You want pictures, dontcha, well that's for the few that haven't already scrolled ahead to see both dresses! *LOL* Let's start with the Macy's Color Blocked Dress:
TNT dress pattern cut to reflect the color blocking of the original dress
1.5 yards black doubleknit purchased from Metro Textiles
.5 yard red doubleknit purchased from Metro Textiles
.25 yard beige/nude Sophia knit purchased from fabric.com
22" invisible zipper
3 yards black knit bias binding
Some additional information:
Originally, I was going to add short sleeves to this dress. But after letting it hang overnight, I decided to keep it true to the original inspiration photo. Since I did not plan to line the dress, I added black knit bias binding to the armholes and the neckline.
Due to the fabric, this dress hangs a little closer to my body than my original TNT dress does. My DD thinks it looks good this way, and you know me...I like the illusion of close-fitting, not a dress that is actually close-fitting! So I will probably wear it with a black doubleknit Burda cardigan that I made about five years ago.
I am very happy with how the dress turned out. It was relatively simple to duplicate and even though the dress can be purchased (and in a plus size too) it was fun to make this journey.
One more shot...
Next up is the Burda 09-2005-115 Dress
This dress was a lot of pattern work! The actual sewing was simple but...well we all know how I feel about tracing patterns, so let's not rehash that, okay! *LOL* We took a lot of pictures but it's really hard to get those seamlines upclose on my point and shoot...and this just emphasizes my thoughts when I was making the dress...that the seaming is so subtle, you will need to be right up on me to actually see it. However, it was an interesting sewing challenge to grade the pattern pieces from a size 36-44 up to my size which is a Burda 50/52.
My TNT dress pattern was the starting point along with the pattern pieces from the Sept. 2005 issue of Burda World of Fashion. This was a hand-in-hand partnership. There would be no finished dress without either pattern.
2 yards of raspberry light-midweight doubleknit fabric purchased from fabric.com
2 yards of raisin lining fabric from the collection
22" invisible zipper
Additional construction information:
I did add the short sleeves to this dress. I used the sleeve pattern from my TNT dress cutting it with a center seamline and leaving a 3" opening at the bottom to add a little interest to the sleeve. I also topstitched both sides of the sleeve and the hem.
I added the sleeves because I want to be able to wear the dress either alone or with a cardigan.
Like the original pattern, this dress is lined but only the body of the dress not the sleeves. It's a really pretty dress and works well with the last Burda cardigan that I made. It will work with quite a few other cardigans and jackets in my wardrobe, too.
Here's a photo of everything I made during my sewcation:
3 dresses, 1 top, 1 cardigan and a pair of pants. Not as much as last year but then this time I wasn't going for quantity, I was sewing what interested me. All pictures can be seen here. There does appear to be a theme to these pieces, that was totally unintended. Black, white & red ~ totally work ready!
Melissa had this question:
"Where do you get your tracing paper? The last batch I got from Nancy's Notions and it's thicker/heavier than I would like, especially for fitting."
The tracing paper is from Dick Blick. I bought it upon Ann's recommendation. Follow the link's on her post and you can order some too. I bought two rolls of the tracing paper and boy am I glad that I did. I went through a lot of it this week and it was wonderful to use.
One last piece of business and I'm out to veg on the couch and watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy on TNT...Denise who authors the blog, The Blue Gardenia, is doing a sewing book giveaway. Surf over and see which one of her favorite bloggers book she is giving away!
Well that's it for me...hope you made it this far! Cause I have a parting shot to share...me and The Little Prince who will be 18 months old this week!
...as always, more later!