And yes, with all this fabric and all these patterns, I have found myself dashing over to A Fabric Place on my lunch hour, anxiously pawing through the goods, hoping to find the makings for the perfect make. May I now present a different experience - a quick dress using a TNT pattern and fabric from deep stash! These exclamation marks tell you that it is an unusual occurrence!
|Almost finished, this is an unlined lace dress to be worn over a black slip.|
I used a favorite simple top pattern, the Robin Top by Style Arc, and I just lengthened it to knee length, and cut the neckline sorta free-form to make it easier to work with the lace trim.
|I have learned I don't need the zipper in the back, so I skip that. If I chose to fit the pattern more closely, I would need it, but I like being able to pull it on over my head and skip taking time to insert the zip.|
When I say this was easy, it was shockingly easy! I hope I am not jinxing myself before I finish sewing it today. I hope I have enough lace edging to trim the sleeves with it. If not, I will come up with a simple hem on the sleeves.
I sewed all the seams using a long basting stitch on the sewing machine. Then I carefully tried on the dress to check the fit. Thanks to using a TNT pattern, it was perfect. Then I cut long strips of silk selvedge from a brown twill silk in the stash and basted them by hand to the narrow seam allowances of the side seams and the shoulder seams.
Then I turned to the serger and yes, I serged lace. Having attended couture sewing workshops, watched Claire Shaeffer's Hand Sewing DVD and read every technique on the internet, I cannot recall anyone recommending use of a serger for $50/yard lace. It worked for me!
So yeah the expensive lace, gulp, let me tell you about that. I bought it on a day trip to the Garment District in Manhattan a couple years ago. I was shopping for project supplies for a sewing workshop. I was really having trouble finding something casual enough for my vision. And, I bought more than one piece of lace because, honestly none of them were perfect, but I needed a project and it was good enough. I ended up using a different guipure lace to make a jacket. So, this fabric had a little guilt built in, and I am ever so delighted the shoo away that feeling, as the dress is turning out better than I expected.
I am still far from having a very efficient sewing space, and that includes adequate lighting, so I apologize for the fuzzy photos. But, rather than organize or clean, I have decided to sew this weekend. I will be glad I did when I have something nice to wear next weekend to celebrate the marriage of a wonderful couple.
I have some black suede booties but they make me well over six feet tall, so I may shop for new shoes if I have time. I always feel like a giraffe when I wear stylish shoes, but sometimes a person has to suck it up and gangle forward.
Better get moving so I can use the best light of the day to do my hand sewing ... thanks for stopping by!