3/30/10

I Flipped the Script

As I sifted through my stash for fabric to work up 2 blouses to pair with 2 skirts I made (post to follow) I came across this bold fabric….


which immediately screamed make me a dress…..pleeeease. In that instant a collage of pics began to collect in my mind, Elizabeth’s Beautiful Bold dress, Erica’s Gorgeous Grey dress, Carolyn’s Lovely Inspiration dresses, Susan’s Absolutely Awesome Abstract dress and many others continuously played out in my mind as I thought about which pattern to use.

I immediately looked at the Butterick 5147 pattern pieces which were clipped to a hanger and precariously hooked on my closet door subtly whispering…. I’m here if you need me… I’m already cut… and ready to go. I think I’d been inhaling too many fibers, because I whispered back… yes I know, but this fabric is lycra.



In that instant I thought, Sheila you’ve went against the grain before and in the sewing realm anything is possible and proceeded to arrange the pattern pieces and fabric for cutting & marking. With the fabric being a slinky lycra and the pattern calling for a woven, going with the original cut of the pattern pieces would render the dress too big. So 1” was removed from the front & back pattern pieces. The pattern also called for a lining and decided to use a black stretch fabric for the lining which would eliminate the need for a slip and did the same alterations.



As with the first & second dresses, I added the bust darts and front & back darts for shaping. Once the darts were sewn in, I baste stitched the dress together to check fit which revealed that I needed to remove a tad more from the side seams for a closer fit and removed 3/8” from each side seam. Also the armhole was gapping and pinched out 1/4” or so at the shoulder seams.


Now, I’m hella excited, the dress fits nicely and with that began to insert the lining at the neckline… but immediately after attaching the neckline I realized there’s a problem. I forgot to do the same additional alterations to the lining…. Duh…. Sista girl was moving to darn fast for her own good. So I had to call in Ms. Morbid… my daughter…lol to assist me in tweaking the lining since it was straight stitched and serged to the neckline.



I put the dress on wrong side out since the lining was now permanently sewn to the neckline and she pinched out the excess fabric along the side seams and pinned. I then baste stitched along the side seams of the lining and tried it on again and in that moment my daughter… oops… I mean Ms. Morbid said Ma that dress can be reversible…. All of a sudden I felt I was walking the red carpet, the paparrazi were going wild… lights just a flashing and popping as I turn this way and that way before my mirror. Hot darn it my daughter now known as Ms. Mastermind was on to something!


The dress was tried on several more times first on the printed side and then on the black side to ascertain how to proceed with making this dress a full fledge reversible dress. Actually, it was smooth sailing after that since all I had to do was fold the armhole edges into each other and snake stitch them together. I use the term snake stitch, because for one I don’t know the proper term and the process calls for snaking the needle & thread between the folded fabrics and pricking each fabric as I stitch along the fold of the fabrics…. did that makes sense….



Miraculously the hem line of each dress worked out wherein the hems butted each other at the right length perfectly.

Well without further ado…. Here is my first reversible dress


Until then have a beautiful Holiday

47 comments:

Home's Jewels said...

OH. My. Word. Your daughter is a genius. Keep that child! How very cool is that - and it looks great on you.

Joyce in NC said...

I love it!! The dress is beautiful on both sides. You can never have too many LBDs and the print side is vibrant.

del said...

Ooooh, hot hot HOT! Love it!!

Talking to the patterns, huh? It's okay, I talk to yarn, lol.

RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

Absolutely fabulous!
Angela

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Wow! That's an awesome dress.

Omega said...

What an awesome idea, what a great assistant your daughter is. I love your dress and it looks great on you!

Clio said...

Brilliant! I can't decide which side I like better - funky print or LBD.

deltapurl said...

cool

Rose said...

Great job! You really rock it! I love that it's reversible. Perfect for travel!

Rose in SV

Victoria said...

