Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Quickie...

As I said in my last post,  I needed a quick project to finish off the week.  The Designer Inspired Series Dresses were labor intensive full of pattern alterations, hand stitching, lining and involved embellishments.  A quick and easy project was needed badly...

Enter Vogue 9245...I've been wanting to make it up in a ponte knit...and the purple ponte knit was calling out to my purple slingbacks...so it became this:



Now when I say quickie...it truly was a quickie!  The longest part of making this dress was making the pattern alterations I made last time permanent by making up an actual pattern piece instead of pivoting and sliding the pattern on the fabric.   Again the entire dress was sewn on my serger. 

I even only serged the neckline because even after raising it an inch it is still a titch too low for me...


...and the hemline of the dress.



However, this is still in the wearable muslin stage because even though I've got the sleeves to fit my bodacious biceps and enough fabric around my abdomen, I need to make an adjustment to the shoulder seams.  They are about an inch too long so that the sleeve cap is hanging down on my shoulder, a problem I don't remember experiencing when I made it up in the ITY knit.  Even though I never like to emphasize my booty, I will have to make a swayback adjustment if I want to continue to use this pattern.  This is just too poor of a back fit...



But the dress looks good with my purple slingbacks doesn't it!  *LOL* 




Now this is a do as I say - not a do as I do moment...because I am going to wear the dress out of the house...with a sweater on top of it! *LOL*  And I've already made the alterations to the pattern so that the next version will fit better.

I guess you're witnessing the process of a pattern getting to TNT status...since this particular one is better than the first but not yet at the point where I can lay it down on the fabric and end up with a great fitting dress.  Don't worry, I have plenty of ponte knits to make additional versions...so stay tuned for the next one!  However, it did fulfill two of my requirements today...it was quick and easy and it went with the purple slingbacks!

...more later!






19 comments:

  1. The front looks perfect! What a surprise when we scroll down to the back shot, lol! I look forward to hearing how you do the swayback adjustment. This is a problem I sometimes have.

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  2. Love it with the purple shoes! The back isn't your best fit, but I am glad to hear you are still going to wear it and I know you will get a perfect fit next time.

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  3. I think the garment did what you needed it to do - give you a quick project, plus some more details on how to make it fit better next time. That said - I think it looks great with the shoes and will work just fine with a cardi.

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  4. Purple looks good on you! The dress and shoes were made for each other.

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  5. It looks great with your purple slingbacks. Nice quickie project.

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  6. We're both wearing serger hems today. Me, a blouse I made years ago. I need to hem it, and tried this morning, but gave up because I didn't want to fight bias first thing in the morning. So, I'm doing a 'tunic' look today. lol

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  7. I love the dress -- it looks like it would have a nice swing to it, and is cute with or without a cardigan. I can see how the shoulder and back adjustments would improve it, but no reason not to enjoy it exactly as it is. Love the purple shoes too!

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  8. You know I absolutely love the shoes. They are perfect with the dress. I'm glad you mentioned the shoulders because I did notice it and thought to myself "that's not like her." The back does need some work but it also emphasizes that you do have a really cute shape. I've noticed that on the back of several of your garments. You got curves and that a GOOD thing!

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  9. This purple dress looks terrific with your shoes! The dress looks so good from the front. The jacket will cover the shoulders and back. Thanks for the idea. I'll remember it! It would be a shame to only use this nice fabric as a muslin.

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  10. I just love your dress! Looks great with the shoes. That dress is perfect for transition into fall. The serged neck and hem look great. Nice stitch on your serger.

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  11. I am loving purple too at the moment. That dress is a pretty shade of the color and the shoes match perfectly. Glad to know I am not the only sewist that sews garments to go with a pair of shoes. Hey, what do you think about the idea of a shoe inspired SWAP

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  12. How strange - I just finished a ponte kit tee that did the same thing - the shoulders hang too low, even though it's a TNT pattern.

    I love your TNT dress changes and designer interpretations!

    Caro

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  13. I love a quickie! That's a great color on you!

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  14. I need to make an adjustment to the shoulder seams. They are about an inch too long so that the sleeve cap is hanging down on my shoulder

    I have that problem all the time! I've ignored it for a while, but I think it's time to face the truth. :)

    It's looking good from the front, although it's a shame about the back. Still, the colour is pretty on you, and looks GREAT with those shoes!

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  15. Just great with those gorgeous shoes.

    I'm looking forward to learning how you adjust the back as I too have a "more generous" abdomen and a sway back. I used to make all my clothes but confess I haven't sewn for about 15 years - during which time my shape has definitely progressed "outwards".

    Thank you for you wonderful, inspiring blog that I discovered through dear Gaylen,

    Michelle, downunder in Wellington, New Zealand (and my rescued Zebby Cat, of course), sending care and loud puRRRRRumbles from us

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  16. You look gorgeous in lavender! Great dress!

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  17. I really like this for you! The little bit of volume in the skirt works well. I just made a top with a serged neckline! Man, talk about easy.

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  18. I love this dress! The colour is great and the front fit is perfect. What a great idea for a quick wearable project. I'll have to remember that serged neckline trick!

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  19. You are totally stylin' in this dress!

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