The Belated Sewalong Dress (McCall’s 6696)

The Belated Sewalong Dress (McCall’s 6696)

Albus photo bombs.
Albus photo bombs.

Recently, McCall’s announced a shirtdress sewalong, and I immediately jumped on board. I’d been planning to make the full skirt version of this dress for awhile, in a vintage repro fabric I had laying around, so it seemed like perfect timing. NOPE. My machine ate shit and it took me two months to finish the dress. Oops.

Why am I doing that with my neck?
Why am I doing that with my neck?

I was really excited to use this fabric, I love the retro, almost-curtains print. Plus, it’s 100% cotton, so sewing it would be a breeze!! While it did press beautifully, wear from ironing and pre-washing began to show pretty much immediately. The gold doesn’t hold up, perhaps there’s some trick to pressing fabric with metallic print, that I don’t know about? If there is, let a girl know!!! I hate to damage beautiful fabric.

Needs to tuck in more at the waist, ya know? Also, wrinkles, I know. Shut up.

I kinda think this project was doomed from the beginning, really. First the machine dies, then I cut my skirt fabric upside down. After correcting that mistake, I barely had enough fabric to finish cutting. While doing this pattern puzzle, I of course jammed my hand down in the pin dish. Smart, right? Some days are just not sewing days, and I should stop trying to force it. Oh well…

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Sometimes, I try to brighten photos and they just look weird. Like this one.

I cut this pattern at a size 14 (view A minus the carriers), last time I cut a 12 and it was WAY too tight. At a 14, it’s too big. Next time I’ll do some grading and actually make a muslin like a normal person. Weirdly, last time the armscye fit well, but I don’t like the way this one fits at all. I think it needs to come in a bit on the top, yes? The only other change I made was to take out a bit of the gathering in the back. For some reason, and I’m not alone in this, I find the back to be super fucking poofy. Even now, with so much taken out, I still think it’s too poofy. Oh, and this collar is far from my best sewing. Not an alteration, but still worth mentioning.

POOF
POOF

Despite it’s flaws, I still dig the 50’s housewife look of this dress. It definitely has enough ease for sitting and eating man sized meals, so silver lining. The skirt was also full and long enough for me to sit crossed legged and not flash anyone, as you’ll see in this next photo. Great pattern, bad sewing! I’ll leave you with this adorable doggie picture, happy sewing πŸ™‚

This is Minerva, one of my nursing puppy momma fosters. Don't judge her bod, she's feeding lots of pups!
This is Minerva, one of my nursing puppy momma fosters. Don’t judge her bod, she’s feeding lots of pups!
Stash busting (Gertie Pencil Skirt)

Stash busting (Gertie Pencil Skirt)

Real awkward posing this time, sorry.
Real awkward posing this time, sorry.

As I’ve already mentioned 283473987 times, I recently moved, which means I recently packed up all my fabric. Whoa. It’s insane how much fabric I have, that I’ve already used for other projects, with more than a yard remaining. Perhaps I should reevaluate my policy of always buying 4 yards, but…who am I kidding with that nonsense. Extra fabric is always a good thing!

Not pregnant, just like snacks.
Not pregnant, just like snacks.

Faced with the daunting task of moving all that extra fabric, I decided to stitch up a few things. Fabric is easier to move once it becomes a garment, in my crazy mind. Realizing that I also desperately need work wear, I landed pretty quick on pencil skirts from Gertie’s first book. I know I’ve been sewing a ton of her shit lately, but this really is my go-to pencil skirt. It’s crazy fast, doesn’t use much fabric, and I already have the pattern traced. Her newest book also has a pencil skirt, but tracing that was an extra step I just wasn’t prepared for, you know?

Yeah I realize that black shirt is too tight, shut up. Also, check out that sweet lazy eye.

I actually made three of these, but one of them is in the laundry, so you’ll just have to visualize it. Each skirt took about a yard of fabric. The first is stretch twill, leftover from my frankenpattern dress, which actually uses the pencil skirt pattern, no creative leaps here. The black is a poly stretch twill from Mood, leftover from my unblogged Sewaholic Robson trench. Third is the unphotographed blue satin, with fabric left over from my Nita wrap skirt.

