YAAHHHHH! I finished a new pattern! It's an early 1940's "Glamour Girl Dress" from Folkwear Patterns at www.folkwear.com.
I LOVE this dress!!!!
Of course I made a LOT of major changes to the pattern. I used a knit fabric which means I needed to sew small and I took a lot off of the bodice and length.
These vintage dresses are so cool because of the attention to detail such as the gathers on the sleeves.
And the graceful neckline that makes a little collar in the back.
I LOVE this soft four-way stretch cotton knit with sweet little turquoise hummingbirds with pink beaks that I got at www.girlcharlee.com.
I shortened the bodice by 2 inches, took about 4 inches off the shortest length offered on the pattern, and narrowed the front bodice about 2 and a half inches.
I cut off the part of the front midriff that ties and made it into two separate pieces so that I could use a chiffon fabric for the tie. This made the tie graceful - with much less bulk.
I had to line the dress with another plain white knit so that it would not be see-through.
When sewing with knits it is important to use clear elastic on the shoulder seems and in the seems that connect the bodice to the skirt. This keeps the knits from sagging and pulling on the seams.
A Blessing for this new blog, this new dress, this new direction in my life, and especially this spring!
"In out-of-the-wayplaces of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wonder,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge..."