This is my most favorite make! I love the fabric, love the style, really I just love it all. If there was ever a dress that stood on the rooftop and shouted ASHLEY obnoxiously loud, this was it.
First, lets talk fabric (!!!!!). You may remember from my birthday post that this amazing creation is silk jersey from Mood with sheep and rabbits on it. (Side note: they could be dogs, too. I'm not too sure. I do know, however, that dogs tend to eat rabbits not hang out with them in gardens. So I'm choosing to believe they're sheep)
I was seriously scared to cut into this stuff, partly because doing so created the most expensive thing I've ever made, and mostly because I didn't want to waste my magical sheep dogs on any old pattern.
I settled on the Miz Mozelle Dress from Jamie Christina patterns. You can make it in stretch or woven fabrics, which I really love. There's also a peter pan collar, keyhole neckline, and an elasticated waist. So really what's NOT to love??
|I promise that stitching line is straight in real life...its just the gathering that makes it look crooked!|
I cut a size 6, and the fit is pretty spot on. According to the size chart, I should have cut a 10, but that just seemed way to big to me considering this is stretch fabric. I honestly don't think I would even size up in a non-stretch fabric. I've got plenty of breathing room in this one!
Next time, I think I'll probably take out about an inch in the center back. The collar is a bit droopy back there, and I definitely have more fabric in the back than I do in the front.
I didn't bother making the belt because: a) I'm not really into the whole matchy belt thing, b) I have this awesome belt that matches pretty much everything I own so I didn't want to waste the most fabulous fabric ever, and c) ain't nobody got time for that.
I hacked about 6 inches off the length of this dress...and I may even do a couple more in my next version. I only used about 1.75 yards of fabric, so if you're a bit taller than me and you have 2 yards of fabric, you can still make this fabulous dress!
The instructions, in hindsight, seem like they're really helpful and make a lot of sense. For some reason those crazy sheep-dogs on that fabric got the best of me, though, and I didn't really follow them. Instructions are more of a "guide" anyway, right? Riiiight.
|This is a good picture for pretending you have vertigo...|
Anyway the most major changes I made to the "guide" were:
- I didn't use bias binding at all. You guys know how I hate that stuff. For the neckline, I did something similar to Megan Nielsen's method of attaching a neckline band, and for the sleeves I just serged the raw edges, folded them under, and topstitched.
- I didn't interface the collar.
- I stitched the collar to the neckline, and then understitched it to the bodice neckline to stop the serged edge from rolling outward.
- I used my fabric to make a loop for the button instead of using cord. I stitched it on at the end instead of under my binding.
- I did a rolled hem on my serger
Seriously, though. Is there anything greater than silk jersey? I think not.
If anyone's interested, I can also post a tutorial for how I did my keyhole binding (warning: the photos were taken during my broken camera phase, so they're all iphone pics). Let me know if you guys are interested!
Do you have a fabric that you're hoarding? Afraid to cut into? Made into an awesome dress? Drop me a linky link below!