Unflattering back view.
Unflattering back view.

Gertie gives you two options with this skirt waistband, interfacing or boning. I opted for the interfacing, simply because it’s quicker. I don’t enjoy sewing garments for work, so I really wanted to power through these quickly. If I remember correctly, the instructions are fairly easy to follow, but I honestly haven’t used them in ages. These stitched up in around an hour apiece, seriously simple sewing here. I cut a size four, I think, and the fight is tight, exactly how I wanted them. Definitely make sure your fabric has a decent amount of give, though. If not, more ease will keep you from an embarassing wardrobe malfunction! In the end, I needed work skirts, and these definitely fit the bill. I’m naming this a success stashing busting session, happy sewing πŸ™‚

Gnome Pants Dress (Seamwork Adelaide)

Gnome Pants Dress (Seamwork Adelaide)

It's weird to actually button something all the way up.
It’s weird to actually button something all the way up.

It’s been a few weeks since I started this Adelaide dress from Seamwork Magazine, so I was really excited to get back into it. After the sudden loss of my beloved sewing machine, Rose, I was forced to find a new machine. A machine I would love, and that was in my budget. Keeping in mind that budget was about half a nickel Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― I settled on a Brother SE400, which I am calling Donna Noble. It’s not the Pfaff I wanted, but so far she’s been great! Hopefully embroidery will be coming soon.

Photo bomb by Danner the wiener dog, who's totally available for adoption, FYI
Photo bomb by Danner the wiener dog, who’s totally available for adoption, FYI

When I actually got a chance to work on Adelaide, she came together surprisingly quickly. The back features double pointed darts, which are my absolute favorite, and the front features simple bust darts. The neckline and arm scythe are finished with packaged bias tape, and the hem is just a rolled hem. Instead of buttons, the pattern calls for snaps, which I find MUCH more satisfying. Hammer out those frustrations, you know?

She needs a good pressing.
She needs a good pressing.

I know I just said this pattern was easy, but it does have belt loops. Fuck belt loops, man. Using a loop turner is just beyond my grasp, my clumsy man hands will just not do it. Instead, I stitched some bias tape closed, lengthwise, and used that. It saved so much time! The pattern also features a belt, which is much easier to make. Speaking of the belt, I think I cinched mine way too tight in these pictures, it looks a bit weird, right? Oh and pockets, I added pockets.

My body is not lopsided, I just stand weird always.
My body is not lopsided, I just stand weird always.

I used a lovely but hard to find Cotton + Steel fabric for this, adorably called gnome pants. It’s a cotton lawn, which is about the most perfect fabric of all time. It sews beautifully, is lightweight and breathable, yet has some body. I would make my entire wardrobe out of cotton lawn if I could. That said, I don’t think this dress is the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn. I’m an hourglass shape, but I think it gives me a pear shape. I also think the arm sycthe lays weird, not sure what alteration I’d make to fit that? In these photos, I’m wearing a black cami underneath the dress, and which could be rolling up and adding weird bulk to the bottom. We’ll see upon further wearings.

See what I mean about the pear shaping?
See what I mean about the pear shaping?

All that aside, I did wear this dress all day, and it was super comfortable. I’m possibly just being too picky and weird about it. Anyway, it’s great to be back in front of a machine!! Happy sewing πŸ™‚

Me-Made-May Wrap Up

Me-Made-May Wrap Up

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We made it!! We took selfies, evaluated our me-made wardrobes, found inspiration in other sewist’s posts. Since week five was so short, I decided to just add it to week four, and throw in some final thoughts, of course. So without further ado, here are the selfies:

Even in heels, I'm still the shortest.
Even in heels, I’m still the shortest.

Day one was my baby brother’s high school graduation, which seems just impossible. I wanted to wear something fun and celebratory, so of course I thought lemon dress. I threw my Gertie wrap top over it to make it less distracting. You’re gonna see that top many more times in this post.

