Thursday, January 15, 2015

MOB Dress V1 is complete!


Live from the garden for a change! It has been so long since I took photos outside. But my patio and walks have been cleaned of  their rainy season mold, the air is lovely and cool, and the sun is staying just behind the clouds - perfect for the camera. 

Ms. Squirrel let me down, no doubt getting into trouble in the neighborhood with her buddies...

I finished this 'muslin' not long after I posted ideas for my MOB dress and showed the bodice of this dress.  I love it. And I love ITY knit. It's just heavenly to sew and wear. Once it's sewn, the iron goes away forever, and it travels like a dream. 
Clementine Floral ITY Knit - Fabric Mart

To reprise, it's a mix of two patterns:

Bodice and skirt - New Look 6936

Sleeves and bodice sleeve armscye redraft - Vogue 1315

I added a 1.5" waistband and casing (finished width), in which I inserted 3/4" elastic. The casing is woven broadcloth, which supports the weight of the ITY skirt. 


The bodice, skirt, and waistband are all 42" in width, so no gathering is required :-) The small gathers provided by the elastic are just enough to ease my full bust and allow the skirt to fall nicely past my hips without clinging.


I'm really pleased with the bodice - all that careful fitting paid off.


Ideas continue - I just finished the muslin of another dress, totally different from this one. And I like it so much that I ordered some fabric for a second version. Ashley's colors are pink and latte, so I'm keeping them in mind as I shop. I definitely will not wear orange!

Lawn - Fabric Mart, Cotton/poly sweater knit - Fabric.com

I also got the Vogue 8885 shrug pattern in the mail, and I've put it aside as too fussy. Instead I'm working on a muslin of View B of McCalls 6461 - it's one of my very favorite cardigan patterns. I've sewn it 4 times in various ways, and admit I've never blogged it.

It has a really cute twisted tee pattern thrown in. I've not sewn it, but I've seen some nice versions on the web.


A couple more pics - Ashley's bridal shower is the end of January, maybe I'll wear this dress!




Ciao! Coco

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I'm jsut wondering if you will wear it with a belt or a sash. Something about an elastic waist says "casual" to me. And this is a very special occasion!

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    1. Hi! If I use this pattern for the wedding, the fabric will be a little 'fancier' - but no belt or sash. Ashley's wedding is not formal, her gown is tea length, the gents will be in suits, the bridesmaids in short dresses. Very intimate in size and venue. Will be wonderful.

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  2. Love it. Very fresh looking and feminine. A lovely dress.

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  3. Lovely! The colors are very flattering.

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    1. Thank you, Bunny. Orange is one of my favorite colors, it just makes me feel good :-)

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  4. Gorgeous dress. It looks effortless and lovely. It does look casual but I know that's what you want. I guess it's a different mindset to MOB's stressing over their outfits almost as much as the bride!

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    1. You're so right, Val. The wedding service will be in a patio garden, off the reception area. She and Darrin have a great DJ lined up - bar, dinner, and boogy. Their friends are such fun, and my almost-6 grandson will be there also. I think he was born dancing. I'm enjoying fooling around with my dress - but I just want Ashley to shine and sparkle and feel like a princess. Which she is :-)

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  5. Coco, this is going to be a really pretty MOB dress. Have you shown us the fabric yet?

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Fabrics...I don't know! There's more coming in. I'm really spoiling myself.

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  6. I love the way you merged the patterns and I think you are going to look awesome!!!! XOXO - the Bride

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  7. Well, won't you be breezy and beautiful in your MOB dress. I think it looks spectacular!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa. I love to waft around :-)

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  8. So Elizabeth Taylor! Glamourous look with ease of wearing

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  9. Love it! You wear orange so well, I'm just a tad jealous! ;)

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco