2/18/10

Makings of my Sheath Dress

using fabric I'd purchased during the crazy sale at Fabric.com from the Vera Wang Lavender fabric collection.  Despite vowing I wouldn't or couldn't squeeze another piece of fabric in my sewing room, I caved in 17 yards later.   I seriously believe my sewing buddy Andrea and I browsed that site for an hour or more before selecting our fabrics.  We chatted about what fabrics we wanted, patterns to pair with the fabrics, chatted some more, selected fabrics, placed them in our respective carts, trying everything to stay within our $36.00 budget, remove some of the fabric from the carts and begin the browsing, selecting, and carting all over again. 

After completing New Look 6874 paired w/ New Look 6270, I wanted to immediately start another ensemble using New Look 6874 jacket and skirt pieces. I selected the Charcoal poly/cotton houndstooth suiting fabric from the VW Lavender Collection, but realized that I needed simple pattern pieces in order to be able to match the houndstooth print.

Sifted through my patterns and settled on Butterick 5147, which consist of Misses jacket, top, dress & skirt.

The cutting was tricky and vaguely recalled cutting a plaid fabric for a top a year or two ago and in a nano-second vividly remembered it was a total horror.  With that awful reminder, I knew I had to pace myself with cutting the fabric.  I cut the front part of the dress on the fold and before proceeding with the back piece, unpinned the front from the pattern piece and laid the front atop the fabric and back pattern piece and aligned it against the front piece.  I continued on in that fashion and cut the dress, jacket & skirt since I had 5 yards of the fabric.  Once everything was done I breathed a big sigh of relief and then tensed up all over again thinking all of this better damn be worth the effort.  I figured I'd start with the dress first and pinned it, there was a touch and go moment where my center back seam was off but a lil tweaking and to my surprise the print matched as best it was going to get at the side seams, shoulder seams and most importantly the center back seam  - I started doing the cabbage patch...lol  I was so excited I attempted to try the dress on with the pins in it, but quickly felt (pun intended) that it wasn't that serious.  Instead I did the bust darts, front and back darts to get that out of the way.

I really wanted to begin baste stitching the dress, but after a long day at work and 7 days of battling a cold, I couldn't continue on and retired to bed medicated to the hilt and slowing succumbing to sleep as the thoughts of my sheath dress slowly disappeared from my mind.  I popped up at 5:00am the next morning with that dress fresh on my mind and immediately began machine baste stitching it.
I cut a size 16, but after trying it on noticed that it was too big and removed about 1/4" from each side seam and center back seam and also the dress was too long for my 5'3" frame and removed 5" from the bottom.
I excitedly removed the excess fabric from the seams, then moved on to assembling the lining and sewed that up too in an attempt to see how it fits under the dress. What I failed to do was lock the baste stitching length at 5 and with that the machine reset to 2.2 stitch length...  I swear for Gawd I am fit to be tied... I dooooo noooot want to rip out those darn stitches.... I repeat I do not want to rip out those stitches.  What is a girl to do but slip into the lining and then into the dress to check fit... let me tell you... that darn dress fits like a charm I tell you it fits perfectly...

So right now I am sitting on the fence.... seriously I doooo noooot want to rip out those stitches.  Is there any way I can sew the lining in and zipper in without doing what I know I  should be doing.... rip rip rip

Signing off congested, burning eyes, tired and still fit to be tied....

14 comments:

eword10 said...

THis is looking beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished!

Faye Lewis said...

Wow, what a great idea for that fabric. I have the same fabric, but had not thought of a sheath dress. Yours looks great!

gwensews said...

It's so good when you get an excellent fit. That dress is looking really nice. Take your time and finish it perfectly. You won't be sorry. Good sewing takes time.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I spent last evening ripping apart - completely - the skirt I made to go w/ my boucle suit jacket. I love the skirt, but the wool stretched, and it was touch too big to begin with, so I am going to start from scratch... including re-doing the facings and zipper. I was thinking that seam ripping is my least favorite sewing task by far. I totally know how you feel.

But I think it will nag you if you don't rip out the seams and re-do. UGH! Good luck.

alethia said...

Sewing takes patience, and the dress is fabulosooooo. If you can live with releasing the stitches, you can insert the lining and its not going to affect the look , then you have the answer. Otherwise it looks great

Joyce in NC said...

So far, the dress is very pretty. I will be awaiting the finished dress.

Lori said...

It is a wonderful dress, perfect for that fabric. It is a pain ripping out those stitches but you will be so happy you did it. I made a skirt from that fabric and working on a vest. It is great fabric.

Erica B. said...

That's a great dress! I love feminine silhouettes in masculine fabric!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

That dress looks awesome.

....did you rip or leave it :)

Lynnelle said...

Faye said it! What a great idea for that fabric.

As for ripping out the stitches, I think you should do it. Think about all the time & energy you put into perfectly matching the plaid - all while tired, sick, and medicated! If ripping the stitches will ensure the finished garment is assembled well, you'll be happy that you did it in the end. Like gwensews said, take your time and do it right.

Uh no, now I can't get that damn SOS Band song out of my mind!

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Sheila said...

Thanks everyone for your compliments and suggestions.

@ Ann's Fashion Studio: To date the dress is still being worn by my mannequin.

I am really trying to get up the heart to rip out the stitches. I thought about it all day and realized that I only need to rip out the side seams of the dress and the lining, but again still trying to get up the heart to do it.

@ Lynnelle: LoL at the SOS band song stuck in your head.

kemisicrafts said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely look for the See and Sew patterns.

I can't wait to get started.

NuJoi said...

I love it! I hope you're able to get the lining in without ripping out all the stitches. Thanks for the plaid tips.

Knitaholictoo said...

Pretty fabric. I know you will work it out! Chocolate...lots of chocolate!