Monday, August 26, 2013

Chado Ralph Rucci Fabric - Some Construction Info

Sunday was a good sewing day.  Maybe it helped that I posted very early Sunday morning so I paid no attention to the blog for the rest of the day...maybe it was that it was peaceful and quiet ~ everyone out doing their own thing leaving me alone...or maybe it was just that I'm obsessed with this fabric.

However, I think it was because I set a very low goal for myself on Sunday. After getting everything cut out Saturday evening, I thought I would just trace all the darts, cut out all the interfacing/support, and serge finish all of the pieces. That was my goal for Sunday to get everything ready to sew since my sewcation starts on Friday.

Well that's not what happened.  I got into the zone and I got the shells for both the dress and the skirt finished. There is still a lot of work left to be done with both pieces, but they look so amazing, if I must say so myself, that I'm just in awe of this fabric.

Seriously, I tell y'all to buy a lot of fabric but if you can afford to get some of this, please buy it in one of the two colorways - purple/black or charteuse green/black. It has been a total joy to work with and sew! It's $25 per yard, about 55" wide and a mid-weight hand. If you're not in the NYC area, please call Mood at 212.730.5003 and ask about it.

Okay now to the pieces...

I put a lot of thought into these pieces before choosing patterns and cutting them out. I know that the process seems like it went really fast but I was very invested in this piece so I was obsessing over it. After realizing I could get three pieces out of the fabric, I went for it.

The dress ~
I started with my Whitney version of my TNT dress pattern and I used the purple bands to color block. Here is where it stands now:




A few construction pictures...


Added a stripe of ltwt fusible knit to the center backs
before applying the invisible zipper to prevent 
rippling when inserting the zipper

Added seam tape to the shoulders 
to stabilize them and prevent stretching

This dress also will have long sleeves.  I want to wear this dress alone without a cardigan or jacket.  I don't want anything covering the color blocking so of course the sleeves have a little of the purple on them too.



Like I said I still have to line and hem this dress...but I feel like I'm in the home stretch and I'm so thrilled with the dress already.

The skirt ~


This is NOT the real color of the purple! It's much richer!!!

I went simple with the skirt on purpose. It will have a small waistband in black ~ there will only be purple at the hemline. This skirt also has a back vent, not a slit. I took my time with this because I really want to pay homage to how beautiful this fabric is.  

Also, I want this skirt to mix and match with several things already in my wardrobe AND the jacket that I'm working on from this fabric that's a little funky. The jacket is the only thing that I haven't worked on even though I meant to! But how can I be upset when I ended up with these two awesome pieces...



If you're following me on instagram, you've seen the pic above, because I posted it as a sneak peek last night.  During the sewcation, I will be photographing things first on Instagram because it's so much easier to take a quick pic, caption it and keep sewing than to stop and blog.  My goal for this sewcation is to sew, sew, sew!  I will be blogging but it won't be a priority.  

This will probably be my last post on these pieces until they appear on the Mood Sewing Network!  When I have a date, I'll let you know.

I'm very excited...because my sewcation is actually at hand.  It's days away and I know what projects I'm going to work on.  Did I say I'm excited...okay I'm sooooooo excited! *LOL*

...as always more later!

36 comments:

  1. So far... soooo beautiful! Really lovely... looking forward to the post of it all completed! Now I wish I did instagram! Have fun sewing... now if you can only keep your mind on work until then... Good Luck With That! LoL

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  2. I love it when you just in the zone and things go well. Both pieces looking good so far, love the colour combo. My husband has to go to the UK on Friday so maybe I will have my own mini sewcation this weekend too!

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  3. gosh that is looking lovely can't wait to see it finished

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  4. Oh wow! I just LOVE that front
    color blocking detail. It's going
    to be GORGEOUS! Great job, and such
    a beautiful meshing of fabrics.
    You'll wear and enjoy these for years .. classic and elegant.

    ~Joy~

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  5. They are gorgeous pieces. I cannot wait till you model them.

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  6. Fabulous color blocking! That dress is going to be SO flattering! Can't wait to see you model the finished dress.

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  7. This is going to be a beautiful dress and I want some of that fabric!

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  8. Gorgeous garments! The fabrics sounds awesome.

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  9. I love the type of sewing day you described, it is the best. Love your dress and skirt, you used the fabric in such perfect ways.

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  10. Quite sophisticated, very NYC combo so far. Instagram makes it faster? Hmmmmm, faster blogging is better blogging, I'd say and if you're able to reach the Zone then it's worth looking in to.

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  11. Very nice and yes, very sophisticated.

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  12. These pieces are just amazing! I can't wait to see the final result. You've really raised the bar with this!

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  13. Oh Carolyn! Both pieces are TDF. I can feel your excitement from way up here in Canada!

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  14. This dress is so killer! I'm glad you had enough left over for the skirt, too. You're always so clever with color blocking, but this is really looking extra cool!

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  15. Fabulous colour blocking. Can hardly wait to see the finished garments.

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  16. Two fabulous pieces added to your work wardrobe. I love the design detail and the color combo. Great job!

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  17. Fantastic and inspired! Really cool ideas, really nice execution. Looking forward to seeing this completed. Your description definitely has me drooling over this fabric!

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  18. I absolutely love love love both pieces and you are so very inspiring. I can hear my sewing machine purring in my head. Thanks for the beautiful pics and the push I needed to get me going on the sewing front.

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  19. Jealousy is never becoming...ahem. I LOVE what you did with the fabric. Gorgeous.

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  20. Looks amazing so far! The dress might be one of my favorites that you have made, ever. Can't wait to see your finished collection.

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  21. Great dress! Paying homage to the Eighties I see:)
    I normally use organic fabrics from www.organiccottonplus.com, but I'll definitely check out your sources.

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  22. My jaw dropped when I saw these. You created beautiful pieces of clothing. I can tell you are proud, and you should be. Thank you.

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  23. Loveing what I see. Very beautiful fabric.

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  24. These two pieces are gorgeous already! Happy Sewcation!

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  25. Wow, the color blocking looks fantastic! I've never sewn with knits, so I probably won't snap any of this material up for myself, but it sure looks great the way you've made it up.

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  26. What a treat to work with such exquisite fabric! It always seems to make us put forth the super effort it deserves.

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  27. I really love the color blocking! I will keep my eyes glued to instagram :)

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  28. That is some seriously cool fabric. I love both pieces but the dress is really fantastic.

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  29. Love these! Your enthusiasm is infectious. I have to check in with you often to motivate myself to sew and not just read about everyone else's projects. :-)

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  30. Wow, dress and skirt look beautiful so far. Love your fabric layout on the dress. Wouldn't have come up with that on my own.

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  31. Beautiful! I love the way you put in those tips and share bits of advice as you go along. Thanks for taking the time to do this. So many of us like to just sit down and sew without thinking of the people who are still learning... or those of us who may have forgotten some things.

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