8/8/10

Dressing Myself

Add'l ETA:
After taking pics, I noticed that the neckline on the argyle dress was still standing away from my neck a tad bit too much.  Initially I thought about using 1/4" clear elastic, but remembered a garment that had back shoulder darts.  Of course, I was sweating up a storm rummaging in the closet by time I found it, which was a jacket.  Opted for the darts and feel its much better now.



ETA:


I wore the snake print dress again on Thursday and in an instant my mind detoured from my initial thoughts for this weekend, which was to sew another pair of pants. I did manage to cut the fabric as well as another Butterick 5147 jacket from fabric I'd purchased at Fabric.com early this year. However, my mind screamed Dress and decided I wanted one for next week, especially with the temps expected to peak again in the 90s with humidity following right behind it.  Kindly put away what I'd cut and pulled out the pieces from my vacation dress and an olive stretch poly/rayon knit fabric that I purchased from Virgo Fabric & Notions (I really should call it clay, since the color closely resembles it or better yet putty).

This time I had no issues with assembling the dress, it went together in just a few hours... well more like 4 hours. All of the seams were serged & straight stitched and instead of using 1/4" clear elastic, I used 1/4" black bias tape for the neckline and 7/8" quilting binding for the ties.



The opening for the tie, which I do a buttonhole is a tad bit small, so there was a lil struggle getting the tie through the opening...uggh and the stabilizer shifted during the buttonholing causing part of the buttonhole to end up without stabilizer...double uggh, so used extra fray check.  As usual I refused to change the serger threads so blue it was..lol



Despite those quirks, the dress fits nicely.
 


 
Since that dress took only a few hours, I decided what the heck... make another one. I did my usual calisthenics of napping and after a few hours was refreshed and ready for the second one.
 
This dress is called my Carolyn Dress, which was inspired by Carolyn after she notified me of argyle fabric at Fabric.com, such an enabler she is...snickering.  I mentioned to her that I wasn't going to buy any argyle fabric being that I had some that I hadn't sewn yet.  I'd purchased 2 yds of pink/grey cotton/jersey from Walmart for a $1.50/yd some time ago and had initially pegged it for a cardigan, but later on decided against it.  So it languished in my fabric draw until now.


 
For this dress I did the usual serging of all seams, this time the serger had black thread... so black it was.  Prior to starting the dress, I took a moment to do some house cleaning and I also sewed bathroom window curtains and refused to change the thread again.  I so need that Babylock Imagine.
 
 I used lt. grey 1/2" bias tape for the neckline, which ended up wonky... what the heck. To keep this dress from becoming a wadder, in the process of attaching the sleeves, instead of pairing the sleeve cap to the top of the armscye exactly, I eased the sleeve in about an 1/2" farther.   In doing so it removed some of the wonkiness at the back of the neckline.  I will say the neck opening sits closer to my shoulder, but it doesn't take from the dress, I will be wearing it.. no doubt.  For the waist ties, I used the same fashion fabric.  
 
Without further ado....heeeeeeeeeeere is the Carolyn Dress... and now I have reason to buy more argyle fabric...teehee.
 

Off to check out Fabric.com's argyle selection.... until then have a Great Weekend

29 comments:

Uma Preve said...

Both dresses look amazing.... Very neat and tidy!

toy said...

I love the argyle dress, that is my style, very chic

Gail said...

I love the check version - it's such a different take on classic style.

Karin van D. said...

I love them, both. They are so different yet both are elegant and beautiful. Great job!

mi said...

Wow, the dresses are beautiful, congratulations!

Lori said...

Two great new dresses. They argyle is such a pretty, soft color.

alethia said...

Great looking dresses!

Erica B. said...

Love the dresses! They argyle is my favorite too!

Michelle said...

Both of the dresses are beautiful, but I LOVE the argyle version! So chic!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Gawd I hate you! *LOL* Here I am making black pieces to look corporate and professional and you are making argyle wrap dresses. Something is wrong with this picture! Both dresses are beautiful btw!

I bought the argyle fabric and it should be here on Tuesday so I will let you know how it turns out!

And I'm buying my Babylock Imagine in September so I will let you know how that works out too! *LOL*

Tanya said...

Those dresses are amazing, the fabric gives each its own style, love em. BTW that snake skin dress is the s@*t.

Adrienne said...

Beautiful dresses! Love that argyle!

Linda said...

That Carolyn, she is such a great enabler. Love the argyle dress, love the brown and black as well. Great job with both. I too want a Babylock Serger.

Sheri D. Maple said...

I love the dresses, especially the argyle dress. What a great way to use the fabric other than for a sweater.

marit said...

I've been reading this post earlier, before you added the top photos- and thought both dresses looked great! Seeing them on you confirms it:-)

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

These are so great! I can't believe they took you only 2 hours a piece. I could use a project like that right now. I've been working on a second muslin today - ugh!

I really like your shoes, too.

Victoria said...

Love both your dresses!!! They're both equally C-U-T-E!!!

Sheila said...

Thank You for the Lovely Compliments.

@ Carolyn... lol.. since I've started sewing, which is mainly for work, black has taken a back seat. I may wear a black suit for the week and a black dress, but for the most part... I have incorporated more prints & more color into my wardrobe. Everytime I think about changing thread, the Babylock serger comes to mind. Just maybe I can get the family to contribute to my Serger Foundation Fund...lol

@ A Sewn Wardrobe: I wish I could sew as fast as the participants on Project Runway, but each dress took about 4 hours. The rtw dress that I took apart to make my dresses is a simple garment, which factors in the easy & relatively fast construction.

@ Sheri, I agree with you and Thanks to Carolyn for inspiring me to use it other than the intended purpose.

Carol said...

I love both of these dresses and they both look great on you. I want your entire wardrobe!

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

You've been popping these awesome creations out haven't you!! Wait for me! LOL. Both look awesome and your word bubbles are too funny.

sewabeginner said...

OMG! I would have never thought to use argyle for a wrap dress. That is sheer genius!!! I love both dresses!

Cennetta said...

Such nice dresses. I love this silhouette.

Cennetta said...

PS - It's always a treat to visit your post. Love the "theatrical" display of your garments.

rosemarie said...

Girl you are on a roll. I love both dresses.

Angela said...

Lovely dresses! They fit you well!

Karine said...

I threw away a nice knit fabric that I planned on using to make a wrap dress. I'm still weeping over it...

Kathi said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE argyle!!!!!!!
The dresses look great, but I rather like the argyle one!!

Rosy said...

I love both dresses, but my favorite is the clay dress, it's very elegant and goes with everything, I love your work.

Tany said...

Love both dresses! The clay/black dress colorway reminds me of SS10 collection by Celine!