A few months ago, I had the pleasure of spending the day with two lovely sewing divas and it was a blast. Of course, we ended up in the garment district and popped in and out of a few fabric shops. One fabric store had me going gaga over their knits and to add to it, they were on sale. .. Chic Fabrics
Went with Version A and used the sleeves from Version B and shortened. I love a bold & dramatic print, I guess it stems from having a tranquil/drama free lifestyle and my subconscious seeks it in my fabrics....lol In comes this b/w cheetah/zebra/giraffe animal print with its bold electric blue stripe. A quick tissue fit and finished garment measurement check required I cut the pattern down from a 16 to a 14 for the body and armhole, 12 for the shoulders & neckline since I was using a knit.
After machine basting the dress together with 3/8" seam allowances, minus the bust darts & waist darts, tried on, and opted out of the darts and serged the seams between 7/16" & 1/2" for a closer fit. Although I cut the sleeves at 14, I ended up removing a smidge from the sleeve cap. Also, I had to put in front/back neckline darts. Fully lined the body of dress with a medium weight black tricot gifted to me... totally love lining with tricot. However, I am learning that one must tread carefully when lining with tricot. I currently have a dress that I made using a light weight fashion fabric knit and used a med. weight tricot and it appears the weight of the lining is pulling the dress. Sooo, I haven't worn it because I need to remove the lining... uggh.
ok... where was I, yes... my dramatic dress. I llllllllllllllllooove this print, its screams hear me RoaR... lol.
Did my standard hemming method of machine hemming the lining and fusing the fabric hem line w/ no-sew heatn'bond. Now you know I need a few more of these .............. right ???? of course I do...lol
The weather is a tad bit warmer and opted for a black refashioned short sleeve blazer, but trust & believe I have my rideordie pashmina.
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Have a Great Week!!!