My one goal this last while has been to sew up my stash and what better way than in outfits. I had to plan for this. I pulled out patterns and fabrics I wanted to use and then started sketching ideas as they came to me. Here are three of the sketches with corresponding garments .
And here is the sketch for what I'm showing you today
I used M6559 which I had muslined previously. I made the dress View D and the shrug View B
I didn't photograph the shrug but here's the dress.
The fabric is rayon jersey for both pieces.
I cut my usual size 12 but added 1/2" at the side seams. I wouldn't have needed the extra and ended up with one inch side seams.
I widened the shoulders by a half inch because my muslin showed me that they didn't cover my bra straps.I also did an FBA.
To match the stripes I both pinned and hand basted the side seams and it was well worth it.
I added a casing and elasticized the waist to form a blouson effect. For a belt, I made three long tubes, and braided them together at the back. Cute ,isn't it!
I find myself not really liking maxis that go right to the floor and I think the length I chose is more flattering for my figure.
I used a twin needle to finish the hem because I knew that otherwise I'd end up with popped stitches.
The neck and arm bands were finished using the black strpe from the fabric.
As for the shrug, can I tell you a secret? I finished all edges with Steam-a-Seam. It remains to be seen if I'll need to sew them later! Oh, and I shortened the ties byfour inches. It really was too long.
I really love this outfit which I wore to a seniors pageant where I was a judge and got loads of compliments.
Here's a sketch on what I'm working on now.
Happy July 1st to my fellow Canadians !