I’ll just fess up right now. I’m a bad blogger lately. Not like I haven’t had legitimate reasons. First, we had a freaking snowstorm last weekend. 3 inches of heavy, wet snow, on trees that still were loaded with leaves. We lost many branches, including the entire top of a 60 foot oak that landed on the transformer that feeds the entire neighborhood, and another branch that took out a part of our new fence. FML, you know? But at least we were only (“only”) without power for 4 days. Our best man was without power for a week. We had to throw out almost all the contents of our fridge. I’m asking Santa for a whole-house generator for Christmas. As God is my witness, I’ll never go without Internet again!
So, how you been?
Pattern Description: Hot on Trend little black dress with stylish square shoulders. Use lace base fabric for scallop hem edge
Sizing: 6-20. I made a size 10
Fabric Used: Super Stretch Heavy RPL – Black from Gorgeous Fabrics. (You know what’s coming, right?) Sold out, sorry!
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 Needle. Pro-tricot interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Thread.
Tips Used during Construction: And Now a Word from the Pressinatrix.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? I didn’t use them. This pattern is beautifully drafted, and it went together with no problems.
Construction Notes: Because I was using a super stretchy fabric, I decided against lining it. I drafted neckline facings from the pattern. The construction process was quite simple. The only thing I would note is that you may want to clip the curves in the sleeve heads. The curves are quite sharp, and even though the seam allowances are only 3/8 inches, they can benefit from clipping and careful pressing.
I did a FBA, after which I ended up adding some length to the darts. I debated about adding a front waistline dart, but I decided for now to forgo one. I may add one in later. I did a small swayback adjustment.
Likes/Dislikes: Love, love, LOVE the fact that these patterns are drafted with RTW standard (i.e. no extra) ease in the sleeve heads!!!! This pattern goes together beautifully.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I recommend it for intermediate-level stitchers.
Conclusion: I love the fit through the shoulders. I love the Karl Lagerfeld-ish lines. It is bound to become one of my go-to patterns! Here are pictures on Shelley.
It’s Not Always About Me
Other things have been happening around the home front, preventing me from sewing. DS the Eldest is Drum Major of the high school band, and he’s been conducting! Here’s a shot that DH took at the last game of him conducting “Georgia”
And this morning, DS the Younger had a dance competition. This time he’s competing at the Silver (intermediate) level. He did great – all first places!
(PS – there was some serious fug going on in the dresses and spray tans, but that’s for another post.)
And can I show you something fun? This is him last year at the same competition. He’s getting so grown up!
Next it’s onto Pippa. The gala is less than a month away and I have to start cutting the real fabric. More soon!