I love it, I love, I love it!!!! That fabric is gorgeous and the fact that it's reversible is soooo cool!!!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I have this big ole cheezy grin on my face because boy do you have a TNT dress pattern! Now that is how you work it! I love that the dress is reversible. I love that you did something different. And when you cut that pattern up and make something even more splendid, I will know that you have really gotten your TNT on! *LOL*

Beautiful dresses!

Carol said...

That print is incredible! It really, really suits you. Two versatile looks from one garment.

Angela said...

How perfect! It looks great both ways!

Mz.Choize said...

Wow, now that's tha bizness!!!

Karine said...

Nice dress :)

Adrienne said...

Gorgeous!

Sheila said...

Thank You!!!

I am so in love with all the pattern pieces to B5147 and have another fabic laying in wait which was a Xmas from my Sewing Sista Andrea. However, I need to get clicking on making my moms top to pair with her Easter suit, which should've been done before the dress.

Thanks Again!!

gwensews said...

Nice dress. Humm--you can go from office to nightclub by wearing the black side out, adding some sparkley jewelry. I love your yellow bag.

alethia said...

The dress is awesome! two for one and forget the dress you are wearing itttt. You look pretty and elegantttttt. You have a TNT pattern for sure

Tanya said...

Genius, sheer genius, with awesome results, LOVE IT!

Cas... said...

Very nice! Keep Miss Mastermind around for help. She's doing a good job.

Sheila said...

@ Carolyn... that's the scary part cutting the pattern, but have another dress idea brewing. Thinking of a border running down the middle of the dress and will be referring to the technique you used for one of your dresses. Not before I do another reversible. My sewing sista Andrea gave me a beautiful grey knit fabric with a black minimal abstract design on it and thinking of using a burgandy knit for the reverse side.

@ Del.. yeah, my family thinks I've been inhaling too many fibers causing me talk to my fabric...lol

@ Gwensews... you are so right about office to nightclub... now I am thinking about a night -on- the-town. The handbag is from Nine West, I love their Nunzio shoes and also have taken to buying accessories like crazy since I have sworn off buying clothes.

Sue said...

Fabulous!

Michelle said...

I love this dress!!! That print is fantastic, and what an amazing job you did! Great work!

Faye Lewis said...

Wow a double wammie, how great is that. The dress is wonderful.

Jackie O said...

Great job, love it!!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

WOW. This is so awesome. I can't believe you just made 2 dresses at one time. I love them both!

Lori said...

Fantastic dress or should I say dresses. You look great.

Handmade said...

Good ole Morbid!!! You blow me away! And I think that stitch might be called a "ladder stitch"?

Monique said...

I'm diggin both dresses!

Still Patrice said...

So pretty!

Sew Wilde said...

What a fab dress! You look great in it.

Julie

Andrea said...

Beautiful!! I love both dresses. Girl you are working it out. Love it!!!

HeathersSphere said...

Here I am rocking to Alicia Keys and admiring your gorgeous dresses in your blog! Wonderful!

Sewing Geek said...

Oh, boy, I'm jealous! It is fabulous!

Opal said...

You did a fabulous job on this reversible dress and it fits nice.

SEWING SHAY said...

LOVE IT!!!! You better work it gurl!

Susan said...

Now you are just too much! That is the most amazing dress I've seen and you had to go and make it more amazing by having it reversible.

Go on with your clever self. You are ROCKING both looks!

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

You go girl!

Lynnelle said...

I second what Carolyn and a few others said! Holy smokes, you GO!! I just love it!

Tanya said...

Wow, the print is fabulous, and I love, love, love that you made it reversible.

Mary Sarah said...

I love this! It's fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Say Sheila Oooooh one more time!

Hatty

Angelia said...

WOW! Looks like you've been working on your legs too!! You look great it "both" these dresses! What a bonus!2 in 1!

velosewer said...

Love the dress. Nice work.

eword10 said...

THat is sooooo cool. I love the print and the reversible black. You really made a beautiful dress(es)!

Karin (the mrs) said...

Wow, you look so fabulous in both sides of the dress. Gorgeous, what a great assistent your daughter is. It must be so much fun to be creative together like that!