Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Violet in Violet

Wow, I really do love this pattern! It's so quick and easy to make... It took just over two hours to cut and construct in one evening. It would have taken less time, but I finally decided to be brave and reconfigure my serger from overlock to coverstitch to finish the hems. (I was too lazy/scared to do that with my star trek version so I used a double needle on my regular machine.) The result is much, much better. And, bonus, I'm far less scared of my serger now so next time it won't take more time.

Coverstitch vs. Double needle stitch comparison:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Violet in Red & Black

Inspired by Tanya's super cute violet dress from Bluegingerdoll Patterns, I ordered the pdf and choose some red and black bamboo knit from my stash. I thought red and black would be sort of fun/sexy together. Color blocking is new to me so I chose a conservative red on top, black on the bottom approach. 

Halfway through, to my dismay, I realized I was making a Star Trek dress. Whoops. Combining the two colors must be done carefully, or a garment will look like a starfleet uniform.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Burgundy wool Dahlia...

I made this dress out of a lovely soft wool, hoping for a winter dress with leggings.

Unfortunately, I found it unflattering. Whether it is the fabric, the dress style or combination of the two, it's not a dress I will wear. I am very short waisted with a large bust and this was exaggerated by the wide waistband and bust gathers. Also, I choose the skirt with gathers which puffed out immediately after the waistband without drape (short waist = sudden hips). I should know better... I always prefer higher waists. Maybe the gored panel skirt would have been better? Meh, I'll just make another Anna!

Luckily, it looks wonderful on my sister in law. She is longer- waisted with slimmer hips so the waistband fits well and the skirt drapes nicely. We both found the neckline to be enormous, required major darts to fix it.

Pattern: Colette Dahlia
Fabric: Donna Karan Wool from Mood Fabrics
Size & Cut: 12 Bodice to 14 waist and wider hips.
No FBA, the gathers gave enough room for my bust (D cup). The waistband nicely pulls in on my underbust, which is the narrowest part of my body... but I'm looking way too busty from the front.

The raglan sleeves pull down, making the neckline pull down over the shoulders. It looks weird... I've seen it in other versions that people have made, a sort of baggy/pointiness over the shoulders.

I made huge darts in the back bodice and back sleeve seam to compensate for the baggy neckline, but that shortened the length of the sleeves.