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.
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.