I’m gently making progress on my shirt dress. The collar is constructed and basted in place, I just need to put the permanent stitching in then add the buttonholes to the bodice. After that it’s skirt attaching time and it’ll really look like a dress! I’m really proud of the results so far and the inside is looking beautiful – french seams and bound seams!
But my sewing mojo has wandered off for a short while – I suspect due to outside influences like suddenly needing to buy a new truck for my husband’s business as our Land Rover decided starting was too much like work. It’s taken four weeks to fix the Landy (when all along it was just a faulty fuel pump which the ‘specialists’ failed to identify for 3 weeks), a bit of juggling and a small (hah!) amount of stress, but we’ve sorted it. Phew. New truck is being collected end of this week or maybe next – depending when the bit that covers the load bay arrives. We’re getting a twin cab Navara.
Apart from anything else, no truck means no holiday and no Olympic Sailing! So it’s a double relief that its getting sorted.
But, you don’t really want to know about our mechanical and vehicular nightmare! So, whilst I couldn’t summon the energy to sew ‘properly’ I decided to do some virtual sewing. Also known as pulling patterns and fabric from the stash and planning the next half dozen or so items!
The next ‘project’ item will be this:
This is for Brother in Law’s Wedding on the 8 September. I’ve read the reviews on Pattern Review and understand that the yoke and sleeve insertion is unusual! I’m planning on using the wider yoke with the shorter sleeves. I think I may well shorten the skirt to knee length rather than mid calf too.
I’ve yet to decide on a fabric and it uses a LOT – 5 yards of 60″. I think I’m likely to use a taffeta of some sort. Possibly a bronze/gold colour. The wedding colours are a deep ‘Cadbury’ purple so I don’t want to use that colour (despite loving purple), and my other thought was a deep teal. I have a hair clip that I’ll wear with peacock feathers in it, so I have a beautiful range of colours as inspiration.
So, whilst the above is going on, I thought I’d make the top and maybe the skirt from this:
I’ve got an irregular pokadot fabric which I think would be great for the top. I’ll be omitting the ties on the sleeves though. I’ve also got a black imitation suede that I may use for the skirt.
Then I have to decide – dresses for holiday (in two weeks – gotta finish the shirt dress and make the 1880 wrap dress first…) or start sewing for autumn? Anyway, here’s where I got to:
I’m not sure about the Chantilly as I love the gathered section over the bust but as my bust is already ample I worry about looking like I’m all boobs!
Then for the autumn I’ve got this far:
I think probably view C on NL6000 but with short sleeves and view E of the Vogue.
What do you think to my plans? Any opinion on fabric or colour for the Vintage Vogue? All advice gratefully received!