Back before I was a garment sewer, I followed The Sew Weekly. Sadly the project was abandoned at the end of last year. But then along came the chance to sew along with The Sew Weekly Reunion, and I was in.
The Reunion challenge is to sew a garment from the Pantone Fall Color Palette. Here’s what I came up with:
Fabric: The main fabric is a floral print stretch cotton sateen (From my Mood Fabrics shopping trip.) The skirt is lined with white Bemberg rayon, and the facings/armhole bias tape is made with some plain white cotton sateen.
Notions: Regular zipper, embroidery floss for garment label.
Pantone Challenge colors: Acai and Vivacious
Pattern: Peony Dress by Colette Patterns. (Modified as follows: no sleeves, converted front skirt pleats to gathers, RTW belt in place of sewn belt.)
Time to complete: About a week.
First worn: I plan to wear it to work next week.
Wear again? Absolutely.
Total Cost: ?? Honestly, I don’t really care. Wait, that sounds bad. I do care about what I spend on sewing, and I don’t have an unlimited budget!! But I worried about the price when I bought the fabric. I determined it was in budget at that time. After the initial purchase, I let go of thinking about the cost. Otherwise, I get worried about “ruining” the fabric and then won’t sew it up.
This is my second Peony. (First one is here.) I was running short on time to get this dress made before the deadline for the Reunion, so I wanted to make something that I knew already fit. The fabric is the same as my first one (stretch cotton sateen) but for some reason this one turned out a little looser. You can see a little puckering below the belt, which is the excess ease at the waist getting nipped in: