So, here we are! The second iterations of S2588 has been finished since, hmm, November-ish? Why no photos until February, 3 months later? That’d be my usual run and hide reaction to the camera. I feel uncomfortable in front of one, even more so if Boy and Husband are around so I needed to have some time on my own. Oh and some decent light; not too much to ask in the northern hemisphere at this time of year!
So I give you my most worn dress:
I didn’t make any changes from my first version. I used a prince of wales plaid wool that I bought on eBay last year. It’s fully lined with a green that picks up the green in the plaid. I call it kiwi, husband calls it sludge green! I machine hemmed the circle skirt but did something weird when I attached the seam binding, so the binding acts like flat piping. I like the effect though!
There are some errors in the construction of this dress – all of them centred around the grain of the skirt around the zipper. I don’t care though as this dress was therapy in October and early November; it was a way of shutting up my brain as only sewing can. When I’m immersed in what I’m doing, concentrating entirely in the moment I’m not thinking about anything else. This dress gave me some of that stillness I needed.
I feel comfortable, smart and business like in this dress so it’s a definite win. It makes getting dressed for work an absolute breeze and thankfully doesn’t have any associations when I look at it. I wear it at least once a week – definite win!
I’ve started sewing – Simplicity 2588 in the Prince of Wales wool that I’d originally earmarked for New Look 6000. Until of course that some lovely people pointed out that the plaid wouldn’t be square about the neckline due to the waist dart/pleat things! On a plaid this size (2″ish) that would be really really noticeable and really really annoy me!
So, I opted to use it for a dress that I can make with no tracing, no fitting and just get on with! Enter Simplicity 2588 that I made earlier this year. I went for a circle skirt again as I had enough fabric left. Although it’s not going to be a true circle as having sewn up one of the seams I was serging the seam allowances and cut a ruddy great hole in one of the panels. So, it’ll be a nearly circle skirt and there will be no form of matching on the back seam at all. But I wont have to look at that so I’m not going to stress it (although there was some choice language at the time…).
I need to insert the zip and then let it hang for a while whislt I construct the lining. Much as I love wool, I don’t want it next to bare skin, so a full lining this will have. Hopefully by the end of tomorrow, all I’ll need to do is hem…
So that’s the progress!
Now for the plans… I managed to get a pre-loved copy of Simplicty 2444 from eBay and have also, thanks to Joanne, ordered some lovely fabric at the princely sum of £3.49 a metre. What I can’t decide is which to use! Do I go for the birds or the stars?
Both fabrics are from Fabric Land in Brighton, who have a great selection at a great price. The website isn’t my cup of tea and you need to ring to order. I don’t mind the phone call (the person I spoke to was super helpful and really friendly) but I’m not a fan of the site design. I’m more than willing to overlook it though for £3.49/m fabric – particularly when others are selling the exact same print at the best part of £12/m!
I’ll be going for the simple version of S2444 with short sleeves. No collar or anything for my first go at the pattern. If you want some inspiration there are some stunners out there in blog land! Not only Joanne’s version, but Roisin at Dolly Clacket has made this pattern a number of times and Dibs, DapperDuds, Gemma and ElevenStitches have all made versions. In fact, just google image search the pattern for a ton of inspiration instantly.
And now to the ‘stuff’! Having sourced the perfect cotton sateen for my Peony in a gorgeous chocolate brown with a random cream polkadot pattern, I called the shop to order to only be told that someone had come in the day before and bought 9m of it and that there was only a meter left! Aaarrgggghhhhh!
So I gave up on the interwebs and went to my local bricks and mortar store as I needed lining anyway. For once my luck was in – they were having one of their completely unpredictable and unadvertised stock clearances where random (to me) bolts are reduced and sample lengths are sold. I scored a beautiful milk chocolate wool with a duck egg blue stripe for £10/m rather than the £15/m it was before being put on sale. I’ll admit that this is the top end of my price range, but it is gorgeous (and was the same price after discount as the sateen would have been)!
I also got other necessities such as 22″ invisible zips (how can they vary from £1.59 to £1.99 for a zip that is in effect identical apart from the colour?!), thread and lining for Simplicity 2588 that I’m currently making and more to match the duck egg blue stripes in the wool for the Peony. I have enough lining fabric in my collection for the other wools I already posess (well apart from the grey wool for the Vogue 8280 – I want to line that in hot pink, but I’d spent enough for this month!).
I also got this gorgeous cotton print for £7/m. I love the aubergine with the latte colour back ground. It’s my idea of autumn! I think I’ll use that on New Look 6070. Which means the teal plaid will probably get used on New Look 6968? New Look 6000 is going to be made from a beautiful navy wool that Annabelle swapped with me, if I can eak it out!