9/6/10

Knew it would be a Contender

after traipsing over to Fulton Fabrics to replace the fabrics that had become wadders last weekend.  I figured that a  red wrap dress would set me right for the week and happily pulled out my vacation dress template (Thanks Carolyn, I finally interfaced the pieces and they lay so much better). 


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Then I thought it would be nice to have a wrap dress with a collar and pulled out Butterick See & Sew 5166 and used the collar from that pattern.


Everything went smoothly with the collar construction to the extent I made a template.


I even had the joy of using the Wooly Thread I'd puchased at Pacific Trimmings (A big Thank You to Miriam in KS for recommending that I use Wooly Thread for my nieces wrestling gear.). In googling wooly thread, I learned that its great for knit fabrics too   I used the  wooly threads in my upper & lower loopers of my serger and it purred like a kitten.   I also hand wound the wooly thread onto my bobbin for my sewing machine and love it.  Where have I been, I'd never heard of wooly thread - a girl like me learns something new every day.

Well I was able to complete the dress it fits like a charm, buttttttt at closer inspection, I noticed the the collar sat far away from my neck... ugggh.  Regardless of what I tried, that collar stood away from my neck like it had its own mind.... dagnamit...whyyyyyyyyyyy.

So what is a girl to do.... improvise... well more like refashion....


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The dress became a wrap skirt and added a cute buckle that I'd removed from rtw pants and a buttonhole & button on the inside of the skirt.  Then I thought I need a blouse to go with it and remembered a co-worker asking me if I made a wrap blouse I had on last week and some wires connected in my head and off I went.

I used fabric that I'd purchased at Metro Textiles during a fabric excursion for the bodice portion of the dress to create the wrap blouse and extended the bottom an additional 8".  Again I enjoyed using the wooly thread and serged the blouse together.  The ties took longer to make than the darn blouse... there has got to be a better way to turn those darn things inside out.  Despite a wadder, I did come out with two cute garments.  

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I like the blouse so much I wore it today....


...and to think I thought that wrap dress was a contender...lol

Signing off with my new popsicle maker....I love gatorade popsicles in the middle of the night...

27 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Sorry that the dress didn't work out but you got two great pieces instead! And why didn't I see that fabric at Metro? Please tell me that's not one of the pieces from the remnant bin!?!

Handmade said...

Goodness me - what a shame about the collar - but a great salvage - cute skirt and the top looks fab on you - as most things do!!

Lori said...

You took something that wasn't quite right and made it into something fantastic. Great job - the skirt and top look wonderful.

Faye Lewis said...

That's a great look. Way to improvise!

Gail said...

The black and white top looks stunning on you.

Candice said...

Good save Sheila....As always your garments are flawless!

Uma Preve said...

Oh sad about the sad! Anyway you did great with improvisation! Very good one in my opinion!

toy said...

everything happens for a reason, your knit top is beautiful and the red skirt is as well.

Linda said...

Sorry the red dress did not work out well. I love the skirt and top though and glad you were able to salvage the red fabric to become a great looking skirt.

Karin van D. said...

That top looks great on you and I love the red skirt. Great work, as always :-)

Sheila said...

Thank you ladies.

I'm thinking I should not have used interfacing in the collar and just gone with sewing the upper & lower collar w/o it. The fabric is a medium weight knit and probably could've work on its own. Also in looking at the model I noticed the collar stood away too.

@ Carolyn: I noticed the bolt of fabric on my way out of MT and did a two step back inside and purchased a yard of it.

Of course, I could use a few wrap tops now...lol. I have some muslin... finally and will use it to create a wrap top template... may has well do one for the skirt too.

I tried the skirt on with some high calf boots and it looks great with it....mmm thinking fall wardrobe of wrap blouses and wrap skirts.

Robin said...

Great save! Love the fabric for the top too.

gwensews said...

I love that black/white/red combo. It's very striking!

Rosie said...

Love the wrap top and the fabric! Great save on the dress!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Way to make lemons out of lemonade!

Monique said...

Oh Sheila! This blouse is lovely. You made it to fit just right. I love the geometric shapes on this fabric. Beautiful job!

NuJoi said...

Great saves. Love the skirt.

Judy said...

Thank you for the blog visit! I have made good progress on the sheep anket and will have a photo soon. I love the blouse you made! Congrats on the blog award!

Angela said...

Sorry that the dress didn't work out, but love the skirt and top! Very cute!!

cici said...

great refashioning i'd say. I love the top and skirt♥ You have a good eye for fashion

Rosy said...

Wonderful rescue operation! You look very well with those pieces, I loved how you resolved the dress

Cennetta said...

Great save, great looking outfit. I'm taking a lesson from you. If it doesn't work, refashion.

Noile said...

Nice save on the skirt, Sheila! The top looks great on you -- you carry off the big print really, really well.

Faye Lewis said...

Thank you Sheila.

sewabeginner said...

I love the top and skirt!!! Great job making lemonade!

Clio said...

What a great solution for the red dress (now skirt)! Wooly thread? I've never heard of this either!

Tany said...

What a fantastic looking wrap skirt (former dress, nice save, btw) and top! Well done!