4/10/2012

Starting @ the Top & Totally Twisted

over Simplicity 1849...  I couldn't resist sewing another one and another one for the Starting at the Top Challenge... truly I couldn't. 



For S1849: Take III used a cranberry poly/rayon/spandex fabric.  Same construction as the first two and worked up even quicker.  I was moving too fast and made the same mistake as the others wherein the knot is on the wrong side... umm yeah.  However, its not a deal breaker ... just a designer element... wink.. In the blink of an eye I had a top.... Did I mention I loooooove this pattern... seriously... I do... lol




After completing S1849 Take III, decided I wanted to try my hand at doing a franken pattern.  I used New Look 6874,  because it was already cut.  NL6874 has a front yoke and pocket piece, I omitted the pocket and pinned the front yoke to the skirt front to achieve the full waist ... um yeah... call me Lazy Lucienda .  My creativity was flowing and didn't want any extra steps, like tracing to get in my way...lol  

For Take IV used a blk/wht poly/lycra polka dot fabric and for the overlay a lightweight poly/lycra in black to make a dress.

Reduced the bodice length 5+", shortened the overlay pieces between 1/4" - 1/2" along curvature and proceeded with contruction as directed.   Before seaming up the center back seam, attached each back skirt piece to the respective back bodice piece then serged the center back seam in one go.  I was moving so dayummm fast I forgot that the 6874 skirt calls for woven fabric and when I started pinning the skirt front to the bodice front I then noticed the excess width in the skirt, totally forgetting to reduce the size.  Thankfully that was minor, luckily I didn't have that issue with the back pieces, the back darts helped.  Like the others, I lengthen the sleeves.



As I was sewing this dress up... I was becoming ambivalent about it... mainly due to the whole franken pattern fiasco, knowing darn well I should've went about it the right way, but once I sewed the shoulder seams, side seams and tried it on... my take on this dress changed.


I pegged the skirt by removing 1/4" from the side seams starting 4-5" above the hemline, but could've removed a tad more.



Oh... finally go the knot on the right side.... woohooo....



Faye's challenges always get my sewing mojo flowing and the added benefit of working up a new pattern too.... totally sweet.   Now I have four tops and a dress added to my wardrobe.  

Thanks So Much Faye....


25 comments:

velosewer said...

Great dress. These fabrics are just right with this design. Great job Sheila.

Adelaide B said...

Too much awesomeness!

Linda said...

Wow! Great looking top;fantastic looking dress! Great job of combining both patterns. Glad you were able to get the right fit with the bottom portion. You look great!

Lori said...

Fantastic dress, it looks great on you.

Irene said...

Wonderful dress! Love the way the two fabrics accentuate the design.

del said...

I didn't know your sewing mojo was ever gone, with the way you churn out projects, lol! Love that top, and the dress looks great on you.

Linda T said...

I MUST get that pattern. Wonderful work!

alethia said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

RhondaBuss said...

I REALLY like the dress. It looks fantastic on you. A real stand out!

Rosie said...

I absolutely love the dress!!! Creative and well done!

GodsgirlT said...

Totally twisted.....that's cute!

Faye Lewis said...

I agree with all of the above. You've taken that pattern to yet another level. I totally agree that the pattern does not reguire the front and back facings. And the dress, what a great rendition of color blocking.

Sheila said...

Thank you for the beautiful compliments. If one is looking for a quick top or dress with a twist... highly recommend it.

Clio said...

Totally fun dress!

Faye's challenges are the best and you've made the most of it! Sadly I had to sit this one out.

Minnie said...

You worked you magic on the tops and that dress is fantastic.

Myra said...

Fabulous my dear! Both dress and all the tops you created from this pattern are knock outs!!

Carol said...

I love it! This looks really good on you.

sewrelax said...

All I can say is wow, what an awesome job and creativity.

Clio said...

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Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Ohmy is that not just the kewlest thing! I'm glad you came around to liking the dress because it's stunning!

Anonymous said...

Sheila did you do a fba on the twisted top? I am a 38 h laid the pattern over the sloper and I am debating what I should do? Also noted you made a center back seam..was this for adjusting?

Thank you KIr

Sheila said...

Hi KIr and thanks for commenting. I did not do an FBA, honestly I have been fearful of the FBA technique. While talking a sewing buddy today Rachelle of Knitting Machine Queen, she mentioned the benefits of it and plan to try it, and to think I have the Threads bust fitting dvd.

The center back seam is preferred and prevents pooling fabric at the lower back from occurring, which I learned from Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic.

I hope that was helpful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sheila, I am off to the cutting table then to cut! Because the pattern so closely matches my muslin I wouldnt worry about it.

Sewing Galaxy said...

I LOVE YOUR DRESS!!!! great job!

Lynneb said...

Oh, my gosh! That dress is amazing! I have GOT to get that pattern!

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