Always coffee.
Always coffee.

You know the drill by now. Day two was a Monday, I drank a lot off coffee and was generally sleepy. I wore my Colette Crepe, because it’s super comfortable and easy.

Mega bitch face.
Mega bitch face.

Day three I wore what was probably my favorite outfit of the week. It was my frankenpattern dress, with the wrap top over it to make it workplace appropriate. I love it so much, I’m adding it to my weekly rotation.

It's a headless week.
It’s a headless week.

On the fourth day I wanted something simple and basic. My comfort zone revolves around black tanks and tees, so I threw on a black tank and the Nita wrap skirt. Minimal effort, totally in my comfort zone.

I. Love. This. Print.
I. Love. This. Print.

On day five, we had a cookout at work. I wanted to wear something festive, so I threw on my favorite wrap dress. Very flattering. Very festive.

I kept doing weird stuff with my face, so I had to chop it off.
I kept doing weird stuff with my face, so I had to chop it off.

At this point, we started to descend into the lesser worn, back of the closet me-made garments. This one is my Christmas party dress. I need to do minor alterations on this one to get some real wear out of it.

Grainy and overly filtered.
Grainy and overly filtered.

Over the weekend, we had a major heat wave in Ohio, which was kind enough coincide with moving day. Blarg. To try to stay cool, I drank beer and wore an ublogged Simplicity 1426 crop top. I fucking hate moving.

Man I miss long hair.
Man, I miss long hair.

Day one of the last week, I was exhausted from moving, not to mention sweaty as balls. As such, I forgot to take pictures of the tank I wore. So enjoy some old photography, and my missing long hair 🙁

Coffee and giant shades to hide the lack of makeup
Coffee and giant shades to hide the lack of makeup

Thankfully, I was off work for day two, so I spent the day unpacking and hanging out with the pups, while wearing this loose and flowy dress.

Sick of this wrap top yet?
Sick of this wrap top yet?

For the last day of Me-Made-May, I decided to wear the first dress I ever made, in my adult life. It’s an unblogged Sweetheart dress, from Gertie’s first book. Again with the wrap top, for work. And we made it!!

I was honestly impressed with how easy this was. I suppose I never realized just how many things I’ve made!! That said, I clearly need more coverups, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some comfortable casual garments. What did you guys think? I’m already looking forward to next year! Happy sewing πŸ™‚

Me-Made-May Week 3

Me-Made-May Week 3

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You know the deal by now. It’s selfie time!

This is my Opa, talk any shit about him and I will hunt you down.
This is my Opa, talk any shit about him and I will hunt you down.

Unfortunately, on day one I attended a funeral. I have no witty or funny commentary about this, wore my Simplicity peplum top.

I look like my mother's clone here.
I look like my mother’s clone here.

Day two and Monday is back. I know it’s clichΓ© to complain about Monday’s, but honestly, they are such a fucking bummer. I wore my first By Hand London Kim dress, because it was actually not freezing that day. Ohio is not doing me any favors, weather wise.

Mutt wants nothing to do with my selfie nonsense.
Mutt wants nothing to do with my selfie nonsense.

On day three I wore a Sewaholic Saltspring dress because it’s seriously comfortable and seriously spring-y. Also looked 12 years old, apparently. Angles are weird.

Not pictured:  terrible fucking hair day.
Not pictured: terrible fucking hair day.

For day four I wore one of my favorite makes, McCall’s 6696. It’s got it’s problems (the back is too poofy, that button placket drives me bonkers), but it’s well sewn. It’s also my first attempt at stripe matching and I don’t think I did too horribly.

Really clashing with the sweet office carpet.
Really clashing with the sweet office carpet.

Day five and I wore a comfy knit anchor print dress. I don’t wear a ton of knits, but I love this dress. That fabric is the best knit fabric I’ve ever used. Maybe it’s too much red with the cardigan and the lipstick, but I just don’t care.

I swear that waist band isn't actually crooked.
I swear that waist band isn’t actually crooked.

