7/11/10

Remake of a Vacation Dress & a Wadder

In the mood to wear a dress last week, I came across a dress I'd purchased 5 years ago for my Florida vacation.  It was perfect for my Florida vacation and believe that was the year I became entrenched in wrap dresses.  Closer inspection revealed that it had seen better days, the seams had started to unravel in several places and remembered what I liked about it.  It was a simple wrap dress with good character, the bodice fit perfectly, gave my waist more definition, the flared skirt had the perfect hemline and of course the teaseful yet sophisticated wrap at my boobs making for an all around good dress.

Last Thursday I spent the evening taking apart the dress and decided that it would be my weekend venture.  After work Friday, I took my usual nap and woke up around 11:30pm and proceeded to remake my vacation dress. 

Using an anmial print knit, but think its closer to a snake print, I added 1" to the circumference of each piece for seam allowance and of course, unwanted pounds.  For a moment I became nervous, no instructions, no markings, just my labeling of each piece.  Quickly turned on some old school music and grabbed my snacks... nothing like chips and soda at 12:00am to get one on the right track. 



I straight stitched each seam, setting my machine at 2.5 and then serged and thereafter stitched over the serged edges to keep them flat.  Prior to dismantling the dress I looked at the seams closely and noticed that the dress was just serged, hence the raveled and open seams.  The hemline and sleeve hem was also serged and final stitched.  The facing which is also the waist ties went effortlessly, however I did use 1/4 elastic along the neckline as I sewed.




What I particularly liked about this dress, compared to my other wrap dresses... faux wrap dresses in that the ties are part of the neck facing thereby allowing for adjustments along the neckline as well as the waist when wrapping the dress for tying.


At one point I considered leaving the sleeves off, but pushed on and added them...



I should call this dress my 5 hour dress, in sewing time I started on the dress at 12:00am and finished it around 5:00am.  Honestly I spent the last hour prancing around in it as daylight broke through and to the sound of the birds chirping...lol






Retired to bed for the morning and before going to sleep decided another wrap dress was needed and remembered a dress I saw during my people watching mode on Friday.  I'd spotted a woman wearing an orange sweater knit dress.. it was along the sheath dress design line, simple but oh so pretty.

I used a poly/cotton sweater knit that I'd purchased from PA Fabric Outlet during the PR Philly weekend... ask me what in the fragglenaggle was I thinking.

I will warn all... do not attempt making second dress after only 4 hours of sleep.  I cut each piece and used tacky clue to keep the ends from unraveling... yeah about that a sticky mess....lol

After the glue partially cured it allowed me to join the edges of each piece without using pins, then straight stitched using a short stitch length, thereafter I serged/cut off the sticky edges... oh how I thought I was on to something.  I stabilized all the seams with no-tear stabilizer.  After reading Linda's post some time back about using stabilizer for her buttonholes, I've since opted to use no-tear stabilizer as interfacing for some of my garments.  Thanks Linda... love it.




Used the same technique as I did with the facing/ties for the first dress and thereafter all went down hill.  Tried it on and it was a total hot mess... total wonky neckline.. no sense in adding the sleeve... I tell ya a hot mess.





The neckline wobbled something bad.... real bad and you can see the clear elastic glistening through the fabric....uggh.  HATE IT.... a Total Wadder!!!

A glimpse of the wadderville dress.... when unwrapped... woke up this morning thinking that possibly something could be done to save it... but no.... garbage heaven it went.


With all that said... I will avoid sweater knit for now.... and enjoy this dress...

25 comments:

Lori said...

Great looking dress and very impressive tracing one of your RTW garments. Sorry about the sweater knit, that fabric can be so hard to sew.

Opal said...

Nice dress. Good fit on you and I like the print.

toy said...

this look great, it looks like a fits you to a T

Noile said...

Sad about the sweater knit, but, oh, does your first attempt look great! An absolute success!

You've inspired me -- I've got a wrap top in an unflattering print, but love the fit. I need to copy it so that it can join your wadder in garbage heaven. Or Goodwill.

Victoria said...

Lovin' the snake skin print wrap dress!!!

Monique said...

Hey Sheila you dress turned out beautiful and looks great on you. That was a very nice attempt at the sweater dress. Grab those knitting needles whenever you take a break from your sewing machine. I still want to make a sweater dress. It's coming.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

WOW it looks wonderful! You did a fantastic job tracing your RTW and creating such a well fitting dress.

Sorry about the second one. From the picture I see it really doesn't look bad.

Faye Lewis said...

I love your sewing time schedule as much as I love your new dress. I am constantly reminding myself not to sew when over tired - sometimes I obey and sometimes I don't.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

That's a beautiful dress! I love how you come home Friday night, take a nap and then get up to sew when the house is quiet. Sorry about the sweaterknit version, if you could have saved that one it would have been awesome!

gwensews said...

Your wrap dress is very pretty. Nice job! Unfortnately, now and then, we just make a wadder. Throw it in the trash, get it out of the house. Out of sight, out of mind! It never was. Period.

Sue said...

Great remake!

Linda said...

Glad my stablizer idea worked.

Your dress looks great! very flattering fit!

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eword10 said...

Oh I feel your pain on the sweater knit dress. It would have been inspired and beautiful. But at least you have a gorgeous dress with the first one!

Carol said...

The fabric is gorgeous. I love this dress.

Robin said...

Love the dress re-model! It really turned out great. Don't feel too bad about the wadder - lately it seems like for every good garment I sew I end up with one for the trash (or Garbage Heaven - I like that phrase!) I have no sewing mojo now but have just finished four knitting projects. Just need to model and blog!

Lina said...

Well fitting dress,lovely print-winning combination!

Handmade said...

Snakeskin dress is stunning - Wadder is a funny word - I've only read that word on sewing blogs from the US!!! Anyway, what in the fragglenaggle were you thinking???

NuJoi said...

The remake looks great! Sorry that last one didn't work out.

buttahflychronicles said...

Well, the first try was a TOTAL success. And I bet with more rest you can do it with the knit fabric too. Its amazing the different perspective about instructions and processes I have when I'm well rested. Even if the sun is still up, if I'm tired, there are mistakes to be made. However I rarely just trash things like you do. I sit there with my seam ripper trying to save every dime I've already invested.

Kelroc said...

What a great dress. Love the snake print.

cici said...

Wow,, this is fabulous, I love your photos♥ You look great!

jae said...

ya gurl...jae loves wraps.

Sheila said...

Thank you! I am going to wear the dress today. I found the perfect cranberry patent leather peeptoe pump. I will definitely make another one, just need to go through my stash for some knit or better yet shopping for knit would be better...lol

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

don't you hate that, but I'm sure you learned something from that one. That's what I try to tell myself....LOL Love the first one!