Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dress Number 7

Yes, I've just completed my seventh dress of the year...and it's one more dress using my TNT pattern.  Actually it is a spring and summer version of the wool beige crepe dress that I made for the SWAP competition...except this one is in ivory.

I really should be tired of working with this pattern, but it's a silhouette that looks good on me.  And do you know how hard it is to find a well-fitted sheath dress in a plus size...d*mn near impossible!  Let's not mention the fact that I can make it in any color or fabrication that I want...or the fact that I can just lay the pattern down on the fabric, cut it out and stitch it up.  I think I tried today's version on after I hemmed it...ummm, that's my very last step and yet it fit...wonderfully!


This iteration is made from an ivory sandwashed silk twill that has been in my stash for over a decade.  I bought it from a shop on 40th Street that no longer exists and have held onto it for years waiting for just the right project.  It is lined with a tan bemberg lining...which has become my lining of choice!  I just love slipping into a dress lined with this fabric.  Not only does the rayon lining feel luxurious next to the skin but it is also cool in the spring/summer and warm in the fall/winter besides helping the fashion fabric hold it's shape.

An invisible zipper in the back, lace on the hem of the lining and bound armholes are standard in my TNT sleeveless dress.  This version also has the little v-neckline with a seam down the  front.  Loads of fitting opportunities to perfect the fit of the dress, if they needed perfecting! *smile*

My goal is to have a version of this dress in every color in either a sleeveless or short sleeve version.  I'm even thinking about a 3/4 (bracelet) length version for fall because it just functions so well in my work wardrobe.  These dresses can be worn with cardigans, jackets or alone with an amazing necklace and be perfect for work.

I did cut out this sheer lightweight linen for the "quirky" little jacket in Butterick 5460.  It's not finished but it will be a quick sew and will be a wonderful addition to my new TNT sleeveless dress.

(purchased from Kincus Fabrics during PR weekend)

I'm off to watch the last episode of Lost!  Can't believe we've finally come to the end...

...as always, more later!

22 comments:

  1. All the kids were home, and had friends over, so I taped Lost. I'll be up all night watching it...

    That simple dress always looks good on you. It comforts me to know I'm not the only one to retreat endlessly to a familiar pattern.

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  2. Perfect for summer! Love the fabric for the jacket too.

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  3. I don't think that there is anything wrong with developing and sewing a TNT pattern. It's a great dress that looks great on you. I've enjoyed sewing the same pattern in several iterations (after I have perfected the fit), so more power to you!

    Rose in SV

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  4. It's gorgeous as usual. I really like that color tone on you. Can't wait to see the jacket.

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  5. As the saying goes if its not broke......
    I love the fabric for the jacket. Can't wait to see it.

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  6. I'm enjoying ivory for my winter sewing. I just cut out a rayon knit top in this very colour. Is that a pair of your lovely nude coloured shoes you have paired with this dress? I have perfected my TNT sheath but the only variations I've done so far are neckline shape changes. You inspire me to use it in other ways!

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  7. Hi Carolyn,

    What pattern are you using for this awesome dress? I've looked and looked and haven't manage to find anything as great as this dress. Thanks!

    Brenda

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  8. Another great TNT dress, can't beat them for both easy sewing and easy dressing. I'm on season 2 of lost so going to have to keep my head down for a while to avoid a big spoiler!!

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  9. THat dress looks so wonderful on you. You look stunning.

    I never watched lost. Can you imagine that? But I think I am finally getting interested in it now, so I guess I'll have some catching up to do :-D

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  10. Love a faithful TNT pattern! I think your dot fabric is darling. Can't wait to see it.

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  11. I love this simple ivory dress that can be coordinated with so many different colors.

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  12. What a beautiful, elegant version of your TNT. Ivory sandwashed silk will be so lovely for the summer and will co-ordinate wonderfully well with just about any colour you choose (and that jacket is going to be gorgeous with it). Like you, I love bemberg linings - they feel so good and drape just right under dresses.

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  13. Lovely summer dress! It is nice to see you in a lighter color after your darker hued swap.

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  14. I've been following your blog like forever. Love the clothing you make. This is a great dress and a wonderful color on you.
    Do you wash or dry clean your clothing and if you wash how does the bamberg hold up. The bolts say dry clean.

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  15. I like the dress and want to see that jacket fabric made up with it.

    I want to ask you a question though, I think I noticed a picture of "how to use, adapt and design sewing patterns" by Lee Hollahan on your blog not long ago. Do you use this book? Would you recommend it or have any thoughts about it you'd care to share?

    Also, with the bemberg lining are garments dry clean only?

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  16. I love that dress. I heard your "use what you know" stanza in my head this weekend as I traced a BWOF skirt only to sew it up in muslin and have it not fit. Darn it!! g

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  17. Nothing wrong in my world with making a TNT pattern over and over again. Like you said - change the fabric, change the accessories and you have completely different looks, but all ones that fit well and that you love. :)

    McCalls 3830 is becoming that for me. This weekend I'm hoping to knock out another 1 or 2. Wheee!

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  18. You gotta love a TNT!!! To be able to just cut and sew, no measuring, altering, or even muslining!! The color looks great with your skin.

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  19. This is a beautiful dress that fits you perfectly and silk twill sounds so comfortable for summer.

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  20. Beautiful dress. Classy and flattering. Nicely done!

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  21. Your lovely dress looks great on you!

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