Day six was a bit of a sneak peek. I wore an unblogged Gertie pencil skirt, which I swear I’ll post about soon. I have two more waiting to bed worn!

I should not need a flannel in late May.
I should not need a flannel in late May.

It was fucking freezing on day seven. I had planned to wear a tank, but Ohio wasn’t having it. So I wore another Sewaholic Granville out to drinks. This weather is bullshit.

How are you doing with Me-Made-May? I’m starting to realize I’ve made way more items than I thought!

Me-Made-May Week 2

Me-Made-May Week 2

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Week two of Me-Made-May is over, and I’m starting to feel weird about all the selfies. I’ve posted them before, of course, but man, this feels like an overload!! Next year, I’ll have to think of a better way to do it. Also, I promised some new garments last week. Unfortunately, my family suffered a loss last week, and I was in no mood to do blog photos. But soon, I really do promise!

Note to self: clean sewing room.

We started the week with me attempting to fix the lawnmower. For such an activity, I wanted to wear something comfortable that I wasn’t in love with. Enter my sweet sweet mom jeans. The pattern is a Gertie for Butterick, and is clearly NOT the pattern for me!

It was so fucking cold this day...
It was so fucking cold this day…

Next, we’re back to another Monday. Blargh. Switched it up and did my first me-made-May car selfie. I wore my well beloved chambray shirt dress, but man, it was way too cold for it.

You can barely even see the shirt
You can barely even see the shirt

For day three, I tried to prepare for cold weather by wearing my favorite flannel. I was burning up all fucking day. I gotta start looking at the weather before I leave the house.

If I'm headless, know that it was a bad makeup day.
If I’m headless, know that it was a bad makeup day.

Day four was a Wednesday and I decided to wear something fun, like a dogs in bowties. Very fun, very comfy.

Boobs.
Boobs.

On day five, I missed work. I got a call from the momma, while I was getting dressed, saying that I needed to come the hospital immediately. Snapped a quick picture, the Audrey Hepburn skirt was the closest thing, so that’s what I wore.

Bar bathroom selfies, get used to 'em.
Bar bathroom selfies, get used to ’em.

Day six and I had burrito plans with some friends. This Octopus dress is one of my all time favorite makes, and I had a good hair day, so you even go to see my face. You can decide for yourself if that’s terrible or not.

Worst picture thus far.
Worst picture thus far.

Saturday, day seven, brought one helluva hangover. Feeling lazy and slovenly, I donned some self drafted, unblogged pajamas pants. While I still had no problem wearing me-made clothes everyday, Saturday did shine a glaring light on my lack of casual clothing. Looking at my makes, I clearly love fun dresses, and while I do tend to wear those, I don’t think it would hurt to stitch up a few comfy tees.

Me-Made-May Week 1

Me-Made-May Week 1

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We’re already one week into Me-Made-May!!! I’ve been doing daily posts on Instagram, but I wanted to do a weekly post here, with links to the garment posts, in case any of you were curious about the patterns. Fellow sewists, I’ve really enjoyed seeing what you’ve made! Non-sewist friends, please stay with me through this month of selfies, I promise it will go away. A bit of warning: these pictures are not very good. You’re going to see a lot of low grade mirror selfies, and for that I’m sort of sorry. But let’s be honest, there was no fucking way I was going to do a photo shoot every morning.

Starting out  extra low grade.
Starting out extra low grade.

Day one was a Sunday, which means ultra casual for me! Sundays are my only day off, so I really try to relax and enjoy them. On this particular day, I had to take a foster dog to the vet, so real clothes were necessary. I opted for my Gertie Wrap Top, high waisted jeans, and my favorite black chucks.

Holy lazy eye.
Holy lazy eye.

Day two brought us the Monday blahs. As much as I like my job, and I really do, Mondays are always a struggle. In an attempt to counteract that, I wore my fun bat blouse, pencil skirt, and tights. For work, I try to cover up all my tattoos, so expect to see long sleeves even if it’s 90 degrees!

I wasn't even trying to take a good picture here.
I wasn’t even trying to take a good picture here.

