7/26/15

Thru The Looking Glass Inspired McCalls 7121

After posting about my fabulous day at The Met, I was compelled to create a Thru The Looking Glass inspired dress.  As I'd mentioned in this post, the exhibit had me stunned and speechless.  The exhibit was a beautiful way to show culture through fashion.  I was so inspired by all that I read and observed, I thought, there must be something in my fabric stash that would somewhat represent thru the looking glass, yet simple enough to wear to work.

I didn't have to look far, this printed sheer polyester that I'd purchased from Fulton Fabrics was initially destined for a pullover blouse.




That was dashed when I decided to use McCalls 7121, which is a pullover dress with front v-neckline, back bodice variations, elasticized waist, length variations and the maxi has front slit option. To add opacity, I used a black cotton/polyester blend fabric for the underlayer.


At only 1-1/2" yds, my placement was precarious, being that the recommended yardage for this pattern is 1-3/4" yds.  

Unlike my first version, I went against the grain of the fabric suggested, which is Jersey, Interlock, or Cotton knit.


Of course, I had to make adjustments, added 1/2" to the side seams of the bodice as well as 1/4" to the armholes and merging into the upper part of the armhole.  Also raised the neckline 3/8",1/2" to the front/back skirt and lengthened skirt 1".




All the seams were serged on the fashion fabric and underlayer.  I must say the sheer fabric was a challenge, despite the numerous pins I had in place.  After trying on, I had to add front/back darts at the neckline to the fashion fabric, due to the gaping.

The underlayer was inserted with the rightside facing the wrongside of the fashion fabric to minimize any showing of the seam allowance of the fashion fabric. For the neckline and armholes, I machined basted the fabrics together and used foldover elastic to encase the raw edges. 



The hemlines for the fashion fabric and underlayer were serged.  For the fashion fabric I did a few repeats of serging by disengaging the knife, yielding a thick edge.   The pic above was just two passes of the serger thread, went back and serged twice more.



End result ... just what I wanted ... simple but artsy.  I wore the dress out with my guy yesterday and loved how the hot wind allowed the sheer fabric to do a lil dance of fluttering, while the underlayer kept guard...lol.

Until then,
Have a Great Week !!!

19 comments:

Andrea said...

Ooo...OO... I want that fabric! So pretty!

Andrea said...

BTW.,, that hem idea is terrific. I will be doing that technique for sure.

Bonnie said...

You look beautiful! I love your dress, very nice! Thanks for the hem tip too!
Bonnie @ www.sewplus.blogspot.com

Faye Lewis said...

Very cute Sheila.

Dorothy DotDot said...

This is a dress with interest!

Sheila said...

Thank you Ladies.

Coco said...

Really lovely. You achieved a perfect fit, and the fabric is unique. Nice!

Sheila said...

Thank you Coco.

Beverly said...

simple but artsy is a good description. Very nice.

Sheila said...

Thank you Beverly.

Penelope White said...

LOVE IT!!!! That fabric is everything!

Sheila said...

Thank you Penelope ! !

Kelly Cook said...

That is such unique and fun fabric. Worked well for your dress.

Sheila said...

Thank you Kelly.

Stephanie Dean said...

The fabric, the fit- just lovely!

Sheila said...

Thank you Stephanie.

HobbyLover said...

Love Love Love your dress !

Sheila said...

Thank you HobbyLover ! !

Vanessa said...

Love the dress - the fabric and the style. Thank you for the hemming idea - I have done an overlocker rolled hem but hadn't thought of just going over and over with regular overlocking (serging).