Monday, August 1, 2011

Sewing through...

Folklore Socialite 1
I may have mentioned this before, but I'm completely overwhelmed by all the fabric in my sewing room, so I've been trying to sew through what I have set aside for garment-making. It's a quick and easy way to decimate yardage, which is a big plus. Getting cute, tailored clothes is another plus. What you see above is my first crack at Anna Maria Horner's Socialite Dress pattern, out of Lecien My Folklore fabric purchased from my local quilt shop.

My Folklore Socialite back
For the most part, I really like this dress. There are no closures, so it comes together easily and just slips on. There are great pockets at just the right place, so that's a HUGE bonus. I'm iffy about the back, though, and looking for some suggestions. I know I could belt this, and I have enough fabric left over to make one, but in general I don't much like that look, and I don't really want to draw attention to my midsection. However, the back has all that gathering, but isn't really roomy below the waist (ahem), so I feel like there's an extra pouf of fabric at the back. It feels odd. When I wore it to work one of my coworkers said it was fine, but I'm still not sure... I really love the front. Have you made this dress? What do you do? I'm considering making another muslin and removing the gathered fabric from the back.

city skirt 1
Here's a fun skirt I made using a Michael Miller (?) print, also from my LQS. This is the same skirt I've made three times already, but when I love something, I do it over and over. My favorite part about this skirt is the button:

city skirt button
Yeah, I know nobody will see it, but it's awesome. And it makes me happy.

big button dress 2
But lest you think it's all success around here (ha!), here is a borderline craft fail I made months ago but am only finally getting the nerve to post. I used this easy tutorial and some more fabric from my LQS that had been sitting around forever, but I don't think I like it. I'm not sure exactly what it is: The fit is fine, the sleeves are cute, the covered buttons are sweet, and there are pockets! But it just isn't working for me.

big button dress 3
I think it looks borderline nightgown, in a weird way. What do you think? I wonder if it has to do with the dark fabric being the main and the light fabric being the accent. If I had switched them, would it be better? Or if it were made of all one fabric? Or does this dress just say "fall" and need dark tights and knee-high boots underneath? Suggestions? I'm afraid this will just be relegated to my closet... maybe I can turn it into a top?


oh, jenny mae said...

i've always wanted to make the socialite dress. i have to get the pattern first, i suppose...

have you tried that last one with a belt? i use belts all the time with dresses.

two hippos said...

I love dresses with pockets! I think the last one might need some boots to make it work. Or a belt, though I'm not usually a belt person. I think the light fabric works as an accent on the sleeves but might be too much on the skirt part? But I think it's totally resuscitatable (is that a word?) with some boots. In fact, I kind of want to make one myself.