On day three, I was completely exhausted. I’m a girl who needs a full 8 hours (or more) of sleep every night, and the night before I had only gotten three. THREE!!! So day three was a bit sloppy, with a messy pony, my Morris Blazer muslin, a plain tee, and some Dickie’s. Blargh.

She's so photogenic.
She’s so photogenic.

For day four, I decided to give everyone a break from looking at my goofy mug. My lovely dress form is modeling a RTW red cardigan and my cherry print Colette Lily dress. A bit of a school teacher/librarian look, and I’m more than fine with that.

No idea why I look so depressed.
No idea why I look so depressed.

On day five I felt like being a little festive. I had lunch plans with some coworkers, so something fun and festive was in order. What could be more fun than my 30th birthday dress, the Gertie shelf bust dress, with a RTW cardigan and my standard black tights. No one can be sad is a sateen circle skirt!

My eyeliner was really uneven this day.
My eyeliner was really uneven this day.

Day six was casual Friday, and my wardrobe selection definitely reflected that. A sparkly gray sweater cardigan, black tank, and my beloved Levi’s were cozy enough for the shitty gloomy weather we’ve been having in Ohio. Really hoping for sunnier weather, but expect to see flannels soon.

Bar mirror selfies in clothing from that same bar.  It's like inception for drunks.
Bar mirror selfies in clothing from that same bar. It’s like inception for drunks.

Day seven and it’s finally Saturday!! During the daytime hours on Saturdays, I work at doggie adoption events and also have a second job doing admin work. But at night, I get to wear what I want. For this one I went to my favorite bar, the Drink Tavern, and I wore my refashioned Drink Tavern shirt (duh), an old band hoodie, Levi’s, and chucks. Pretty standard look for me, though my tee is usually not me-made.

Bonus margarita drinkin' in a me-made dress photo.
Bonus margarita drinkin’ in a me-made dress photo.

I’ve always been a big fan of wearing things I’ve made, so this week didn’t seem like much of a challenge or anything out of the ordinary. Though you will probably see one of these cardigans/blazers again, I’m trying to pair them with a handmade different garment, wearing a new me-made item everyday. It will be interesting to see if it still doesn’t feel like a challenge by week four! Hopefully I’ve haven’t bombarded you all with too many selfies, new garments are coming later this week! Happy sewing πŸ™‚

The Lemon Dress (Gertie mashup dress)

The Lemon Dress (Gertie mashup dress)

I'm a hungover or trying to look cool? You decide.
I’m a hungover or trying to look cool? You decide.

In my last post, you got to meet Albus, the most handsome of gentleman. Today, you get to meet Lily Rose, my pretty yet cranky lady dog. Actually, you’ve seen Lily before, but it’s been awhile, so I felt reintroductions were necessary. Have you ever seen two dogs this photogenic? No, no you have not.

All my favorite pictures of me headless.
All my favorite pictures of me headless.

So the dress. This dress is the Gertie-est of Gertie dresses. The fabric is from her line at Joann’s, and the pattern is a mashup from her latest book. It’s common knowledge that I have a thing about sateens, and what can I say, her patterns just call to me. Β 

Lily approves of the dress, my snuggles, not so much.
Lily approves of the dress, my snuggles, not so much.

This dress came together in about 6 sleepy after work hours, though I had already made a quick muslin of the bodice. Being entirely honest, I didn’t follow the directions at all. I didn’t consciously decide to do this, just sort of started sewing, only realizing after that I hadn’t read any instructions. For the bodice (the strapless sweetheart), I added boning on all the seams of the lining, cutting them short in the boob area, to allow for cups. I should have added an additional piece according to the instructions, which I’m sure would have added more stability! For the cups, I did something truly white trash…I snipped the band off an old strapless bra and used the cups in the dress. Using the under wire as a guide, I sewed them to the lining also. In addition, I used horsehair braid around the top edge of the bodice, to help it hold it’s shape. To do that, I just stitched the bottom edge of the horsehair to the lining, and then understitched it along the top. I know that sounds like a lot, but as a strapless dress, I really wanted it to be solid.

