Another day, another dress!
The fabric for this tie-dye wonder was salvaged from a handmade top and what I guess would have been a sari/sarong type of garment. I say tie-dye, but I’m not sure if it is batik… is anyone more clued up than me on this?!
I used Simplicity 1609 – my second go at this pattern! I loved my first version, and it doesn’t use much fabric, so it didn’t take me long to choose the pattern for this fabric.
And I love this one just as much as the other! The fit is just perfect – even if I do say so myself!
[Accidental action shot turned out to be quite cool!]
I forgot to take a photo of the fabric before I got stuck in chopping it up, but basically it was quite a large piece, hemmed at the edges, predominantly navy blue, with paler blue edges and circles dyed into it.
The other piece was a rather funky top. Sorry, I couldn’t be bothered to iron it!!
It was interestingly made. The sleeves were amazing. Very thick, consisting of several layers of fabric sewn together in a pointy fashion!
And a chunky zip, and the back pieces don’t join at the bottom of the zip – which made it easier to unpick!
It had four darts, which I loved looking at because they weren’t very well done (sorry to be a bit arrogant but now I have some experience of darts under my belt it makes me feel good to see some that aren’t as good as mine!!)
Anyway back to the point of this post…
I left the top in one piece at the beginning, and just used the large piece of fabric. I took my time at the cutting stage, because I really wanted the paler blue running through the middle. It was a bit of a pain because the triangles didn’t quite match up; every time I got one of the sections lined up, it pulled another out of line. It’s a good job I’m quite a patient person.
Finally, I got it matched up as well as I possibly could.
The fabric is a lovely cotton; very easy to handle, mark and sew with. I like this kind of fabric! So the construction of the dress went really well. As it was my second go at this pattern (third including a muslin I made last time) – and it’s a simple one on top of that – I was having a great time!
I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but I didn’t unpick ANYTHING!! The zip went in as well as it’s ever going to.
Last time, I had a problem with the fit of the back – the top of the zip curved from where it didn’t lie flat on my back/neck. So I had to unpick and re-sew the zip with a wider seam allowance. This time, I remembered this. I stitched the zip further in, and it fits lovely. 🙂
I did do something different with this version – I blindstitched the hem. I decided I didn’t really want a visible line of stitching – especially in the middle sections where the colour is paler – so I sat down and handstitched it. I thought this was going to be rather trying on my patience but it was fine! I dare say I actually enjoyed it. I think I’ve said before how I like to be whizzy-whizzy on my machine, but it made a nice change to relax on the sofa and carefully sew.
And the result is, I think, definitely worth the little extra time it took me. It’s so neat!
Now, the bow. I didn’t intend to add a bow as I initially thought it would look silly; but it was needed to serve a purpose rather than just an aesthetic…
… I’m really happy with how the tie dye parts turned out; pretty even and symmetrical…
… but the top part just, well – wasn’t. So, I decided to disguise it by adding a bow.
I wanted it to be made with the navy blue fabric as opposed to the dyed part, as I much prefer the colour. So I had to cut into the top. I decided to cut the piece in such a way that the ends would be dyed; I unpicked the hem to reveal more fabric. The top still wasn’t long enough, so I had to improvise and cut the long piece that was to make the bow in two individual sections and sew them together. I even remembered to add seam allowance at the top! 🙂
I enjoyed making the bow, and I think I did a pretty good job, too!! (Wow, this is a super braggy post!!)
The bow definitely does the trick, and really sets the dress off. I’m so glad I added it.
Now, there’s always one thing I have to nit-pick. The semi-circles left at the edges don’t match up. This is annoying, but the ‘triangles’ match, and really – you can’t have it all, can you?
Now can we please have some warmer weather so that I can wear it?!