2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

October 24, 2011

HONESTLY; & THIS WEEK'S SEWING PROJECT...

...  I'm not going to say much more about these two dresses, but did want to mention that "HONESTLY!!!, both of my recently sewn dresses fit and wore EXACTLY as I envisioned".    Just want to show pictures of me wearing them although the fabric is dark and didn't photograph well.


VERY EASY VOGUE 8764

VOGUE VERY EASY OPTIONS 8413


 KarlaF from Atlanta wanted to see a picture of the poly-rib knit I used for the Vogue dress.  Karla hope you can see the ribs in this picture.  She also wanted to know why I remove excess pattern ease from knit sleeve caps.  Karla I'll address that topic in my next post.

There's not much I would change about either of the dresses.  Both were comfortable  - I'm so in love with the ponte roma knit.  Hope you are not tired of me talking about it yet, but there's a lot of it in my sewing future.  It will be the topic of a few more posts to go.  I even did a little research on it yesterday and will let you know what I learned in a later post.


This week's sewing project is yet another dress.  This time something a bit vintage as the pattern dates back to 1969.
PHOTO COURTESY OF:  McCall's of course and  ZipZapKap Esty Shop

 I found this pattern back during the summer at the antique/real junk store that Ebony introduced me to several years ago.  It was  instant love mainly because it reminded me a lot of the dresses I use to wear back in high school.  I've been feeling a bit retro-ish  lately dreaming of A-lined dresses made in knit.  I'll be making the long sleeved teal version.

I started working on grading my size 14 pattern back in September, but choked when I found the pattern piece that particularly attracted  me to the pattern in the first place (the side bodice inset that creates the princess dart detail) was missing.   Actually I was T-ed off (one of the down sides of buying used patterns)!   This weekend I finally Cowgirled up and braved drafting the missing pattern piece - which really wasn't hard at all.  


I worked up a quick and dirty markup on Saturday, and cut my fashion fabric yesterday while visiting with my baby girl.  Here's a picture of the proposed fabric - that's right - another  ponte roma knit.  How good does it get!


This dress will be a substitute for #1 (the color blocked dress)    on my Fall Hit list.  You know it's a girl's prerogative to change her mind - right???

21 comments:

  1. You look awesome in both dresses! I loved V8764 and plan on making at least one more version before the spring.

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  2. Both dresses look great on you. Thanks for the photo of the knit fabric that helped!

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  3. Oh yes, that first dress is now on my list. It really looks great on you. I think I want the V8143 now, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. Fantastic dresses, they both look so good on you.

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  5. You look like one very sophisticated teacher!!! Love those dresses. Thanks for the tips on sewing with knits. I used your suggestions and all turned out great!

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  6. Thanks for your comments about my hair!
    Love your dresses, they look great!
    Love ponte roma knit, so soft.
    Be careful with those circles in that last pic, though...watch out for the headlights, lol!

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  7. Great dresses - and the new one looks incredibly promising too! I can't wait to hear more about Ponte ROma knits! My knowledge of knits is not what it should be!

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  8. Both look good. I really like the long necklace and high boots with the top one. These dresses could take you anywhere!

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  9. The dress looks fantastic, and isn't it so nice when something fits so well, and feels so good, you want to wear it all the time? and make as many as you can? That's a good feeling!

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  10. Love the dresses on you, and as always digging the way you style your outfits! :)

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  11. You look fab in the dress,it fits you very well!

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  12. Great job, I love both dresses.

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  13. Great job and like the jewelry and boots too. You may also like New Look 6067.

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  14. Both of these dresses are great. I don't know why I never make any black dresses. I have one, and it is kind of dorky. hmmm.

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  15. Your two sewing dresses turned out lovely!!! I can't wait to see your current dress.

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  16. Great dresses Faye! Both are beautiful on you! I'm so envious of you working on Fall / Winter clothes! I can't wait to start when I return from vacation in a few weeks!

    Can you believe the very first time I ever used ponte roma was the taupe colored dress I just recently made?? You're so right, I love it too, so much so that I immediately bought another piece in a charcoal grey to work on when I return! I love your newest fabric and cannot wait to see it made up! Good luck and great job on these dresses!!

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  17. Lookin' good Faye!

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  18. Ooh how I love these dresses!!!

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  19. You look perfect in both perfect fitting dresses. You make a girl want to corner the market in ponte roma fabric

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  20. These both look so nice on you, the fit is great.

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  21. Your dresses look great! I love them on you. Very flattering.

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