Emerald Lady

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So after I had completely finished this dress, I realized that it is my third dress (in a row!) to be green… And, my past two dress posts each were titled after a “lady,” so I could not force myself to interrupt the pattern this time. Wearing this dress truly does make one feel a lady. It is very likely my most extravagant and most prized creation thus far.

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As some of you may know from my previous post, I made this dress by adapting a vintage evening gown pattern. Though the pattern sleeves were quite classy, I opted for a younger, sleeveless look. The fabric is from Cali Fabrics, a decently-priced shop with many kinds of materials in a great variety of colors. Funny story– I ordered 5 yards of emerald taffeta, 8 yards of emerald tulle, and 2 yards of cream chiffon…. I made the bodice and realized that chiffon was not working for the kind of bow I imagined. So, I had this crepe-y silk/taffeta (I’m really not sure what it is) sitting beside me, because I had made a muslin with it. As it turned out, I had just enough to make the sash, which ended up being the perfect thing!

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Recently, in an interview, I was asked if I have ever failed. While the obvious answer is “yes,” I groped for a noteworthy example. My many sewing endeavors provided me with just the right example. I explained how I have most likely failed many more times than I have succeeded when sewing. And yet, that is how I learn. Without the long list of failures, I would not be the pattern-drafter, fabric buyer, and stitcher that I am today. All this is an introduction to what was perhaps my biggest sewing fail ever… I had completely finished my lovely bodice when I noticed a narrow line of stitches down one of the back sides. I turned the fabric to see the inside. I had serged into my bodice. Ah, it made me sick. After meticulously seam-ripping the serged stitches and trying to patch the tiny holes cut into the fabric, I yielded to what I knew had to be done. The perfectly ironed facing– off. The scrupulously sewn darts– redo. That entire quarter of my bodice– throw away. I cut around the pattern once more, lined up the darts once more, and attached this new and perfect piece to the rest of my dress. But, I can tell you, I am so glad I did!! My beautiful handiwork is now blemish-free. And I learned the importance of careful serging.

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Asymmetrical refashion

This refashion began with a hilarious 70’s bowling blouse, complete with poofy sleeves and a white collar.

First, I chopped off the sleeves and collar, and then I embarked on cutting my first asymmetrical hemline. I first tried tracing the curve with a plate and, finding it too small a curve, used an elongated, oval, trashcan rim. It worked perfectly! I very recently got my first serger. It is amazing what all it can do. I’ve basically only used the normal 4 thread overlock stitch until today when I tried out the rolled hem on this top. I’m telling you- there is no better way to finish curved edges. In fact, I loved it so much that I even finished the armholes and neckline with the rolled hem. I’ll admit I’m not exactly sure where and with what I’m going to wear this funny top, but it was a neat experiment anyways. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to wear it? I definitely won’t be wearing it without anything under it. I was thinking it would be darling with a high-waisted skirt, but it’s stillĀ  just a little odd.

Awkward side view