Item number three for the the mini-wardrobe contest is now complete. I made this dress out of a rayon lycra purchased at Fabric.com, on sale some time ago. And with as lovely of a drape as this has, I am so glad I also bought yardage in fern green and coral. The buckle came from a dressy tank top I picked up at Forever 21 about 5 years ago. I never did like how lowcut the tank was and rarely wore it, but I loved the shell buckle. I am glad this pattern gave me a reason to finally pull it from the drawer and use it in one of my creations.
This pattern is easy to put together. I once again cut out a size 10 (36) and made no alterations except for eliminating the zipper. In the future, I will probably take about 1/2 inch out of the shoulder seams and redraft the v-neck to make it just a little higher. I notice I have just a few wrinkles that run down the shoulders on the front and I would like to eliminate that in future versions. I really took my time with cutting the pieces out too. I did not double the fabric, but instead cut out each piece from a single layer. This took much longer, but in the end it paid off. In the past, when I have cut knits in double layers, particularly knits that are this drapey, I have had some very warped pieces that didn't come together smoothly. I also remember reading about letting your fabric relax for 24 hours before you cut it. Maybe on Ann's blog. All the extra time was certainly worth it, but this dress would not be complete without the SHOEs. Love them! They are by Nine West bought on sale at Macy's.
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!