Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm Leaving it All in the Front!

In my opinion, the most important aspect of making this garment work is ~ perfect pattern piece layout.  Laying the pattern on the panel to get the optimum effect was my first priority. To achieve that I made entirely new pattern pieces. These pieces allowed me to use a single pattern layout. That way I could most effectively use the fabric, as well as, have the ability to see how the pattern pieces lay on the fabric.


Background Information...
But before I even got to that point, I did a little research.  Gigi, who use to blog at "Gigi Sews" has a great blog post (yes, her blog is still up and accessible) on how to best use a large scale print called, "Pattern Matching Tutorial".  This is a fantastic post with great pictures that I read through a couple of times.  Gigi also did a series of posts on The Sewing Divas blog, called "Distinctive Prints" that I also referred to before working with my panel.


Why did I use these blog posts?  Because I've seen some of the garments that Gigi has made which have excellent pattern matching. I wanted to walk in the footsteps of someone with that kind of proven sewing experience and emulate it. Because to me, this dress will ONLY work if I'm very careful with the pattern placement on the dress front.  Can you tell that I was hyperventilating about this aspect of the dress' design, wondering if once again I've bitten off more than I can chew?





I laid the pattern pieces out several ways on the panel until I decided on the one above...which was really my first choice but I wanted to see the other options to make sure I wasn't missing something. Then I carefully pinned it all down and cut it out. Okay, honestly I laid it out, pinned it down and let it sit for a few days while I walked around it...stared at it...and let it marinate before I finally took the scissors to it!


Construction Techniques...
Since I have a limited amount of fabric for the dress front, I block fused the floral piece of the panel to insure that I wouldn't have to recut the facing piece.  



This was done to insure that the yoke piece 
was not distorted by my handling of it...


Here is the front stitched together...




I still have to make some decisions about short sleeves vs. sleeveless and I have to work on the back...but I took a breathe, put on my big girl panties and moved forward...I mean it's only fabric, right?!


...as always more later!



15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous fabric Carolyn! It's going to look fabulous.

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  2. Absolutely stunning. Thank you!

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  3. Incredible fabric, Carolyn! This will be stunning when complete.

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  4. My first thought when I saw the yoke piece was wow very pretty! Then I saw the rest of the fabric and thought WOW!!
    This is going to be a gorgeous dress.

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  5. Looking wonderful already. This is going to be a stunning dress.

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  6. ooooooh luscious. What fun would it have been if there wasn't a fear factor?

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  7. The fabric is beautiful. I can't wait to see the dress completed.

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  8. Thanks (I think lol) for your lead on my shoes post! I currently have $240 worth of sale shoes in my Clarks shopping cart - I just pray that I don't love them ALL! ;-D

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  9. Very interesting dress developing there, looks wonderful. Really have enjoyed the last few you have posted - so distinct but still so classy.

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  10. Oh, I would be totally panicking about cutting into that Valentino panel too! A person could cry days over a mistake with this baby, but it look like you're on the right track.

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  11. That is one fantastic fabric - absolutely gorgeous and the pairing with the floral print is lovely.

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  12. Wow. That's already looking impressive.

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  13. Ahhh...the entire front as a whole makes so much sense! Waiting in anticipation.....

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  14. Talk about technique! Yes, I agree....it's only fabric but precious in a sewist's (say that ten times!)sight. You just want it to turn out right!....right? Looks like you are well on your way to a FANTASTIC dress!

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  15. It's looking good Carolyn. I wish I could be like you and just "sew." I stew about every single garment I "attempt" to make. Then procrastination sets in and I hardly get anything made. Not to mention the Interwebs distracting me. I need a 12 step program. :)

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