Hello dear readers!
My motivation was hella helped by our stormy rainy Perth Saturday and a sudden realization that our spare room has pretty good natural light (fab since there was no way I was donning my pretties and going outside).
Okay, maybe not that bad.
So, less talk more pics.
Dress #1 is a classic 50s style shirt dress made from gorgeous black cotton eyelet I got from Gorgeous Fabrics. To see how I drafted the bodice, check out the original post. To draft a half circle skirt, see this great tutorial by By Hand London!
Oh shit, I can’t help myself…here are some construction deets first!! :))))))))
The fabric (surprisingly because I ordered online) was about 2/3 eyelet and 1/3 plain black all along the length of the yardage! After a few air punches I realized I could use this to my advantage. To this end, I folded the self facing so that part of the rever was plain to add some interest. I also used the plain black fabric for the cuff. I really like how this adds more interest and less ‘meh’.
As I just said, I used a self facing which folded over instead of a totally separate facing. I like this idea since it’s a cleaner edge and less trimming (not nuts about trimming, my friends). So, the lining was cut from the pattern pieces minus this facing and fell stitched to the facing.
Okay okay…finished piccies!
Of course I’m also wearing my fav brand new thrifted Dango and Julette red shoes and the skinny belt was also thrifted for a fine $2! I swear everything I own is either me or recycled! PS I also love stockings with a back seam
Okay, next. Dress #2 is a linen ethnic style sleeveless summer dress. Gjeometry commented that it looked like leaded only stained glass, and it really does!
I made a very slight variation for the next dress, but it is a totally different look! All I did was get rid of the collar, make a V-neck and make the skirt an A-line instead of a half circle (to see how to change a straight skirt to an A-line, see my post here). I used a lovely linen from Potters here in Perth and partially lined it with a lovely light cotton batiste.
What did that lining look like, Kat? Glad you asked. If you remember from my last post, I partially lined it up to the princess seam so I could cover the seam allowances since they’re difficult to overlock/serge being curved and whatnot.
I also finished the arm holes with a folded over bias strip of the same fabric
This was seriously VERY nearly the same pattern, but two very very different dresses!
But but…the best thing is…because these are from my block all these pattern pieces are now INTERCHANGEABLE!!!
That’s right, the more you draft from your block the more combinations you can make!!
Do you have a block or do you want one? If you don’t, I hope I’ve sparked some interest!!!
Relax and Enjoy,