See?  Holding it's own.
See? Holding it’s own.

The skirt was really fairly straightforward. It’s the three-quarter circle skirt, with the only modification I made being the addition of side seam pockets, because that’s what I do. I cut a straight 6 for this entire dress, which is my RTW size, also. The fit was pretty spot on, the only change I would make next time would be to shorten the skirt a bit. I just really don’t like below the knee skirts on me, but somehow, I always forget about this when cutting fabric. Makes me a bit of a dumbass, but at least it’s an easy fix.

Kind of an awkward length for me, don't ya think?
Kind of an awkward length for me, don’t ya think?

The only major issue I had with this dress is entirely my own fault. Sewists, you should never rush an invisible zipper at 10:30pm, when your normal bedtime is 9:00. The zipper on this dress is FAR from invisible, and is for sure going to have to be redone. I always struggle with zippers, and I’m afraid this time was no exception. It really wouldn’t kill me to practice a bit.

I didn't even zip it all the way up!!  Or make sure my dress wasn't on crooked.  Blargh.
I didn’t even zip it all the way up!! Or make sure my dress wasn’t on crooked. Blargh.

Zippers aside, I’m really proud of this dress. That’s a lot of structural work for a six hour dress!!! Beyond that, the fabric is just fabulous. I feel like the dress belongs on the beach somewhere, with a pitcher of overly garnished margaritas. I do think I’ll wear it a lot, you’ll definitely be seeing it again during Me-Made-May. Let this serve as my declaration that ‘I, Ashley of Sewn by Ashley, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2016’.

Woohoo!!!  Thanks, Zoe!
Woohoo!!! Thanks, Zoe!

Fellow sewist, I can’t wait to see what you make and how the challenge inspires you! For my part, I’m hoping it gets to mend or alter some of old makes, and get those suckers worn! You will be able to see daily posts about it on my Instagram, I’ll also be doing a weekly round up here. I hope I don’t bore everyone too much!! I’ll leave you with a few more photos, happy sewing πŸ™‚

Strapless win
Strapless win
Lily and headless-me will see you soon!
Lily and headless-me will see you soon!
Dog Dress 2 (By Hand London Kim Dress)

Dog Dress 2 (By Hand London Kim Dress)

Meet Albus!
Meet Albus!

If you follow me at all, you know I’m obsessed with dogs, and especially my own, super handsome furry friends. The moment I saw this fabric online, there was no chance I was passing it up! It’s dogs in fucking bow ties, people, everyone needs this fabric! That said, it’s quilting cotton, albeit a lightweight cotton, so it’s not the most luxurious of fabrics…

Picture taking is 100% more fun when dogs are involved.
Picture taking is 100% more fun when dogs are involved.

While I love this print, I really didn’t want to do a full dress with it. I think it would be a bit overwhelming, and I like to use fabric with a teensy bit of give for bust areas. I have several yards of black stretch sateen laying around for my Halloween costume, so I opted to borrow a little from that. In my mind, the sheen would help keep the dress from looking like it was made from curtains, but still keep the focus on the cutesy print.

Yes, there is dog hair on the bodice.  Deal with it.
Yes, there is dog hair on the bodice. Deal with it.

Keeping with that train of thought, I wanted to use a fairly simple pattern. It took me awhile to finally decide, but I settled on the By Hand London Kim dress. I’ve made it before, and really like the look of it. That said…last time I really struggled with the fabric. It wrinkled like mad, and just really did not press well. As a result, it just looks kinda sloppy, all the time. Frustrating, ya know? This effort was much better, with sateen and quilting cotton being some of the easiest fabrics to press. For this version, I shortened the straps a bit (could have shortened them more!), and didn’t take the bodice in. Previously, I had taken it in a bit, and I kinda wish I had again. I like a tight bodice, and I shouldn’t give into pressure to do things any other way! Lesson learned.

