23.8.15

Inadvertent Cocktail Waitress Dress


This is the V-necked dress I drafted as part of the Craftsy course "Creative Necklines" with Suzy Furrer".  I am slowly making my way through the drafts in the course.  I want to make the patterns up for real, not just in muslin, and I had the idea that I could do this from my stash.  Initially I paired this eyelet with a textured blue fabric for the skirt, but at the last minute, I decided the blue would get greater wear as the shorts for which it was originally intended, so switched it out for a black sateen remnant.  Once completed, I could see that the pairing is not so great, with the eyelet being day wear and the black not so much and so I have ended up with a cocktail waitress looking dress, which will probably be relegated to the dress-up box.


I made a little peplum thingy.  The eyelet is lined with cotton batiste.


 It was a bit tricky deciding how to construct the dress. Black zip or white zip?  Lining or interlining of the eyelet?  How to work the zip with the peplum?  I went with an invisible zip in the side, so that it would be less obvious if it wasn't completely invisible.  I really need to get a stash of regular zips so that I can do lapped zips.  I don't think it turned out too badly.


I am reasonalby happy with the fit in the bodice I am not super happy with the fit of the skirt on my dress block.  It is a bit poochy at the front hips and pulls on the buttocks.  I guess there is only so much shaping that can be achieved with a single dart front and back.


I really need to go back to my block and adjust the back length, as it is a bit long on all my dresses.  The frustrations of making that block has left me a little scarred though, so I am hesitant to go back and fix it.  Also, I think I really need a bit more ease in the waist, even though I added the recommended amount to the initial moulage.  I have another dress made on this block and another cut out, but then, I should perhaps review my block.

8 comments:

  1. Love that you are working through the course. It is one of my courses I haven't started. Thrilled to see your work in general, particularly impressed with this little top.

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  2. Ditto sdBev's comments, its a class I haven't yet started so its lovely to see what you are achieving and the eyelet top is gorgeous.

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  3. I like your dress, of course the top makes it. It looks very well drafted so the course is proving it's worth. Before I go can I get a gin and tonic ;)

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  4. Very good result on the drafting again. The v neck is perfect. I've made little alterations to my block too after making the first garments, so probably that's common. What you want to take away is not a lot, an easy change?

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  5. Your self drafted garments are so successful; well fitting and with interesting necklines. You are making feel quite guilty that I have all the Furrer Craftsy classes, but have only partially watched one. Your are inspiring me to get back to the classes.

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  6. Always inspiring to see your creations of this class. The top is perfect!

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  7. Its cute. If you want to wear it by day you could pair it with black or white flatform sandals.

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