Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mini Wardrobe: V1395

First things first...

THIS DRESS TOOK SO DAMN LONG!!!!!!!!

I seriously thought I would finish up my projects this weekend but holy cow! Yes, we had a sort of busy one and I didn't sew at all Friday night but good grief! Between the binding and the french seams and the narrow hems...ACK!

But I finished it and I LOVE it!!!


My husband doesn't like it. But he doesn't like anything I make that is loose/flowy so I wasn't surprised. But then he said, "It makes you look wide." I happen to disagree. I think he dislikes the fullness from the elasticized waist but I am digging it so...I just won't wear it on date nights! :-p

Specifics:
*Time to complete: Forever

*Fabric: A lot of rayon challis and a little cotton voile 
I was going to get the bemberg but I didn't feel like going to JoAnn so I dug through the stash and found this pinkish-purplish cotton voile

*Thread: I went with red since it was the dominant color; it works.

*Size: Straight 16
I need to get it through my thick skull that I need an FBA. This has plenty of circumference but not enough length. It slightly rides up in front. Next time I'd cut a 14 and do an FBA. I'd also lengthen the bodice about an inch for some blousing.





Wide??





Construction wasn't difficult EXCEPT for the stupid shoulder sleeve! Will someone please read that and interpret what Vogue is trying to communicate!?!? Please!!!!

I hate this casing method. Hate. Hate. Hate.

I french seamed it all...time consuming but worth it. There are bias bindings applied to the neckline and armholes and it's done flat. THIS IS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The lining was just serged (hey...no one will see it!). I serged the hem and turned up and stitched. For the fashion fabric I did a narrow hem.

Oh and if you're a tall person; this will be a mini dress...may want to lengthen it.

Hmmm....what else...the armholes area  bit low, even with the overlay. And the overlay makes it almost impossible to lift your arms up. I mean, how much arm lifting are you doing in a dress?? But still...

A very pretty dress that takes awhile but is worth the effort!

55 comments:

  1. I love this! Looks like a fantastic everyday dress that you could also wear for special occasions. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I've tried it on at least 5 times!!

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  2. Your husband sounds exactly like mine. They know nothing. You look fab. I have this pattern...don't know if it wil happen this summer.

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    1. Thanks! :-) They don't know...they only think they do!

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  3. pretty pretty pretty! I'm glad you took the time to make this dress - it is beautiful! I don't think your husband is right. You look great in it!

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  4. Hubby is wrong on this one, all wrong. This is beautiful, and well made to boot. Where is that beautiful fabric from? One thought about lifting your arms - you mentioned 1) the armholes are low, and 2) you need a bit of a FBA. Having the armhole too low, in my experience, can restrict arm movement. I've also had restricted arm movement from not having enough room across the bust. (Although I don't see pulling across your chest.) Some food for thought! You look beautiful in this colorful dress!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I got it in a destash from a Pattern Review member. Great investment at $1/yard!

      YES! You are right. This happened to me one other time with a sleeveless top. I didn't understand how the low armholes restricted movement but I was told that. So it makes sense.

      It's not tight around...I think the finished bust is 42.5 and I'm around 39.5. But it gets "caught" on the bust and I have to pull it back down.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love this dress!

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  5. I think it's a cute dress on you.

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  6. how can hubby not like this? it's GORGEOUS on you...
    (men!)

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    1. Thanks SewTypical! He probably thinks I should make everything a half size too small and in Lycra! :-p

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  7. Fantastic dress! Love the fabric and colour on you!

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  8. Definitely not wide! I love it .. it looks great. $1 yard! Wow, that's the bargain of the century plus it's beautiful.

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  9. I can see why you love this dress Nakisha. It suits you so well. The colours are lovely and the shape is flattering. Beautiful sewing.

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  10. It looks cute on you, good job!