I know you can barely see the dress here, but come on. HE'S SO HANDSOME
I know you can barely see the dress here, but come on. HE’S SO HANDSOME

For the skirt, I went with a modified version of variation 2. I cut the pieces as instructed, but went with pleats instead of gathers, as is my preference. Just like with my last skirt, I used the bodice and my cutting mat grid as a guide. This time, my pleats are four squares (inches), with two inches separating them. No reasoning for that, just what I felt like doing, folks. I also added pockets, again using markings on the selvage as a guide. I know I should cut off the selvage, but…I like it.

Pleats! Also...I really should have put a red bowtie on Albus. Derp.
Pleats! Also…I really should have put a red bowtie on Albus. Derp.

I finished the zip right before photos, and totally didn’t realize how wonky it is. When I fix that, I will definitely tighten up the bodice a bit!! Also, I find that my shoulders always look wide in blog photos, but according to my measurements and the way every top has ever fit me, I don’t have even slightly wide shoulders. Has anyone else experienced this? How do you rectify it? Am I just standing weird again? HELP ME!!

Seriously, my shoulders are not this wide.
Seriously, my shoulders are not this wide.

Overall, I really like this dress. I know I say that in nearly every post, but I mean it. Plus, I’ve found that the By Hand London dress block fits my shape best, within minimal alterations. Perfect, right? If I can get by with wearing dog faces on my clothes at work, this will go into the weekly rotation, and I can’t think of higher praise than that! I’ll leave you with one more picture, because I have actual decent photos again. Happy sewing πŸ™‚

Sex eyes.
Sex eyes.
The Audrey Hepburn Outfit (Butterick 6285/Self drafted skirt)

The Audrey Hepburn Outfit (Butterick 6285/Self drafted skirt)

Oh hey look, actual pictures.
Oh hey look, actual pictures.

Sometimes, I buy fabric on impulse with no actual plans for it, like every other sewist (sewer? seamstress?) that I know. I’m pretty sure I bought this lovely Audrey Hepburn fabric with my friend Shannon before she was pregnant with her first child…she’s now on number two. So yeah, it’s been awhile. So long, in fact, that I can now find no actual links to it, sorry friends! πŸ™

I swear her face isn't that distorted when I'm standing. Promise.
I swear her face isn’t that distorted when I’m standing. Promise.

For this particular fabric, I really struggled with finding something that wouldn’t require the beheading of Audrey. Not as easy as you’d think, folks. I considered a drindl skirt, but I’m really more of a pleats girl. I then thought about doing this lovely double pleated skirt from Gertie, but I didn’t have the required yardage for pattern matching. So I just thought, fuck it, I’ll make my own damn skirt pattern. I may have been a bit drunk when I decided this…

See?? No mutant Audrey.

I cut the fabric from selvage to selvage, using the fabric pattern as a guide, so about 1 1/2 panels. I then measured my waist, divided by two, and made pleats in the fabric until it matched that measurement. Folks, I just used my cutting mat to measure out the pleats, nothing fancy. My pleats are about three inches/squares wide. I cut two wide waist bands, interfaced, and stitched those to the skirt. I threw on some pockets using text on the selvage as a guideline, and then added a short side zip above that. Completely just winging it.

The trick to back photos is not to show your back.
The trick to back photos is not to show your back.

The top is the wrap top from the above mentioned Butterick skirt/top combo pattern. This pattern is crazy easy to sew up, with an awesome sewalong from Gertie herself. I have to be honest, though, the cutting threw me for a loop! There are only two pieces, with the sleeves, front, and back being all together on one, and the ties being separate. Just trust in Gertie, though, it all comes together easily and quickly! I used black ponte for mine, which I think has a bit less stretch than intended. To compensate, I used my serger and a smaller seam allowance.

See? No more distorted Audrey.
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Extra picture just because I’m stoked on having decent pictures.

Next time, I would do a knit with more stretch and the proper seam allowance, I think it would me more favors in the boob area, you know? Overall, I’m pretty stoked on this project. Both components were finished in an obscenely small amount of time, and I will definitely be wearing them again! I’m currently searching for a print to for the double pleated skirt, so hopefully you’ll be seeing that soon. Happy sewing πŸ™‚