

Had a successful fabric shopping experience at Fab Fabrics. I found the ideal fabric for my Meridian dress – this lovely 140cm wide rayon at an astounding sale price of $10 per metre. It has a lovely soft drape and a vintage inspired floral pattern. I think it will make up beautifully as a short sleeve, longer length Meridian dress.

Even though I’m making the Meridian dress to wear to a wedding – I think it will also be a perfect dress to wear to work, church or out to dinner.

That’s what I call versatile ‘investment sewing’!

Meridian dress – Part 1

meridian

I’m starting my ‘return to blogland’ sewing journey with the signature style Meridian dress from Papercut Patterns based here in New Zealand.

I’ve borrowed the pattern from my daughter who made this dress in a black crepe, saving $30 and the headache of pdf printing + sticking bits of paper together. I’m a purpose sewer – I have to be sewing something to wear somewhere – and my goal is to have this dress finished and ready to wear to a wedding early next month.

My vision is to find a patterned rayon fabric with a lovely drape. There’s nothing suitable in the fabric stash (believe me, I’ve looked!) Time to go fabric shopping. There’s a new fabric store just opened up nearby Fab Fabrics that I’m very keen to check out.