Where does the time go? It’s pretty disconcerting how easily the months slide by lately, but I’m trying not to worry about it. I started a new graduate program this fall, and although I’ve been careful to take time for certain crucial activities…
|homemade apple fritters (thanks to Josh)|
|Live music at Lotus Fest (Dhaka Brakha – they are amazing!)|
I ended up extending the side panels on the bodice all the way down the skirt. I guess I should have just stuck with my original plan to use Colette’s Lily pattern. There were a couple problems with using the zigzag print for the entire skirt. First, it was a little overwhelming when stretched over the widest part of my body:
A little much, right? Second, there was this:
I swear I matched the pattern before I cut… but obviously something went wrong. Putting in the black side panels took care of both of these problems, and also allowed me to get a really good fit by creating princess seams. I’d still like to try this pattern with the original skirt (which has pleats and is less fitted) – just maybe in a solid or a a print that doesn’t have loud, horizontal zigzag stripes.
I’d say more about the construction of this dress, but the insides aren’t much to brag about. I pinked a lot of the seams. I suppose that’s pretty lazy, but with this fabric (stretch sateen) I think it works. I did add a little pocket which I quite like:
It’s basically an in-seam pocket at the waist, and I made it just big enough to hold a library card. In case, ya know, I decide to wear this dress to hang out at our public library.
I used two different materials for the facings because the main fabrics are so contrasting. This way, if the facing pokes out a little it won’t be blatantly obvious (which it would be if it were all black or all white). I remember that figuring out how to attach this cut this facing, piece it together, and attach it to the bodice made my head hurt, a lot. Ever staring at it now is making me confused. Hopefully I won’t have to do this again soon.
Thanks timestamp, for reminding me just what a procrastinator I am. On the other hand, it makes it easy to aim for improvement! All I have to do is post my next project before April!
See ya soon! (I hope!)