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  11. I respectfully disagree with the hubby, he's totally off his rocker if he thinks this makes you look wide! You look great in that dress and those colo[u]rs! It is very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Graca!!! He doesn't know any better! :)

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  12. Husband=wrong. Your dress=cute and un-wide. Man, I love that fabric!

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    1. SO wrong! :) I was sure I'd have more of it left but...wah...maybe enough for a sleevless or cap-sleeved top.

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  13. I'm glad this worked out for you! After my rayon-challis-sewing-nightmare, I'm happy someone else had a positive experience with the fabric from Hades. You do not look wide at all.

    Men are just stupid. New guy tells me that there is more to life than sewing. Yeah...this is not going to work.

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    1. Hahaha! Dump him now!!! :-D

      Thanks L!

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  14. Girl--this is ADORABLE on you. :-) Don't even stress about the FBA. I know you see it and it bugs, but no one is even noticing.

    Okay, confession time.

    1. I have the same fabric. LOL. I saw the two four-yard remnants for sale at Pattern Review and I bit, and I love that you were the other one that bit.

    2. I am entering the mini-wardrobe contest, but haven't gotten around to any of my reviews, 'cause on the road and all, but I made a rayon challis summer dress almost like yours, but from a tropical print rayon from Fabric Mart instead. It would have been hilarious had I used the remnant instead. We would have been twinsies. I was *this* close to using it, too.

    :-)

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    1. Oh and my hubby is so blah about my projects. Annoying, especially since I spend so much time on them. He has given some of my favorites the side eye. Everyone else loves them, but not him. Granted he wants me in plaid Madras shorts and polo shirts all the time (such a preppy boy!), so I shouldn't be surprised. ;-)

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    2. EEEEEEK! It makes me ridiculously excited that you got the other half of the fabric! SO cool!!! :-) Can't wait to see what you make of it!

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    3. And, he has to know that you cannot be trapped in madras and pique all the time! ;-p

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  15. Love the dress, it looks great.

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  16. I agree with everyone else that this dress is stellar!! I love the fabric, and I love the dress on you! The construction on the inside is so clean, and just as beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I soooo wanted to serge it and be done but I knew that wasn't "right" for this dress

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  17. The colors and the style of this dress is wonderful on you. You should make another one!

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    1. Thanks! You know I was scouting the stash for another cut of fabric large enough! :)

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  18. Ignore husband. You look fabulous in our pattern!

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  19. It is so pretty and you do not look wide in it. You look great! The colours !! Love, love

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  20. Great colors! Your dress turned out very beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful dress and fabric!!! I have that pattern and I 'm glad to see it made. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Thank you!! It was time consuming but a really solid pattern. Can't wait to wear it this weekend!

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  22. The dress turned out SPECTACULAR, well worth the time and effort spent!! Well done!!

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  23. This dress is adorable on you.. Love the fabric... [men and their lack of taste...eeeeh but I bet he is sweet any way.hahahha\
    I bought this sale at Hancock Fabrics sale, yesterday..Decided to read the instructions. Wow. that back piece , totally do not understand those instructions.. I also really can not understand why you cut the slashes in it, then sew them up to gather it. Why not just put a small row of gathering?????? Am I missing something? I am almost scared to start it now. But, I really like it..

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    1. I couldn't understand the rational behind that either

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  24. I think it's a beautiful dress that is very flattering on you. It does not make you look wide at all. It cinches you at the waist which I actually think is slimming. Very pretty!

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  25. I love the dress and the fabric - what on earth is your husband talking about?!? I'm tempted to get this pattern now.

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  26. Your dress turned out awesomely! Makes me want to copy you even more. ;) I think it looks just fine from what I can see, FBA-wise, but you've said it rides up, which I know can be so annoying.

    Since you have enough ease AROUND the bust, you could always consider doing a cheater FBA (one that I often use on knits) and just add the needed length to the center front bodice, keeping the added length consistent until directly below your apex and then true out to the side seams. I feel like I'm not explaining it very well, but I can draw you a picture if you want!

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