Simply Red

After a 24 mile round trip I have a red invisible zip, and now a completed dress!  I am also definitely ordering a stock of zips from Jaycotts.  I paid £3.90 for a 52cm long invisible zip!  That’s madness!!  Anyway, rant over, here’s the completed dress, and a happy Daughter No2 in the sunshine to show it off.

We love a little contrast, this turquoise belt is great with the red.

The panels work really well, tailoring the bodice to her shape.  The stretch cotton has a tendence to, well, stretch.  So the lining is a stretch cotton poplin, with much less movement to keep the whole thing together.

Why can’t we have more sun? Everything is so much better for it, including these pretty poppies.

The back was kept simple.  There is just one seam, I really don’t think it needed any more than that.

The back is simple, just two panels!

For some extra info, this dress was cut from the 2-piece dress block (from Winnifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting) and adapted to the sleeveless block.

Posing!

Next time we’ll have more fabric to play with, and will make a fuller skirt.  For now though, Daughter No2 is very happy with her new dress.  Will the weather gods please let us have some sun so she can wear it??

 

I’m still here – somewhere…

Oh boy, I’ve not been good at updating, have I?  1 000 apologies.  I even missed a milestone!  This little blog was one whole year old on the 27th June!  I missed it.  😦

So here’s what I’m working on for Daughter No2 at the moment.  It’s not a pincushion, or a totebag.  It’s a dress!  YAY!  We’d seen this dress on Modcloth over a year ago, and liked the panels on the bodice, so we pinned it for future reference.  I managed finally to get the pattern cut last weekend, and got to make the toiles this weekend!

Here’s what the bodice section looks like in a plain fabric:

Second toile of the bodice, showing all the panel seams

And here’s the nice stuff all cut out and ready for tailor tacking!  I really hope to get it made up tomorrow, so fingers crossed there are no visitors!  😀  The fabric is a John Kaldor stretch cotton sateen print in red and white that I bought in Derby from Tatler Fabrics.  I only had 1.5m, so the skirt on this dress will just be a simple A-line, rather than anything fuller.  But I have a feeling I might be making more than one version of this, so stick around to see variations on the skirt.

All cut out and nowhere to go!

And a close-up of all those bodice panel pieces….

Five bodice panel pieces. On the front.

 

So I’ll see you tomorrow with the finished garment and someone with a biiig grin on her face!  Let’s just hope it isn’t raining for the photos..