The title of this post is the name of the fabric that my local fabric shop used. It’s still my favourite fabric name ever.
I know this blog can be a bit boring – I bought this, I made that – but that was the main reason I started it, to keep a record for myself. It’s lovely having readers, but I need to remember the reason for its existence, which is all about meeeeeee :). I will say that I enjoy reading other people’s “I bought that, I made this” blogs.
So on that note, here’s another “I made this” post.
New Look NL6067.
The neckline isn’t mis-aligned, it just looks that way in the photo, honest.
(Ignore the white spots – they are on my camera lens, not the dress. And there are parts that look really shiny and, although this fabric did pick up a bit of shine when being pressed, it’s definitely not as shiny in real life as the photos make it look.)
On the positive side, I really, really like this dress. On the negative side, it really, really doesn’t suit me. It’s the pleats at the waist of the skirt that are the problem. I mentioned here that pleats at the waist of a skirt is not a good look for me, and this dress has shown me that I really, really mustn’t ignore this fact in the future. I love the pleated bodice and I may do some franken-patterning and make another dress using this bodice, but using a straight skirt with no pleats, or maybe a flared skirt such as the one I used on my green and white Burda dress. I’ve also considered removing the skirt from this version and replacing it with a plain black skirt, but I’m not sure I want to put in the amount of work that will require – I really, really hate unpicking – and I’d have to buy some suitable fabric.
I have a question I always ask Mr RTS when I show him something new that I’ve made – “If I tried this on in a shop, would you say that I should buy it, or not?” Sometimes his answer is an absolute “yes”, sometimes it’s a “depends how much” and sometimes it’s a “no”. This was a “no” and, if I’m honest, it’s probably one of those things that I wouldn’t even bother leaving the changing room to show him.
I might let it age in the wardrobe for a while, but I think the chances are that it’ll end up going to the charity shop. The nice thing about it is that it’s finished very well on the inside, fully-lined, all serged seams, etc, so I have no worries about giving it away.
Although the finished dress doesn’t work for me, I really enjoyed sewing it. I used some of the techniques from the Susan Khalji Couture Dress course, mainly for tracing, sewing and altering the muslin, and for marking the pleats on the proper version, which made it feel like a very easy and controlled process. I often feel as though sewing is a bit too “vague” for me (for want of a better word), and the Couture Dress course has given me back some control.
The belt included piping which is something I haven’t sewn before, mainly because nothing I’ve sewn has called for it, and I found it very easy to sew, especially once I’d pinned it to the correct side of the fabric!
So that’s it for now. I still have two things left to sew for my Burda Challenge (the sleeveless blouse left over from February, and the pleated skirt (yeah, I know, but it’s already cut out) for March. Two garments, two days – no problem!?!
I’ve also just worked out how to change the header image on WordPress. I was getting bored of the default snowy image, especially as it’s been so nice and sunny recently. As it’s so easy, this may get changed regularly – mainly to remind me to use some of my stash fabrics (the new image is a tiny portion of one of my “too nice to use fabrics”).
Stash update: I haven’t been updating my stash on here as much as I should, but as of today my fabric notebook tells me I have 280.55m.