Challenge: Fall for Cotton. Vintage inspired sewing challenge where only cotton is allowed.
Inspiration for the challenge: I really wanted to do this 1960’s dress but was lacking motivation due earlier muslin issues. When I had the opportunity to attend some more drafting classes in Brazil, I took the opportunity to revisit it. My teachers suggested that instead of the double diagonal fisheye darts I had originally intended, I should make them as pattern piece. Doohh!!! Keep it simple, girl. Especially as Claire will turn these into a free PDF. She is coming spend the day with me to plot ideas.
I absolutely love how this turned out. The only issue is that the fabric doesn’t showcase the pattern design as well.
The bust darts are inwards meeting at the centre front and the waist shaping is made out of cut out piece.I feel that my initial idea of adding piping would make a better visual impact. Maybe the next one?
To my defence, beyond trying to keep a strong theme, Brazilian fabrics are so expensive. We are so spoiled here in the UK.
Let’s talk construction, shawl we. Invisible zippers make it a perfect closure. I don’t mind buttons however for body hugging outfits there is nothing better.
Instead of using facing (which I drafted) the dress was finished with a lovely floral bias. Honestly, sometimes I take ages to finish a project that is on “almost there’ because I don’t want to make a particular boring stage. This dress was on that limbo for a week. Anyone else feels the same about procrastinating on the mundane?