I know, I know; I'm forever declaring that "I AM A SPRING/SUMMER" type of girl, and Oh, I do love those seasons sooooo much even though I was born very late in Fall. But, I do so LOVE dressing for Fall. The colors are nature rich; all warm and cozy.
So, I'm FLIPPING ON OVER INTO FALL and in doing so I have what I call my Fall Hit List. The Hit List consists of 20 Easy Pieces that I've eyed and drooled over in InStyle Magazine and Etcetera.com. There will not be a definite color scheme, but it will be filled with MY FAV ponte roma knit, wools, some double knit, denim, and believe it or not corduroy. 20 pieces goal is quite a bit to chew. The idea of a goal that big would normally stress me right out. But in this case, I'm placing no pressure or imposing any deadlines on myself, and it will be done in no particular order - I'm just taking it one step at a time. My Fall Hit List has been added to my sidebar. I'll be working on it at slow and steady pace - with my main goal being that of Enjoying the Adventure.
First up: #3 Ponte Roma Knit Cheetah Cowl Neck Sheath
Inspiration for this dress is from Etcetera.com's Fall Collection Look #50. Everything in this line speaks to me so it's not hard to find inspiration here. And to top it off on last week's trip to Joann's, Ebony helped me spot the exact fabric for this dress on the clearance rack - $7.00 per yard, usually $12.99.
I'll be modifying Vogue 8413 - View A (adding longer sleeve) to knock off this dress.
Last night I worked up a bodice markup primarily to see how low the cowl neckline would fall. An extremely low neckline would mess up my fabric and frankly make me cry.
I'm satisfied with the drape of the neckline, but decided to increase the shoulder area 1 inch so that hiding bra straps would not be an issue. I decreased the ease in the sleeve cap, and added 1 inch to the length of the bodice. Also took the opportunity to install the invisible zipper for another practice session. I'll turn front skirt tucks or pleats into darts.
I've completed my pattern alterations, cut and marked my fabric so now I'm ready to go with this. Here you will see I used "MY TACKS" rather than tailors tacks, but they work just fine for me.