This is the fourth and final week of Project Sewn – hard to believe it’s almost over! This week’s theme is the “signature style,” and the goal is to “showcase individual tastes, talents, strengths, and personality’s as both designers and seamstresses.” Well, that narrows it down!! 😛
With such a broad list of possibilities before me, I decided to start with a short list based on the design prompt.
-I love high waists and full skirts
-I enjoy sewing with knits, which I consider to be a sewing strength
-although I don’t use them much, I have a closeted penchant for jewel tones
-I love dresses!
With that list in mind, I came up with this little number:
Not my most original creation, but I decided to go with a rehash of an old favorite – my Lady Skater and Renfrew Frankenpattern. I’ve worn my first version about a million times, so why not make another? I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, amirite?
I did make a few mods to my first version. I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the cowl (I had two yards of fabric, post prewash shrinkage), so it’s an inch or so smaller than the original, but I don’t think you can really tell. I also shortened the skirt to end just above the knee – I’ve found that that is a more flattering length on me. Lastly, I did a square/broad shoulder adjustment. I’ve found that sleeves tend not to fit me well at the shoulder, so I’m experimenting with fitting in that area. This version isn’t perfect, but it’s much better than previous ones.
The fabric I used is a squishy sweater knit, which was kind of a nightmare to work with. I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself! (Well, no, I do – it’s sooooo soft and comfy, it’s like wearing a hug!) I tried to get detail shots of the fabric – the color isn’t quite right, but these should give you the basic idea of what I was working with:
I ended up using my sewing machine instead of my serger for some of the seams. The serger has a tendency to stretch out delicate fabric, and even with the presser foot pressure and differential feed adjusted, I still got ripply seams. I used a zigzag machine stitch to attach the sleeves and sew the side seams to avoid unsightly ripples, and I’m much happier with how it turned out compared to previous experiences with sweater knits. Whew!
One last detail – and I’d love input on this – I’m experimenting with using filters on my photos to improve the ambience. The two dress pics above have filters, the two below don’t. Which do you like better? Pros and cons?
I have had such a great time sewing along with Project Sewn – thank you to everyone who has commented and voted for me! I think the best part, though, has been seeing everyone else’s creations – how differently everyone has interpreted each challenge. Good luck to the final three contestants!!