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.