Monday, October 11, 2010

We Interrupt This Jacket...

Yeah, didn't I say I was making a fleece jacket for my sister? Well I actually got the whole thing cut out, then I realized I needed a dress for a cancer benefit we're attending in a couple of weeks. I was thinking of a fancy skirt and top I have...then I was told it should have some pink since it's Breast Cancer Awareness month - doh! A sewing challenge is born. I actually have a chance to sew up that Butterick 6582 retro dress with the smoking hot blonde on the front!

So here's the fabric - it's "polyester shantung" for $12.99 at Joann - I debated the silk at Hancock's, but it was more expensive and even more obnoxious than this color.



And here's the muslin in $3.99/yd jacquard from fabric.com - I considered it a muslin since it was cheap and in the stash for over a year. I think it's a hell of a muslin myself!



Forgive the wrinkles, unhemmed-ness, and hanging threads - I was so excited to finally get it fit that I wanted to take pictures. My mom helped me with alterations and was my camerawoman, but she made me put on lipstick and refused to take any of the poses I wanted. (You know, my attempts at being sexy that are so totally...not. She's so serious sometimes.)



I see a side seam that I need to straighten, but I'm hopeful that the widely spaced shoulders in back will balance the wide load below.



This dress was officially started at 1 PM yesterday and pretty much done by 10 PM, and subtract about 3 hours for dinner, zipper run and Scouting event at 5 PM, and 3 loads of laundry. And this pictured below, which was begun by Lucas at 8 PM and finished at 10 PM after 2 tries. He really did this by himself but didn't understand what I meant by "seam allowance," so the first attempt was half the size he wanted.



The lady at Hancock asked what I was going to make and I told her HE was going to make something, to which she replied, "Are you going to sew on your mom's machine?" He said, "No, actually I have my own machine, but I don't know what I'm going to make yet." She exclaimed that we had a designer in the making (good response, lady, and God bless you!) and asked him to bring whatever he made back in so she could see it.



If you look closely you'll notice his name, and you'll be amazed to know that he freehanded it at the machine. Takes after his mom, that one.

11 comments:

Pammie said...

Gorgeous dress - Congratulations!!

Pammie said...

BTW, I love that you sewed this dress (and vintage!) so quickly!!

Junior said...

it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love the look!

KID, MD said...

That dress looks AMAZING on you!! It will be utterly fabulous in the pink.

And - Lucas is a rock star. I can't freehand sew letters! (Or anything else, for that matter).

auntninn said...

All muslins should be that flattering. It looks great on you, and I think the simpler style will make the pink very wearable. Too many frills and you'd be in princess land, you know?

And way to go Lucas!!

sewistafashionista said...

Your mom was right, you look beautiful just as you are in that dress. No need to adopt a pose. The dress already plays up all your good points.

That is one hell of a terrific dress! I would be dancing around on my tiptoes squealing. So much for sexy :)

Anonymous said...

I really like that dress and it will look fabulous in the pink.

Sister said...

Thank you all for the nice comments - I always have doubts after I post something. The pink version is underway - gotta go buy sew-in interfacing since this one is slinkier - this'll be a new experience!

RobbieK said...

Love the dress!! I"m making that one for DD to wear to a "mandatory" office cocktail party in December. Be sure to post it, I may want to use that material in a different color.

gwensews said...

Your dress looks fantatic! You should be able to wear that and falunt it! The pink one will be a cinch now! Nice sewing.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Your "muslin" looks fantastic and the fit is fabulous!