Friday was my birthday, so I made a new dress to celebrate. 🙂
I found this steel blue brocade at the fabric shop a couple weeks ago when I ran in to get a zipper. The first brocade dress I made got ruined, so I’ve had my eye out for a replacement. When I saw this fabric I thought it was perfect.
I used the same pattern as my ruined dress, which is a heavily modified version of Colette’s Truffle dress. (More info on the mods here.) I reclaimed the lining from my first dress. It was a hassle to pick the dress apart, but I didn’t want to waste the Bemberg rayon.
I did have a slight hiccup with the fit on this dress, and it’s honestly a bit too tight. I realized after the fact, that I had trimmed the back seam allowances off the pattern pieces at one point, thinking I’d make a version with a side zipper. But I didn’t add them back in before cutting this one. That was mistake number one. Then, I decided to peg the bottom of the skirt a little more than my last dress. That was mistake number two.
On Friday, about 20 minutes before I was supposed to leave for lunch with my boss, I noticed the side seam, right above the hem, had SPLIT OPEN!! I don’t know about you, but that is seriously one of my biggest sewing fears. I panicked for a minute, then starting digging in my drawers to find a way to fix it. I didn’t have any safety pins, so I thought I’d have to staple the dress together. But at the last second I saw that I had a needle and tiny bit of thread in my bottom drawer. I have no idea how it got there, but I’ve never been so happy to find something random in my desk. 🙂
I rushed down the hall to the bathroom, stripped off my dress and sewed up the seam. Crisis adverted! I made it to my birthday lunch on time, and in one piece. I think I will from now on always keep a spare needle and thread at work. 🙂
Anyway, here’s some flat shots:
Rather than try and attach the lining to the back kick pleat, which I always struggle with, I just cut it off above the opening.
Here you can really see the detail in the fabric. I just love it.
Aside from my too tight dress drama, I had a wonderful birthday. Look at this cute card one of my co-workers gave me! Kinda want to copy that dress. 😉
I also got to stop by Mood earlier in the week. I was in LA for a day, and was able to squeeze in a quick fabric shopping trip. Here’s my birthday presents to myself. From top to bottom: a navy and white striped ponte knit; a polka dot ITY knit; a deep teal green cotton (I know, it looks black); some white shirting cotton, and black wool for a suit jacket.
Now I just have to decide which one I want to sew up first. . . .