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October 18, 2011

O.K., MOVING ON - FAYE'S FALL HIT LIST....

Funny thing, my Fall Hit List has not been stressing me at all.  Normally I obsess over lists, or goals, or challenges - that's just how I am.  I guess I'm not stressing because:
  • there is no real deadline.  It's a Fall Hit List but I've given myself both the Fall and Winter Seasons to complete it.
  • my list is not at all stringent.  It's not written in stone, so  change is highly probable somewhere down the line.
  • I'm enjoying my sewing quite a bit lately

O.k., moving on I've completed #4 on my Fall Hit List.  It's my Little Black Dress that was going to be double knit, but plans changed.  Instead it's made of a poly rib knit that Ebony donated to the stash long ago.  I initially intended to use the rib knit as a proto-type, but turns out I love it as the real thing.  Black fabric equals not such a clear picture, but I'm-in-love!

Vogue 8764



Vogue 8764:  
  • is a great pattern.  It's super easy.  I think this was the first time I ever used a pattern that had a sleeve dart.
  • the pattern calls for a full lining, but I lined only the bodice.  I lined it to deal with the raw neckline because the pattern does not have facings.
  • I'm getting pretty comfortable with pattern grading although it works my brain sometimes.  Altering this pattern to fit me was easy - I'm strictly a size 16 in the upper chest area, but I graded out slightly in the side seams for comforts sake.
  • Decreasing sleeve cap ease has become part of my repertoire especially in knits.   I installed the sleeve in flat before side seams were sewn trying to always remember to place the sleeve next to the feed-dogs to work in any ease left over from my alteration.  Works great almost every time.
  • Used the invisible zipper tutorial from Coletterie.com.  It has really made the process a lot clearer to me.  I had to use a 14" zipper rather than a 22" one.  Why?  That's all I had, and I didn't want to wait until the next day. 
I'm pretty sure there's another one of these in my sewing future...

12 comments:

  1. Looks like a great new addition to your wardrobe.

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  2. I love mine and I'm sure you will love wearing yours too especially since you made it in black. Great job on finishing something from your fall sewing list!

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  3. You and Carolyn are really selling this pattern. I hadn't even noticed it before and now it is at the top of my want list! I am working on a black knit dress myself right now. It's taking longer than I bargained for, but I will be very happy if it is as nice as yours!

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  4. Congratulations on getting on with your fall hit list! Love the new black dress - a lovely LBD is such a great wardrobe addition!

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  5. Nice dress! Good for you! But, I gotta' tell you--and hate to put this distressing news on you-but fall is almost over! It's almost winter!

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  6. I just bought that pattern based on Carolyn's post. I have two questions. Why did decrease the sleeve cap? Is there anyway you can take a close up picture of the fabric.

    Thanks

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  7. Hooray for crossing something off the list - what a great/versatile dress. Out of curiosity, what do you line your knits with? I don't sew too many knits, but have a few coming up and don't know what is best for lining.

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  8. Can a girl ever have too many of these? I hear you about not stressing...would you agree? - that's a sign of growth! Your dress looks nice too!

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  9. oooh, I like! I need to start a list...good idea....but, will I stick to it? Thanks for your inspiring blog!!

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  10. I'm so proud of you for finding a way to make a list you can work with! This is another great dress, Faye.

    And your zipper issue is why I only buy 22" zippers. It's a lot easier to shorten them than to lengthen them!

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  11. I just gave my previous favourite black knit dress the heave ho this week (it was looking a little tired), so I'm in the market for a new one. This looks like it will fill the gap in my wardrobe. I'd love to see it on you.

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